University of Southern Indiana

Fall Programs

FALL 2017  

September 21, Pulmonary Disease Awareness Symposium   

September 27, Sharing the Experience: Advance Care Planning in the State of Indiana

September 29,  14th Pharmacology Update for Health Care Providers       

September 30,  New for Dental Hygienists - Trends in Oral Health Care

October 12,  4th Annual Health Informatics Tri-State Summit                      

October 21 & 22, Healing Touch Workshops                                              

 October 18, 22nd Annual Nursing and Health Professions Educator Conference

October 25,  PEP Rally: A Perinatal Conference        

PULMONARY DISEASE AWARENESS SYMPOSIUM                                                             

This ½ day symposium for nurses, respiratory therapists, healthcare professionals, student and lay persons will open with information on the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Registry. The symposium will provide an overview of innovations in pulmonary disease diagnosis and management including pulmonary fibrosis (PF), lung cancer, lung transplantation and pharmaceutical considerations. The learning outcome of the program is for the attendee to be able to implement effective strategies in the effective care and management of persons with respiratory illness. 

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 8 am – 12 noon
Contact Hours: 3.5 for nurses, social workers and health facility administrators; 3.25 for Continuing Respiratory Care Education
Course No. HPR820


Sharing the Experience: Advance Care Planning in the State of Indiana

Join health care professionals, community volunteers, and other interested individuals for a day of collaborative networking, learning, and sharing of Advance Care planning experiences and ideas. This continuing education program will explore the current state of advance care planning in Indiana including resources available across the state, programs that are available to facilitate advance care planning conversations, discussion of new ideas related to planning, hospice and palliative care facts, and the future of advance care planning in Indiana

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 27, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: New Harmony Inn, Conference Center, New Harmony, Indiana
Contact Hours:

5.75 for nurses, social workers and health facility administrators
6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for physicians

Course Number: HPR900



This one day program focuses on updating clinical pharmacology knowledge.   Appropriate for pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and advance practice nurses in clinic and acute care settings, sessions will provide participants an opportunity to review new therapies entering the market during the past year, including a review of the pharmacology and clinical use of select new drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from October 2016 to September 2017. Additionally, a review of the updated clinical guidelines for treatment of common chronic diseases will be provided. Wendy L. Wright, MS, RN, APRN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN, the featured speaker, is an adult and family nurse practitioner and the owner of two nurse practitioner owned and operated clinics within New Hampshire.  She is also the owner of Partners in Healthcare Education, a medical education company.  Ms. Wright will present four sessions throughout the morning.  In addition, two concurrent sessions and a closing plenary will offer a variety of topics from regional presenters.  All contact hours apply for pharmacology continuing education requirements for the renewal of the advanced practice nurse prescriptive authority license in Indiana.

Date & Time: Friday, September 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: University Center, Carter Hall
Contact Hours: 7.0 for nurses
Course No. HPR809


September 30,  New for Dental HygienistsTrends in Oral Health Care

This half-day conference will focus on the current trends in oral healthcare.  The speaker, Lisa Mallonee, MPH, RDH, RD, LD, is a tenured Professor, Graduate Program Director and Registered Dietitian at the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, Texas A&M College of Dentistry.  Her passion for educating patients, students, oral healthcare professionals and dietetic practitioners about the oral health-nutrition link has been the hallmark of her career.

Ms. Mallonee will present on “Bugs, Drugs and Food Fads: Considerations for the Dental Profession”.  The program outcomes are to identify common probiotics designed for oral health, food trends and implications for patient care.  The program will also discuss the vitamin and mineral supplementation specific to various patient populations and resources to determine risk versus benefits of supplementation.  As dental professionals, we need to be aware of the changing landscape of probiotic use, dietary supplements and food fads and how these trends could potentially impact patient care.  This program is targeted toward dental hygienists, dental assistants, dentists, dental health students and other interested health professionals. 

Date & Time: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8 a.m. – 12:15 noon
Location: University of Southern Indiana, Health Professions Building,Mitchell Auditorium
Course No. HPR882
Refreshments and materials included.


New Month!  

Reduced fees extended!

