News | Published October 19, 2009

Continuing Nurse Education Program on November 13 Focuses on Better Patient Outcomes

Mount Nittany Medical Center is offering a continuing nurse education (CNE) program for staff and area nurses on November 13, 2009, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, Pa. The program, “Medical Nursing: Leading the Way to Better Patient Outcomes,” features presentations by five physicians and three highly credentialed healthcare professionals, speaking on topics that include working with challenging patients; the nurse managers role in treating patients with congestive heart failure; pharmacology updates; wound care management; and physician-nurse communication.
Presenters include Jeffrey A. Ratner, M.D., who starts the day with a session titled, “Nurse-Physician Communication: Achieving Mutual Respect and Enhancing Patient Care.” He is followed by Anthony F. Cardell, MD, speaking on “Congestive Heart Failure: The Medical Nurse’s Role in Avoiding Re-admission to the Critical Care Unit.” Richard D. Allatt, M.D., will present a program on mobility assessment and intervention for the acute-care patient. The last presenters of the morning are Diane Fusco, RPh, CGP, and Jeanne Mathis Halpin, RN, AD, who will provide a pharmacology update for nurses, which highlights key information on new drugs and associated nursing implications. Lunch speaker Ann Kolanowski, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN will discuss the importance of geriatric nursing expertise for best practices in acute care.
Afternoon sessions begin with Dale Danneker, M.D., speaking on advances in wound care management. He is followed by John C. Coppes, M.D., presenting a program on evidence-based principles for management and treatment of C. difficile infection. The last presenter of the day is Jane Hopkins, RN, MS, with a program titled, “The Challenging Patient and You,” an overview on how to assure both appropriate care and increased satisfaction for nurses and their patients.
The program fee is $75 for those not employed by the Mount Nittany Medical Center and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. A complete program brochure and registration form are available at; search for "classes." Please forward registrations by November 6th. For questions about the conference email or call (814) 468-1310. This CNE program has been approved for 6 .1 continuing nursing education contact hours. Mount Nittany Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
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Located in State College, Pa., Mount Nittany Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-owned, 207-bed acute care facility leading the region in medical, surgical, outpatient, diagnostic and cancer care services. The Medical Center employs about 1,300 skilled healthcare professionals and support staff, and has more than 240 credentialed, independently-employed physicians in 43 specialties and subspecialties. Committed to moving Life Forward, Mount Nittany Medical Center is dedicated to the health and wellness of the community we serve. For more information, visit