University of Southern Indiana

Fall Programs

FALL 2016  

September 30,  13th Pharmacology Update for Advanced Practice Nurses      

October 1, Dental Ethics and Legal Issues  

October 15 & 16, Healing Touch Workshops

October 19,  21st Annual Nursing and Health Professions Educator Conference

October 27, Pulmonary Disease Awareness Symposium


This one day program focuses on updating clinical pharmacology knowledge.   Appropriate for 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 2015 to September 2016. Additionally, a review of the updated clinical guidelines for treatment of common chronic diseases will be provided. Trish Rippito-Freeman, PhD, RPh clinical associate professor and director of Professional Practice Programs at the University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy will present the conference.  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 30, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Contact Hours: 6.25 for nurses



DENTAL ETHICS & LEGAL ISSUES FOR DENTAL PROFESSIONALS                                        

This course presented by Kevin Valadares, PhD and D. Andrew Nestrick, JD, will explore the ethical dilemmas faced by dental practitioners and the values involved in understanding and deliberating these dilemmas. Specifically, the core values of trust, responsibility and service will be discussed within a pluralistic framework derived from real-world case examples. Indiana statutes and Indiana administrative rules governing the licensure and practice of dentists and dental hygienists will also be presented.

This course meets the requirements of the Indiana rule that stipulates dentists and dental hygienists must obtain 2 hours of continuing education credit which shall cover ethics, professional responsibility, and Indiana statutes and Indiana administrative rules governing the licensure and practice of dentists and dental hygienists. The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider for CE credits by the Indiana Health Professions Bureau and the Illinois Board of Dentistry.

Instructors: Kevin Valadares, PhD and D. Andrew Nestrick, JD
Dates & Time: Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Contact Hours: 3 for dental professionals

HEALING TOUCH LEVEL 1 - Cancelled                                                                             

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. This first course in the study toward a certificate in Healing Touch is designed for anyone interested in energy healing and specifically helpful for nurses, physicians, and all health care practitioners. The program includes the basics of the Chakra and energy systems, centering, intervention techniques to help with specific physical and emotional problems and the personal development of the healer. This course 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 15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
                     Sunday, October 16, 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Location: University Center
Registration Fee: $250, ($225 for AHNA or HTI member), if paying by October 3; thereafter $325 ($300 for AHNA or HTI member)
Contact Hours: 18 for nurses and massage therapists
Course Number: HPR805

HEALING TOUCH LEVEL 2 - Cancelled                                                                                                                           

This is the second course for students who have completed Level I and wish to increase breadth and depth in the study of Healing Touch. The content will include an intake interview, back techniques and a one-hour healing sequence. Emphasis in the experiential learning is on developing healing sequences for specific client needs.

Instructor: Bonnie Johnson, MS, RN, CHTI
Date & Time: Saturday,October 15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
                          Sunday, October 16, 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Location: University Center
Registration Fee: $250, ($225 for AHNA or HTI member), if paying by October 3; thereafter $325 ($300 for AHNA or HTI member)
Contact Hours: 17.5 for nurses and massage therapists
Course Number: HPR806

21st Annual Nursing and Health Professions Educator Conference

This is a one-day conference for educators of health professionals in academic and healthcare settings to improve their educational methodology and teaching in their current practice. The morning sessions on Strategies for Fostering Student Civility in Health Professional Education and Rethinking Civility in Health Professional Education: Considerations Beyond Student Behavior will be presented by Susan Luparell, Ph.D, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNE, ANEF, associate professor at Montana State University College of Nursing.  Oral and poster presentations selected from a Call for Abstracts will provide concurrent sessions on innovative teaching strategies, projects, or research in educating healthcare professionals. The conference will close with an interactive session on inter-professional simulation.

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 19, 2016


PULMONARY DISEASE AWARENESS SYMPOSIUM                                                             

This ½ day symposium for nurses, respiratory therapists, healthcare professionals and lay persons will open with information on the new Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Registry. Other topics will include drug trials for treatment of pulmonary fibrosis, overview of the various types and causes of asthma, and update on nutrition for the client with lung  disease.  Presenters include Brian Kessler, MBA, RRT-NPS, Director of Respiratory Care, Neurodiagnostics with St. Mary’s Medical Center, Julie L. McCullough, PhD, MS, BS, associate and tenured professor and program director of the Food and Nutrition Program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana, Gregory A. Folz, BS, CCRP, Administrative Director of the Research Institute of Deaconess Clinic, and Roger Johnson, MD, FCCP, with Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, St. Mary's Medical Center.

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, October 27, 8 am – 12 noon
Location: University Center, University of Southern Indiana
Registration Fee: $60; $10 for students and community participants
Contact Hours: 3.5 for nurses and Indiana licensed health professionals. Application has been made for respiratory therapists from AARC

Course No. HPR820


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


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