University of Southern Indiana

Spring Programs

Spring 2017                                                                              

March 6-10, 2017, SANE Training                                                                     

March 11 & 12, 2017, Healing Touch Workshops                                             

April 5, 2017, 14th Annual Nursing Leadership                                                   

April 19, 2017, 21st Annual Research and Healthcare Issues Conference            

May 5, 2017, 19th Annual Advanced Practice Nursing Symposium                         

May 11, 2017, 22nd Annual Midwest Care Coordination Conference                         

May 17, 18 & 19, 2017, 34th Annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies (IADS)


This five-day educational training will follow the 2015 International Association of Forensic Nurses guidelines for Adolescent/Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). To sit for the SANE certification exam, a nurse must attend the entire 40-hour SANE training course, as well as complete clinical requirements outlined by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, which will be discussed during the training. USI program staff will monitor and provide documentation of completion of clinical requirements.

Nurses enrolled in the five-day SANE Training also must complete an online self-study (February 13-March 1) prior to the training.

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and USI College of Nursing and Health Professions Continuing Education are collaborating with regional partners to host this training. SANE trained nurses must follow specific protocols in the care and examination of sexual assault victims to preserve evidence and ensure chain of custody.

Recognizing the importance of participation across different agencies, the training will not be limited to nurses. The following are considered potential participants: law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, health care professionals, students and social workers.

Instructors include SANE trained and SANE certified nurses, Indiana State Police forensic scientists, prosecuting attorneys and victim support specialists. Email Jane Friona ( with questions about the training.

Dates & Times: Monday through Friday, March 6-10, 2017, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST)

Registration Fee: $200 for nurses for all 5 days & self-study; $100 for all 5 days for non-nurses, if registering by February 13. Thereafter, $300 for nurses for all 5 days & self-study; $150 for non-nurses for all 5 days. Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials and continuing education credit.

Contact Hours: 42 for nurses

Course Number:  HPR850

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HEALING TOUCH LEVEL 1                                                                          

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: Geraldine Kerns Hartmayer, RN, CHTP, CHTI, HN
Date & Time: Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
                     Sunday, March 12, 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Location: University Center
Registration Fee: $250, ($225 for AHNA or HTI member), if paying by March 3; thereafter $325 ($300 for AHNA or HTI member)
Contact Hours: 18 for nurses and massage therapists
Course Number: HPR805


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HEALING TOUCH LEVEL 2                                                                                                                           

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, March 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
                          Sunday, March 12, 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Location: University Center
Registration Fee: $250, ($225 for AHNA or HTI member), if paying by March 3; thereafter $325 ($300 for AHNA or HTI member)
Contact Hours: 17.5 for nurses and massage therapists
Course Number: HPR806


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14th Annual Nursing Management and Leadership Conference 

The IONE Southwest District in conjunction with the University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is presenting the 14th Annual Nursing Management and Leadership Conference on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, on the University of Southern Indiana campus. The one day educational program is designed to energize, nurture, and inspire nurse managers employed in a variety of workplace settings.  Up to 400 nurse managers and leaders participate in the event each year and we are expecting another successful conference this year.  The day will be presented by Ms. Vicki Hess, RN, MS, CSP, author, speaker, facilitator, and consultant.  With more than 30 years of business and healthcare experience, and as a Top 5 Healthcare Speaker, Ms. Hess provides inspirational and evidence-based strategies for workplace engagement and leadership development to organizations across the country.  Ms. Hess will present on the topic of Employee Engagement for the New Care Model: Straight Talk for Changing Times.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: University of Southern Indiana, University Center, Carter Hall
Registration Fee: $100, $80 for IONE Members, $15 for undergraduate students, and $50 for graduate students registering by March 23; thereafter, $115, $95 for IONE Members,$25 for undergraduate students, and $65 for graduate students. Includes lunch, breaks, and contact hours. 
Contact Hours: Up to 6 contact hours for nurses and health facility administrators

