WMU News

Fall workshops will help nurses meet professional requirements

August 27, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- The second in a series of workshops designed to help nurses meet new continuing education requirements will be offered at Western Michigan University beginning Sept. 18.

The workshops are part of the Nursing Continuing Education program started this past spring by WMU's School of Nursing and Office of Professional Programs and Conferences in cooperation with the Southwest District Nurses Association. The program is designed to enhance professional skills in patient care and personal effectiveness.

In 1996 the Michigan Board of Nursing began requiring all nurses to obtain 25 hours of continuing education credit every two years in order to renew their license.

"WMU is perfectly suited to fulfill the new need for continuing education programming," said Natalie Richert, conference coordinator in the Office of Professional Programs and Conferences. "Our accredited School of Nursing, which integrates the concept of holism into community-based practice, has developed a strong series of relevant workshops."

This fall's programs have a holistic emphasis and will be offered on the WMU campus in Kalamazoo. The workshop schedule is as follows:

Although geared toward nurses, the workshops are open to any health care professional who may benefit from the experience. Except for the two-day therapeutic touch seminar, the workshops will cost between $55 and $110 and be worth between two and six Nursing Continuing Education hours of credit. The fee includes all workshop materials and parking. A discount will apply for members of the Southwest District Nurses Association.

"We plan to continue the series by offering workshops throughout the year and, if possible, at sites throughout the state," Richert said. "We hope to become a major provider of training for nurses in Michigan."

WMU has an effective delivery system to accomplish that goal, given that its Division of Continuing Education operates Michigan's second largest extension program. The division supports regional centers in Battle Creek, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Muskegon as well as site offices in Holland and Traverse City.

For more information or to register, interested persons should call Richert in WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu


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