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Kirtland Community College hosts annual nursing conference

Kirtland Community College’s Department of Nursing is inviting all area nurses to its annual Spring Nursing Conference on Thursday, May 10, at the Auditorium on Kirtland’s central campus near Roscommon.

The one-day conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. on May 10, with registration and a continental breakfast, and end at about 4:30 p.m. The focus of this year’s conference is “Wellness Education Lessons for Life,” with topics that include “Wellness for Hearth Health” with Lyn Behnke, MSN, FNPBC, CAFCI, FAAIM; “Relationship of Wellness to Pain Management” by Marian Long, RN, MSN, AHN-BC; “Wellness Concepts Applied to End of Life Care” with Dr. Thad Jackson, DO; “Ecology of Wellness for Nurses” by Dr. Sharon Olson, Ph.D., GNP-BC; and “Current Recommended Immunizations and Screenings Across the Lifespan,” with Heidi Loynes, BSN, RN.

“Kirtland’s annual nursing conference provides an opportunity for LPNs and RNs to participate in informative presentations on a wide variety of topics as they relate to patient wellness,” said Julie Lavender, Associate Dean for Health Sciences at Kirtland.  “Nursing professionals will also have the opportunity to network with respected local colleagues and fulfill the pain management continuing education requirement required for license renewal in Michigan.”

The talents of Kirtland’s graduating nursing class of 2011 will be on display in a Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Poster presentation, and attendees will have access to a variety of vendor exhibits.  A silent auction is also planned, with proceeds directed toward providing affordable professional nursing conferences in the future.

In total, the spring conference provides 6.0 continuing education contact hours and meets the Michigan State Board of Nursing’s continuing education requirement.  In order to earn certification, participants must attend the entire conference, as no partial credits will be granted.

Cost to attend is $35 per student, $60 for a licensed nurse (either LPN or RN), if registering prior to Friday, April 13, and includes the continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch. The fee increases to $65 after April 13.

For more information, contact Julie Lavender by calling 989-275-5000, extension 298, or via e-mail at julie.lavender@kirtland.eduDownload the 7th Annual Nursing Conference brochure.