October 12, 4th Annual Health Informatics Tri-State Summit

This one-day conference will focus on the cutting-edge health information and innovative solutions needed to take healthcare delivery to the next level. Through insightful discussions and engaging presentations, leading experts
will share emerging trends in healthcare information technology.
This conference will prepare health professionals to implement effective health informatics strategies in their individual professional practice and their organization. This program will be of interest to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, informaticists, health information technologists, medical practice managers, healthcare managers,health professionals, students and others whose scope of practice is related to health informatics. 

 The conference keynote presenters include Matt Jones, inspirational speaker who will present “Health Informatics is a Marathon”, Brian Malec presenting “Needs, Opportunities an Pathways for the Health Information Technology Workforce, and Ross Martin, renowned international speaker and songwriter presenting “Adventures in Health Information Exchange:The Musical!”.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m
Location: University of Southern Indiana, University Center
Course No. HPR870




HEALING TOUCH COURSE 1 (formerly referred to as “LEVEL 1”)                                 

Foundations of Healing Touch is the first course in the study toward a certificate in Healing Touch and is designed for anyone interested in energy healing and specifically helpful for nurses, and all health care practitioners. The Healing Touch Certificate Program is a multi-level course of study in energy-based therapy that moves from beginning to advanced practitioner and is complementary to heath care. The theoretical concepts that underlie holistic healthcare practices are explored along with how these concepts relate to the core values which guide the practice of Healing Touch. Healing Touch techniques used in the etheric field are acquired along with an understanding of how these techniques interface with the human biofield. The course instructor will demonstrate and students will practice healing techniques. Foundations of Healing Touch is an approved course of study of the Healing Beyond Borders Healing Touch Certificate Program. For more information about Healing Touch, go to

 Instructor: Victoria E. Slater, PhD, RN, CHTI, HNC
Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
                     Sunday, October 22, 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Location: University Center
Contact Hours: 18 for nurses and massage therapists
Course Number: HPR805


HEALING TOUCH COURSE 3    (formerly referred to as “LEVEL 3”)                                                                                   

Advanced Healer Preparation is the third course in the study toward a certificate in Healing Touch.  This course is for students who have completed Energetic Patterning and Clinical Applications (formerly referred to as Level 2) and desire to acquire methods of raising one’s energetic vibration that facilitate the student’s application of techniques that can be utilized with upper layers of the biofield. The course instructor will demonstrate and students will practice healing techniques. Advanced Healer Preparation is an approved course of study of the Healing Beyond Borders Healing Touch Certificate Program. For more information about Healing Touch, go to

Instructor: Bonnie Johnson, MS, RN, CHTI
Date & Time: Saturday,October 21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
                          Sunday, October 22, 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Location: University Center
Contact Hours: 17.5 for nurses and massage therapists
Course Number: HPR807

22nd Annual Nursing and Health Professions Educator Conference

This is a one-day conference focusing on innovative teaching strategies for health professionals in academic and healthcare settings to provide the attendee with a variety of presentations focusing on innovative instructional methodology and current issues in education. This conference will include paper and poster presentations as well as foster networking among professionals who are interested in promoting quality educational practices. Dr. Jodi Berndt, PhD, RN, CCRN, PCCN, CNE, will provide the keynote and morning plenary.  Dr. Berndt, an Assistant Professor with the College of St. Benedict/St. Johns, St. Joseph, MN, has spoken nationally and researched the use of innovative pedagogies to engage learners and clinical teaching effectiveness.  The afternoon will include six 20-minute juried oral presentations, a juried poster session, and a closing provided by Dr. Ryan Butler.  Dr. Butler, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Southern Indiana, has researched and implemented the use of Interprofessional Education in an effort to prepare students to practice as part of a collaborative team while improving health care delivery.

The learning outcome of the conference is for attendees to implement effective teaching strategies in health professional educational environments.

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: University Center, Carter Hall
Contact Hours: 6 for nurses and for the following professionals licensed in Indiana: social workers, health facility administrators, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and dental professionals
Course Number: HPR800



October 25, PEP Rally: A Perinatal Conference

This one-day conference will include sessions on Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Pilot Project, Direct On-Scene Education (DOSE) initiative, an update on Zika, Baby box project for safe sleep, and an update on the Midwest AIDS Training & Education Center (MATEC) one test, two lives.

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 25, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: University Center, Carter Hall
Registration Fee: $40, $20 undergraduate students
Contact Hours: 6.5 for nurses 

Course Number: HPR811

*All handouts will be available  only electronically and will be made available two days before the conference**


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