School of Nursing alumni association, honor society sponsor genetics program
The Gamma Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the School of Nursing alumni association are sponsoring a scholarly program.
The topic is “Genetics 101” and is slated for Friday, March 30, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center Auditorium at 11201 Benton Street, in Loma Linda.
The speaker will be Dale Halsey Lea, MPH, RN, FAAN. Ms. Halsey Lea is a genetics advanced practice nurse, board-certified genetics counselor, and director, division of genetics at the Foundation for Blood Research in Scarborough, Maine. She is also health educator at the National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, education and community involvement branch.
Ms. Halsey Lea is widely published in nursing and genetics literature in the area of integrating genetics into nursing practice, particularly concerning the creation of interdisciplinary partnerships in the provision of genetics-related health care. She is second author of Nursing Care in the Genomic Era, published in collaboration with Jean Jenkins in 2005.
She has been involved in numerous innovative education and research projects and was the principal investigator for a three-year educational research grant for practice-based genetics.
“In recent months professional nurses are challenged to broaden their knowledge and expertise in the area of genetics and genomics,” states Sylvia Stewart, PhD, RN, assistant professor, School of Nursing, and president of the Gamma Alpha Chapter.
Based on the role of human genetic factors in maintaining health and preventing diseases, this presentation will discuss the essential nursing competencies and curricula guidelines for incorporating genetics-genomics into nursing practice.
General admission is $25. Admission for seniors and Sigma Theta Tau members members is $15. There is no charge for School of Nursing students and faculty. A brochure is available at <www.llu. edu/llu/nursing/gamma-alpha/>.
Registration and information is available from Eva Miller, program coordinator, at (909) 825-3175; or the registration form can be mailed as directed on the brochure.
This program is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP723, Loma Linda University, School of Nursing for four contact hours.
Parking is available in VA Medical Center unmarked spaces on a first come basis, and on Benton Street, Shepardson Street, and LLU Lot BC on Shepardson Street. Shuttle service will be provided by the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center from the School of Nursing and the front of the Medical Center.
By Dustin R. Jones, MA