University of Southern Indiana

Spring Programs


  2nd Annual Health Informatics Tri-state Summit

The second Annual Health Informatics Tri-state Summit (HITS), whose overall theme is “Engaged Patients, Engaged Providers”, will focus on the cutting edge health information and innovative solutions needed to take healthcare delivery to the next level. National experts will share emerging health information technology trends and information to prepare health professionals to implement effective health informatics strategies in their individual professional practice and their organization.   

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana, University Center
Registration Fee: $125, $100 for HIMSS members, $15 for students, if registering by January 14; thereafter, $145; $15 for students. (Includes lunch)
Contact Hours: 6.25 for nurses, physicians, CPHIMS, and Indiana health professionals
Course Number: HPR870

Accreditation Statements:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of St. Mary’s Medical Center CME Department, the University of Southern Indiana, and Indiana HIMSS.  St. Mary’s Medical Center is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 St. Mary’s Medical Center designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 6.25 Category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

 University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 Request for approval for continuing education credits from CPHIMS has been made.


The Heart of Cardiovascular Nursing                                                 

This conference will focus on Cardiovascular Care as it relates to acute care settings as well as community and home health care settings. The target audience includes registered nurses in cardiology, emergency room, intensive care units, Cath Lab, operating room, physicians’ offices, home health and case management. This annual nursing seminar is jointly provided by University of Southern Indiana, Deaconess Hospital, and the Greater Evansville Chapter of AACN. Contact Jennifer Palmer at 812/450-2134 or for further information. For online registration visit and type in search box, “Heart Conference.”

Date & Time: Thursday, March 12, 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Location: University Center, Carter Hall                                  


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12th Annual Nursing Leadership Conference

Pam Beitlich, MSN, ARNP, RN will present this one-day conference. With more than 30 years of experience in patient care, medical staff relations and nursing administration, Pam Beitlich is a talented speaker and facilitator who adds instant credibility and value to every presentation she delivers. Her comprehensive hospital background, including work as a former emergency department nurse and nursing administrator (in many different roles) gives Pam an immediate “in” with healthcare groups interested in creating change.  Her achievements as a Studer Group coach include the kind of results that make people sit up and listen, raising patient and staff satisfaction, while reducing turnover and improving quality metrics. Opening the conference and providing insight regarding the patient experience is Regina Holliday, patient advocate, activist, artist, speaker and author, often found at health conferences painting the content she hears from the patient view. This conference is co-provided with the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives (IONE), St. Mary’s Medical Center, Deaconess Hospital, and the University of Evansville.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: University Center, University of Southern Indiana
Registration Fee: $100, $80 for IONE Members, and $15 for students registering by March 18; thereafter, $115, $95 for IONE members, $25 for students. Refreshments, lunch, and access to materials included.
Contact Hours: 6 for nurses and health facility administrators
Course Number: HPR803


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 nurses, physicians, health care practitioners, and interested laypersons and 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 14, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
University Center 
Registration Fee: $250, ($225 for AHNA or HTI member), if paying by February 20; thereafter $325 ($300 for AHNA or HTI member)  
Contact Hours: 18 for nurses and massage therapists 
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 19th  Annual Research Evidence-Based Practice, and Performance Improvement in Healthcare Conference

Designed to explore health care issues through presentations related to research, evidenced-based practice, and performance improvement in healthcare, this conference will include oral and poster presentations selected from a call for abstracts. The environment will foster networking among professionals who are interested in implementing evidenced based practice and utilizing research. Dr. Maria R. Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN, assistant dean and professor in the School of Nursing at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will present the keynote address Authentic Leadership From Research to Practice. Dr. Shirey teaches primarily in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, focusing on leadership, management, health policy and scholarly writing. A previous nurse executive with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Shirey is a champion for healthy work environments that enhance the ability of healthcare professionals to provide safe, quality patient care while personally growing, thriving and remaining engaged within the discipline.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: University Center, Carter Hall
Registration Fee: $105, $15 for undergraduate students, and $50 for graduate students registering by April 1; 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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The Midwest Care Coordination Conference

The 21st Annual Case Management Conference is for healthcare professionals who are involved in the transition and coordination of care. The day will open with patient advocate, activist, artist, speaker and author, Regina Holliday, providing insight regarding the patient experience. Following her morning keynote address, Ms. Holliday will paint her impressions of what she hears at the conference by creating a picture from the patient view and presenting her work in the closing session.  Concurrent  sessions will  focus on care coordination. Joint Provider is Tri-State Case Manager’s Network.

