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Media Memo: Public Health Nursing Event on Campus

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, News Bureau Director

DATE: Sept. 14, 2007

SUBJECT: Public Health Nursing Event on Campus

Nurse educators, public health nurses and nursing students will attend a public health workshop from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. TODAY (Sept. 14) in Room 119 of the Nursing Building at UW-Eau Claire.

The "ELEAP Fall Kick Off" is part of the LEAP (Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing) Project, which is a statewide project designed to advance public health nursing by linking education and practice.

Public health nurses work with individuals, families and communities to improve the overall health of a population. They work for government agencies (such as county, state and city health departments), schools, nonprofit organizations, community-based clinics and in other settings. Public health nurses see everyone from infants to geriatric patients, and they work with all populations, including underserved populations. Roles for nurses include things like teaching people about health issues such as preventative care, working with coalitions on nutrition and child care, arranging for immunization and health screening clinics, and disaster planning.

With the growing elderly population and increased emphasis on preventative treatment, public health nurses are in high demand. An increasing number of UW-Eau Claire nursing students are expressing interest in the growing specialty area of public health nursing.

Several experts in the public health field in Minnesota and Wisconsin will lead the workshop discussions Friday.

For details about the conference, the LEAP project or the importance of public health nursing education, contact Dr. Elaine Wendt, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, at 715-836-5287 or wendtle@uwec.edu; Dr. Susan Moch, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, at 715-836-4889 or smooch@uwec.edu; or Dr. Lois Taft, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, at 715-836-4911 or taftlb@uwec.edu.

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