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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


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Classes for Health Care Professionals
Continue Through May 

MAILED: April 5, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Office of Continuing Education will be offering a variety of programs for registered nurses and health care professionals throughout May.
         "Dementia Care Update: Medical, Behavior and Environmental Approaches" will be offered 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the Park Inn and Suites, Eau Claire. Nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and other health care professionals working with the elderly can attend this program to help incorporate the latest strategies for treatment of persons with dementia, delirium or depression, with focus on providing a humanizing environment.
         Advanced practice nurses in primary care can attend "What You Really Need to Know Right Now: Psychopharmacology for the Advanced Practice Nurse in Primary Care," 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Holiday Inn Campus Center, Eau Claire. A practicing clinician will discuss managing psychoactive medications used for the treatment of common behavioral disorders, focusing on the use of atypical antipsychotics, antidepressants, antianxiety agents and mood stabilizers and the off-label use of other medications used for adults.
         "Quality Correctional Health Care: A Team Approach" will be offered 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, and 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Kalahari Resort Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, for jail nurses, jail administrators, sheriffs, administrators of juvenile detention facilities, local health department staff members, prison health care staff and other correctional staff. For additional information contact the Wisconsin Public Health Association (800) 545-0635 or (608) 283-5486.
         "Technology Update for Nurses Outside the Acute Care Setting" will be offered 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing. This program allows nurses in nursing homes, home care, school and other community settings to review and update technical skills by practicing basic IV skills, advanced IV skills and tube feedings in a supportive learning environment.
         Nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, teachers and clergy can attend "Suicide 911: Identification, Intervention and Prevention," offered 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Holiday Inn Campus Area, Eau Claire. Dr. Terence Barrett, a clinical psychologist and author, will share his clinical knowledge to help attendees accurately assess and intervene effectively in the care of the suicidal individual.
         "When a Child Does Not Comply: Treating Troubled Behavior" will be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Holiday Inn Campus Area, Eau Claire. Dr. Terrence Barrett will address current treatment strategies for managing troubling childhood behavior and discuss what makes behavior change so difficult, what makes behavior modification techniques so effective, and what the pitfalls of punishment strategies are.
         Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, mental health counselors or any health care providers working with kids and teens are encouraged to attend, "The Children's Pharmacy: A Clinical Update on Pediatric and Adolescent Drug Therapy." Tom Nelson, pharmacy clinical coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and certified specialist in poison information, will update attendees on the recent pharmacological advances for the treatment of childhood and adolescent behavioral disorders, infectious diseases and asthmatic conditions. This program will be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Ramada Inn Conference Center, Eau Claire.
         "Out of the Fog: The Pharmacology and Clinical Management of Withdrawal from Commonly Abused Psychoactive Substances" will be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Ramada Inn and Convention Center, Eau Claire, for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, substance abuse counselors, mental health and other healthcare providers who need a current, comprehensive knowledge of substance abuse issues. This program will improve attendees' clinical knowledge and skills for working with adults and adolescents undergoing withdrawal. Participants will learn to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and withdrawal, the short and long-term effects of addiction and the medications used to manage withdrawal.
         Several other programs, including "Anxious in America- Part II: Clinical Insights into Assessing and Managing Anxiety Disorders," "Tardive Dyskinesia Assessment and Monitoring," "Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses" and "On the Road to Healthier Communities: The Fifth Annual Public Health Nursing Conference," will be offered June through August.
         UW-Eau Claire, in cooperation with UW-Extension, awards continuing education units and contact hours for these classes. Early registration, at least 15 days prior to the program, is preferred to guarantee space and prevent cancellation. You may register online at and follow up with payment. Fees vary for each program.
         For more information about all the classes offered or to register, contact Barbara Severson, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, at (715) 836-5745.

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Judy Berthiaume
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: April 5, 2002