Date & Time: Thursday, May 7, 8 a.m to 4:15 p.m.
Location: University Center, Carter Hall
Registration Fee: $80, $25 for graduate students, and $15 for undergraduate students until April 24; thereafter $95; $40 for graduate students; and $25 for undergraduate students. Includes lunch & refreshments.
Contact Hours: 5.75 for nurses, social workers, certified case managers, and health facility administrators.
Course Number: HPR895


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 17th Annual Advanced Practice Nursing Symposium

This annual symposium will focus on topics of interests to advanced practice nurses in ambulatory and acute care settings.  Wendy L. Wright, MS, RN, APRN, FNP, FAANP is an adult and family nurse practitioner and the owner of two nurse practitioner owned and operated clinics within New Hampshire named: Wright & Associates Family Healthcare @ Amherst and @ Concord. In addition, she is a Partner with Partners in Healthcare Education, a medical education company. She is the Past President of NPACE and the Senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates. Ms. Wright will present four plenary sessions on topics including dermatology across the life span,  top  new  medications, and laboratory interpretation,    

Six plenary sessions will include mental health topics, menopause and hormonal replacement presented by Anne Moore, DNP, and other current areas of interest of nurse practitioners. This program is jointly provided with the Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPNI) Region 4. For information regarding CAPNI membership, go to

Date & Time: Friday, May 8, 7:50 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Location: University Center, Carter Hall
Registration Fee: $105, $85 for CAPNI Region 4 members, $20 for undergraduate students and $50 for graduate students, if registering by April 24; thereafter, $120, $100 for CAPNI Region 4 members, $35 for undergraduate students and $65 for graduate students
Contact Hours: 6.25 for nurses and health facility administrators
Course Number: HPR809


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32nd Annual Institute For Alcohol and Drug Studies                                      

New this year, the annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies (IADS) expands to 2 ½ days focusing on current, effective alcohol and drug treatment. This inter-professional conference provides practical tools and ground-breaking information related to successful intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

 The first day morning plenary features, Robert J. Ackerman, PhD, professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort and co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals. Dr. Ackerman has become internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages. His 3 ½ hour morning keynote will focus on chemical  dependency and the family using a strength based model  for  treatment  and  recovery followed by concurrent  sessions  on appreciating gender  differences  in treatment  of  adolescents and young  adults and  the seven  habits  of  a  highly successful  prevention  programs. 

 Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, will present the second day morning plenary on It’s the Relationship that Heals: A New Perspective on Evidence Based Practice, followed by concurrent  sessions  on dancing  mindfulness and guided imagery. Dr. Marich  is founder of Mindful Ohio and the Institute for  Creative  Mindfulness where she specializes in addiction treatment (chemical & behavioral), PTSD/issues related to abuse and trauma, performance enhancement, dissociative disorders, spiritual issues (including recovery from spiritual abuse), cross-cultural issues, consultation/mentoring, grief/loss, and group therapy. 

 The last day of the Institute, Reverend Leo Booth, a Unity minister, and an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and trainer on all aspects of spirituality and recovery from depression, addictions, compulsive behaviors, and low self-esteem will provide half of the morning on Dynamics of Spirituality and Recovery and the second half of the morning on Who Takes Care of the Care-givers: Self Care. A Certified Addictions Counselor, Rev. Leo speaks at many National and International conferences, plus churches of all denominations. In addition to specific in-services and lectures on religious addiction and abuse, Rev. Leo presents workshops, lectures, and training on a broad spectrum of issues to a variety of organizations and institutions.

Additional concurrent sessions will provide information on trends in use of illegal substances, ethics, HIV/AIDS and other topics of current interest.

Date & Time: Wednesday & Thursday, May 13 & 14, 8 am to 5 pm; Friday, May 15, 8 am to 12 noon.
Location: Health Professions Center
Registration Fee: $134 for Wednesday or Thursday only, $60 for Friday only, $300 for all three days, $50 for students for Wednesday or Thursday only, $25 for Friday, $120 for students for all three  days, if  registering  by April 29; thereafter, fees are increased by $15 per day. (Includes lunch on day one and two, breaks, and CE certificate)
Contact Hours: Application for continuing education submitted to IAAP, IAODAPCA, ICAADA,NAADAC, NASW, Kentucky Board of Certification of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Kentucky
Board of Examiners of Psychology, nursing, and health facility administrator.
Contact Hours: Up to 14.5 for Wednesday and Thursday, 3.5 for Friday
Course Number: HPR890


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