Course Number: HPR803


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This conference will provide an environment to disseminate research, evidence based practice and performance improvement among healthcare disciplines. The attendee will have an opportunity to learn about strategies to improve patient care and health care systems, through the keynote presentation and juried oral and poster presentations, as well as network with other professionals who are interested in promoting quality patient care.  Dr. Kevin McMullen, Medical Director and Radiation Oncologist with The Cancer Center at Columbus Regional Health, will be the keynote presenter.  A graduate of the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. McMullen will be presenting, “Advancing Cancer Survivorship Research”.  The learner outcome of this program is to prepare health professionals to implement effective research and evidence-based healthcare strategies and practices in their individual professional practice and their organization.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: University of Southern Indiana, University Center, Carter Hall
Registration Fee: $105, $15 for undergraduate students, and $50 for graduate students registering by April 5; thereafter, $120, $30 for undergraduate students, and $65 for graduate students. (Includes lunch for full pay registration)
Contact Hours: TBA for nurses and health facility administrators

Course Number: HPR801

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Friday, May 05

The Coalition of Advanced Practices Nurses of Indiana (CAPNI) Region 4 and the USI College of Nursing and Health Professions host this all day conference that will explore the most current assessment and treatment options for a variety of patient problems and populations.  Wendy Wright, MS, RN, APRN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN, is scheduled as the featured speaker. Ms. Wright is the owner of two, nurse practitioner owned and operated clinics in New Hampshire. Ms. Wright has been inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, is the nurse practitioner representative on her state Immunization Advisory Board, and has presented nationally on a variety of topics.  Ms. Wright’s presentations at the Symposium include a Radiology Workshop, Hypertension Management, Discussion of New and Upcoming Infections, and Laboratory Interpretation.  The day will also include two concurrent sessions offering a variety of topics from local experts. This is a very popular conference with family nurse practitioners and acute care nurse practitioners.

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Thursday, May 11

Midwest Care Coordination Conference

The 22nd Annual Case Management/Midwest Care Coordination Conference includes all healthcare professionals who are involved in the transition and coordination of care. The topics of the 2017 conference will reflect this broadened scope. Dr. Juliet B. Ugarte Hopkins, MD, CHCQM, Physician Advisor with ProHealth Care, with a focus on Case Management, Utilization, and Clinical Documentation will present a keynote on Medicare Updates: What’s New in 2017.  The closing keynote, Karen Zander, RN, MS, CMAC, FAAN, President and CEO of the Center for Case Management, will present a topic on the MOON letter and close the conference with methods to help patients and families achieve self-management, using support systems, and rules for “living in the orange”.  Ms. Zander integrates her personal journey from waking up paralyzed to living a para-normal life.  A variety of concurrent sessions will be offered such as speakers from Guardianship Services of Southwest Indiana, SWIRCA & More, Qsource, Veterans Administration, Anthem, Community Health Worker Program, Evansville MD2U, ACCELERO, Southwest Behavioral, and Congressman Bucshon on legislative updates.

Our exhibit hall fills early at this popular conference!   

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Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 17-19 

The annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies (IADS) focuses on current, effective, alcohol and drug treatment. The two-day, inter-professional conference provides practical tools and groundbreaking information related to successful intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

The first day will feature, Mita M. Johnson, Ed.D., LAC, LPC, LMFT, MAC  who has an Ed.D in Counselor Education and Supervision, an MA in Counseling, and a BA in Biology.  She is a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed addiction counselor, along with earning national Master Addiction Counselor and Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional certifications. Dr. Johnson will present on Medication-Assisted Treatment. 

Day two will bring Dr. Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CADCIII, CATC-V, an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco, Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Serves, Addictions Recovery Center and Director of Research and Education of CNS Productions, Inc. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and has worked in this field for 50 years.  Dr. Inaba will present on the growing epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction.

The half-day session on day three will bring Dr. Donald P. Osborn, PhD, LMFT, LCSW, LMHC, LCAC, who is Director and Professor of the Graduate Clinical Addictions Counseling Program at Indiana Wesleyan University.  He is past National President of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and the past Chair of the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.  Dr. Osborn will present on the heritage and future for addiction counselors including the challenges and what the future holds for professionals in the addiction workforce.  Throughout day one and two, participants will choose from eleven additional afternoon concurrent sessions.

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