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Victoria College to host annual school nurse conference

By From news release
July 24, 2010 at 2:24 a.m.


Victoria College will host the 15th Annual Texas School/Pediatric Nurse conference from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12.

Sponsored by the VC Allied Health Division, Region III Service Center, Victoria school district School Health Services, DeTar Healthcare System and Pecan Valley Area Health Education Center, the conference is primarily for registered nurses who work in schools or in pediatrics.

Licensed vocational nurses or other school or pediatric health professionals may also attend.

Conference topics are associated with some of the most important guiding principles of the Texas School Health Advisory Committee, including safe and healthy school environments, healthier minds and bodies for students and empowering students to achieve academic success.

Discussion on these topics will not only help school and pediatric nurses improve the quality of care for school-age children by increasing their knowledge and skills, but also provide access to important information, research and resources.

Of particular importance this year are emerging health concerns associated with the current generation, Generation NeXt, and how school children are experiencing health concerns related to pop culture like bullying, biting and self injury.

"Modern stresses and popular culture create a whole new realm of psycho-social ramifications for school children and quite often, the school nurse is the first point of contact in addressing these issues," said Marylin Powell, nursing instructor and coordinator of Allied Health Continuing Education programs. "This conference will provide the information and resources that are critically necessary for school and pediatric nurses."

Conference participants will also get information from experienced professionals about the role of school nurses in addressing risky behaviors, documentation protocols and the legal aspects related to these issues.

Additionally, the conference will provide resources that school health professionals can use and information on how to help children and their families deal with issues that may have a tremendous impact on academic success.

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