Asheville, NC, September, 19, 2011 — The Carolina Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) will host an “Orthopaedic Nursing Comprehensive Review Course” on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Glenn Theatre on the second floor of the Owen Heart Center at Mission Hospital, 509 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC. Registration will be held at 7:30 am. Cost is $100 for NAON members, $120 for non-NAON members, and $80 for full-time nursing students. Attached is a link to the event registration form: http://www.orthonurse.org/portals/0/2011conference%20brochure.pdf
Guest speaker, Jennifer Drake, RN, MSN, CRRN, ONC will spend this daylong session exploring how orthopaedic nurses can apply critical thinking to the nursing process in providing nursing care to patients experiencing various orthopaedic issues. Topics include: Degenerative Joint Disease, Pediatric and Neuromuscular Orthopaedics, Inflammatory Disease, Orthopaedic Trauma, Adult Spine Disorders, Musculoskeletal Tumors, Orthopaedic Complications, Metabolic Bone Disorders, and Sports Injuries.
This course is an excellent review for those planning to take the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board exam, as well as for those wanting to enhance their base knowledge in the area of orthopaedics. Participants attending the entire course will receive 7.0 nursing contact hours.
The Carolina Mountain Chapter is the local chapter of NAON, whose mission is to advance the specialty of orthopaedic nursing through excellence in research, education, and nursing practice.
Most U.S. households are impacted in some way by musculoskeletal disease according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases [NIAMS], 2004. In fact, more than one in four Americans has a musculoskeletal impairment. Additionally, musculoskeletal conditions are expected to escalate in the next 10-20 years due to the aging population and sedentary lifestyles (http://www.boneandjointburden.org/).
Rapid advances in musculoskeletal technology and care require nurses to know more and do more than ever before; therefore, the competence of orthopaedic nurses is of paramount importance. ONC certification validates specialized knowledge in this area in order to ensure competent and professional patient care. (http://www.oncb.org/images/1PositionStatementonCertification.pdf)
For additional information, contact:
Kelly A. Bowers, RN, BSN, BA
Carolina Mountain NAON