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Upcoming event to recognize nurses' contributions to profession

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (May 8, 2007) -- The contributions of nursing to the health care profession will be celebrated during Community Nursing Day at Ohio University-Chillicothe beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Thursday, May 10, in Bennett Hall.

"This event offers an opportunity to recognize the impact that nurses make to improving people's lives, to let them know that they are appreciated and to help nurses learn how to manage their own health and deal with the stresses of their job," said Camille Leadingham, an OU-C Nursing Program faculty member and advisor of the OU-C Student Nurse Association.. "This also gives OU-C nursing students a chance to talk with practitioners in their field and gain practical further insights from them."

The event is intended for community nurses in Ross and adjacent counties. Additionally, nursing faculty throughout the Ohio University system are invited, and OU-C nursing students are instrumental in organizational and planning details.

The occasion is sponsored by the OU-C Nursing Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pickaway-Ross Joint Vocational School District, Ross Nurses Association and the OU-C Student Nurse Association.

OU-C faculty will provide presentations. Those who attend can earn continuing education credits.

"This allows us to showcase the OU-C Nursing Program to area nurses and allow them to see how they can benefit from our educational opportunities," Leadingham said.

Speakers and presentations in the Bennett Hall Auditorium include:

  • Welcome, Charlotte McManus, Associate Director of the Associate Degree Program
  • Speaker Introduction, Avonia Dearth, Pickaway-Ross JVSD
  • "Unique Characteristics of the Nurse," Camille Leadingham, OU-C faculty
  • "Nursing History: Its Role in the Promotion of the Nursing Profession," Carolyn Kaple, OU-C faculty
  • "Self-Care and the Healthcare Profession," Char Miller, OU-C faculty.
  • Closing Remarks and Ross Nurses Association, Lisa Kauffman, OU-C faculty

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Media Contact: Jack Jeffery, (740) 707-1368 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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