UHV School of Nursing Fall Forum focuses on cancer screening

Nov. 6, 2010 at 6:06 a.m.
Updated Nov. 9, 2010 at 5:09 a.m.

Denise Neill

Denise Neill

With an eye toward assisting those in medically underserved rural Texas, the third annual University of Houston- Victoria Fall Nursing Forum will focus on cancer screening with presentations by experts from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The forum will be Friday and Saturday at the University of Houston System at Sugar Land campus.

"There is a big need for cancer screening in rural communities. It's harder for smaller communities to keep up with all the information. This forum is for our practicing nurses, and it will help prepare those who are on the front lines," said Denise Neill, an assistant professor in the UHV School of Nursing and the coordinator for nursing bachelor and masters programs.

The Friday cancer screening workshop will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of Brazos Hall. The workshop is open to any licensed vocational nurse, registered nurse or advanced practice nurse.

On Saturday, the clinical application practice will take place from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in the Fred and Mabel Parks Assessment Center in Brazos Hall. This session is open to the first 14 direct care registered nurses or advanced practitioner applicants who attended the first day of the forum. Participants will go to one of the two sessions, practice comprehensive clinical breast exams on standardized patient models, and discuss appropriate cervical cancer screening and diagnostic management.

"We've had a tremendous response so far," Neill said. "In fact, we have tentatively scheduled a third clinical application practice session for Nov. 15."

Neill said the goal of the forum is to help practitioners get testing and screenings done early while the cancers are still treatable and to differentiate those cancers that cannot be screened from those for which screenings are readily available.



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