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UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education
Offers Health Care Programs through November

MAILED: Oct. 3, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education will continue offering programs for registered nurses and health care professionals in October and November.
         “Let’s Hang on to What We’ve Got: Enhancing Staff Retention by Promoting Resident Quality of Life in Long-Term Care,” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Holiday Inn Campus Area, Eau Claire. Highly sought after nursing home administrator, Erick Haider, from Crestview Nursing Home in Bethany, Missouri, will speak on maintaining a high quality staff and provide proven successful strategies to put into practice.
         Do you need up-to-date information on how to respond to telephone calls from patients to the office? Can you identify which calls represent emergencies and which do not? Those interested in learning more can attend “Call Waiting: Essential Telephone Triage Skills for Nurses,” offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Holiday Inn Campus Area, Eau Claire.
         “The Use and Monitoring of Psychotropic Drugs in Long-Term Care” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Park Inn, Eau Claire. This popular daylong program will enhance the knowledge base of nurses who administer and monitor the use of psychotropic drugs.
         “What You Really Need To Know Right Now: Geriatric Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse in Primary Care” will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Best Western Midway, Eau Claire. Participants will learn practical steps to help geriatric patients use their prescription safely and appropriately. A consultant pharmacist will provide guidelines and advice that will help achieve better outcomes and avoid medication mishaps.
         Nurses, social workers and other health care professionals involved in working with the elderly can benefit from “It Takes More Than Caring: An Interdisciplinary Update to Promote Adaptive Aging.” Participants will be provided with problem-solving approaches to improve clinical outcomes and adaptation to the aging process. Fall prevention techniques, osteoporosis management, infection control and restful sleep practices will be addressed. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Park Inn, Eau Claire.
         “Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses,” is a comprehensive two-day program for nurses, nurse practitioners, wound care nurses and diabetic educators. The program will address patient teaching activities, identification and treatment of selected conditions of the skin, nails and foot and nail care/management. The second day will include hands-on clinical practice. The first day runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the second day runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Section 1 is Nov. 8-9 at Hayward Memorial Hospital; section II is Jan. 10-11, 2002 and section III is June 20-21, 2002, both at UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing. Enrollment is limited to 20 for each class.
         There will be two sections offered of “Health Assessment of Adults,” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing. Section I will meet Monday, Oct. 1, 22, 29 and Nov. 5; section II will meet Jan. 15-18, 2002. This course is designed to assist nurses in gaining confidence and skill in the health assessment of adults in a variety of settings, including community, acute care, ambulatory and long term care. Classes will include lecture and discussion, audio-visuals, demonstration and supervised practice by participants. Enrollment is limited to 16 for each session.
         Understand the origin of anxiety disorders and improve treatment options in clinical practice by taking “Anxious in America: Clinical Insights Into Assessing and Managing Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders,” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Best Western Midway in Eau Claire. Expert clinician and researcher, Dr. Bradley Riemann will present up-to-the-minute, pertinent, clinically oriented information that will sharpen assessment and clinical management skills.
         Nurses, social workers and other health care providers facing intimidating, abusive or aggressive clients can take “Cool Off, Calm Down: Defusing Violent and Aggressive Behavior in the Clinical Setting” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Park Inn, Eau Claire. Participants will learn effective strategies for defusing sarcasm and verbal threats and for remaining calm when provoked. Dr. Colleen Warner, a clinical psychologist, will provide valuable training on how to handle fear and recognize escalating behavior. This program will engage participants in physical training and role-play.
         For more information or to register for any of these classes, contact Barbara Severson, Continuing Education, at (715) 836-5745.

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Updated: Oct. 3, 2001