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Edmond J. Safra Foundation funds BUMC Parkinson’s Disease Educational Program for Nursing Faculty

Recognizing the important role nurses play in the care of patients and families affected by Parkinson’s disease the Edmond J. Safra Foundation has awarded a grant to the Boston University/Boston Medical Center Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder’s Center to provide a unique and comprehensive program to area Nursing Faculty.

Up to five nursing faculty will be selected after application to participate in this one week course which will take place the week of June 21st. Faculty will receive a combination of clinical patient and family exposure, small group lectures/discussions, and the opportunity to work on a Parkinson’s disease independent project. Content will cover signs and symptoms of PD, diagnosis, medical management, role of nursing, surgical management and follow-up, nursing research in Parkinson’s disease, basic science and clinical research, resources and family care.  Cathi A.Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN is the BUMC host program director. She will be joined by other members of the Boston University Parkinson team across disciplines to provide a “state of the art” educational and collaborative program.   

This Visiting Nursing Faculty (VNF) program was developed and successfully piloted in 2009 by Gwyn Vernon MSN, CRNP and Lisette Bunting-Perry, PhD(c), RN at the University of Pennsylvania. This year Boston University and Johns Hopkins University will join the University of Pennsylvania in offering this program.

For additional information please call 617-638-7737 or e-mail neurocat@bu.edu

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