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UMFK nursing students to present papers related to current nursing issues

April 11, 2003

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University of Maine at Fort Kent senior nursing students will be presenting an analysis of various issues that are current to nursing on Monday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.

The goal of this forum is to guide the transition of the student nurse into the role of a professional nurse.

Jill Michaud of Madawaska will present her paper entitled "Intervention in Health Care: Nursing's Role in the Development and Implementation of Policy", Caroline Cyr of Van Buren's topic is "Professional Nursing's Response to Social Change: Influences on Health Care and Social Policy", Heidi Roy of Presque Isle will present "Increasing Diversity within the Profession", Melissa Marshall of Wallagrass will present her paper on "Definitions of Professionalism: What are they?, How do we define them?, and Are Nurses Professional?", and Sherri Bonenfant of Fort Kent will address the "Role of the Registered Nurse in the Supervision of the Unlicensed Care Giver".

Renee Albert of Fort Kent's topic is "Nursing's Image in the Media", Jennifer Hay of Presque Isle will present her paper "Nursing Associations: Roles and Challenges", Sandra Hebert will address "Understanding and Application of Team Work by Nurses", Karen Desjardins of Madawaska will present "Defining Quality Care", Vicki Voisine of Eagle Lake will address "Continuing Education for Licensure", and Gina Miranda of Madawaska will present her paper "Prolongation of Life: Nursing's responsibilities in an Era of Managed Care".

"A responsibility of professional nursing is recognizing critical concerns for the profession, researching evidenced based material, and disseminating valid information to colleagues," said Lisa Theriault, assistant professor of nursing at UMFK. "Over the past four years, these students have strived to achieve the UMFK nursing program outcomes which include critical thinker, effective communicator, care provider, technically skilled practitioner, leader, researcher, teacher-learner, and professional."

The student presentations will demonstrate evidence of the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Each student will have ten minutes to complete their presentation that was written as part of the nursing program course assignment.

The community is invited to attend the presentation. For more information contact Lisa Theriault at 834-7587.