UHV Spring Nursing Forum to focus on Hispanic diabetics

April 27, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 26, 2013 at 11:27 p.m.

Ginger Bloomstrom, nursing symposium

Ginger Bloomstrom, nursing symposium

The sixth annual University of Houston-Victoria Spring Nursing Forum on Friday will focus on how cultural differences play a role in the care of Hispanic citizens who have diabetes.

The theme for the forum is "Health Disparities and Solutions for Hispanics with Diabetes." The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the UHV University Center Multi-Purpose Room, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

The topic is important because of the large Hispanic population in the area, Ginger Blomstrom, an assistant clinical professor in the UHV School of Nursing, said.

"This forum will expand nurses' body of knowledge relative to taking care of the diabetic population, with a particular emphasis on the cultural differences of Hispanic patients," Blomstrom said.

Blomstrom said nurses often talk with Hispanic diabetic patients about their diets.

"What nurses don't always understand is that patients eat certain foods, and they will continue to eat those foods," she said. "It would be better for us to find out what they eat and try to augment that or change how much of it they eat. Those ideas will be more effective than telling the patient to not eat it at all."

Alexandra Garcia, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, will present the program. Garcia is the director of the UT Master of Science in Nursing public health nursing concentration and has taught courses for undergraduate and graduate students in research, public health and global health.

Garcia's research focuses on the symptoms Mexican-Americans experience with Type 2 diabetes and the exploration of social, cultural and economic influences on health promotion practices, diabetes self-management and quality of life.

The forum is open to any licensed registered nurse, vocational nurse or advanced practiced registered nurse.

The cost is $25, but nursing students may attend for $10.

Attendees can register and eat a continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. before the program begins.

Attendees also can earn three contact hours through the Texas Nurses Association for successfully completing the forum.

The forum will include a poster contest highlighting evidenced-based nursing practices by UHV graduate nursing students.

The event is sponsored by UHV's Phi Chi chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Texas Nurses Association District 20.



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