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KCC hosts annual nursing conference May 5

ROSCOMMON – Kirtland Community College’s Department of Health Sciences is inviting area nurses and nursing students to its sixth annual spring conference, “Music, Minds and Methods,” on Thursday, May 5, at the G.I. Stewart Auditorium on Kirtland’s main campus near Roscommon.

The featured presenter this year is pianist/composer Robin Spielberg, who in 2001 was named the celebrity artist spokeswoman for the American Music Therapy Association. Spielberg was also the recipient of the ASCAP Popular Music Award and a finalist in 2003 for the Great American Song Contest for her ballad, “I Remember You.”

Spielberg donates $1 for each sale of her lullaby CD to music therapy research. Her presentation of “Embracing the Art of Presence with Music” will also include Amy Colombo and Sharon Olson.

“We are very excited to have Robin as our featured speaker,” said Cynde Kochensparger, nursing clinical coordinator at Kirtland. “Those attending will get a first-hand look at how music can be integrated into the healing process. We think this will be a very informative and revealing presentation that people won’t want to miss.”

The one-day conference begins at 8:30 a.m. on May 5, with registration and a continental breakfast just prior from 7:45-8:15 a.m. There will be a wrap-up and evaluation period at 4:15 p.m., with the conference set to end at about 4:30 p.m.

Along with Spielberg’s featured address, this year’s topics include “Methods of Managing Common Wounds,” by Della Lambert; “Working with Persons with Mental Health Challenges in Community Health Settings,” by Mary McAndrews Hubbard and Ruth Pilon; and “An Integrative Approach to Pain Management,” by Lyn Behnke.

There will also be a gallery walk and poster presentation, highlighting projects by graduating nursing students at Kirtland, and a silent auction, as well as professional and informational exhibits.

Kochensparger said the conference is more than just informational and will help nurses and nursing students fulfill several goals. The spring conference will meet the Michigan State Board of Nursing’s continuing education requirement for pain management. But, to earn certification, participants must attend the entire conference, as no partial credits will be granted.

“It is close to home and a great opportunity to network with nurses locally,” Kochensparger added. “We really hope area nurses and nursing students take advantage and attend.”

Cost to attend is $35 per student or $60 for a licensed nurse (either LPN or RN), if registering prior to Saturday, April 16, and includes a continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch. The fee for licensed nurses increases to $65 after April 16.

Annually, about 3,200 students attend a variety of certificate and two-year degree programs at Kirtland’s four locations – the main campus near Roscommon and the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Gaylord, as well as sites in Grayling and West Branch – with the college’s service area including all or parts of Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Otsego, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Gladwin and Alcona counties, and the surrounding areas.

For more information or to register for the May 5 conference, contact Kochensparger by calling 989-275-5000, extension 306, or via e-mail at