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Continuing Nursing Education Conference draws more than 800 attendees


For immediate release
Date:    November 1, 2011
Contact:   Ashley Wiggin- Communications and Marketing Officer,, 206-221-2456

SEATTLE- The school’s largest Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) conference of the year, the 34th Annual Pacific Northwest National Conference on Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care was an outstanding success earlier this fall. The three-day conference, October 27-29 at the Washington State Convention Center, drew 845 attendees from over 600 agencies in 25 states, Canada, China and Thailand. Over 250 SON alums attended along with another 200 SON faculty, clinical faculty, students, staff, preceptors, and long time SON supporters. UW President Michael K. Young welcomed the audience and praised the school for its “…strong national presence and reputation as a pacesetter in Advanced Practice...” and for being “…a treasured resource for our community, our state, and our nation.” Sue Woods, Professor Emerita and Former Associate Dean for Academic Services, presented the Preceptor-of-the-Year to Terri Wolber. Special thanks to Marie Annette Brown and Maddy Wiley for their leadership as co-chairs and to the many faculty, clinical faculty and community members who served on the planning committee and attended the conference!

Four recent DNP graduates presented their capstone projects in a session that highlighted “Real world strategies to change practice” at the CNE Advanced Practice Conference. These graduates were recommended by faculty as having done exemplar work with a project that was very pertinent to a clinical agency or practice working to improve the quality of care they deliver. The students, Kori Dewing, DNP, ARNP; Joni Longthorpe, DNP, ARNP, CDE; Maria Rahardja, DNP, ARNP; Teresa Garrett Hill, DNP, MN, RN, alongside Marie-Annette Brown, prof., FCN, spoke on projects that have been implemented and had positive outcomes to serve as examples for other advanced practice nurses to become involved in practice change.

Several School of Nursing faculty and students also shared poster presentations at the conference. Participants included Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, Director of the Graduate Nurse-Midwifery program, with a poster titled “Nurse-Midwifery Care after Preterm Birth: Appraisal of Best Practices to Strengthen Outcomes”, and Shari Luchino, Nurse Midwifery student, shared a poster session titled “Donor Breast Milk Use in the NICU.”

Resounding kudos to the entire CNE staff for making it all happen! To view pictures of this event, please visit the CNE Facebook page.


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