Spring Conference to Offer Support, Advice for Caregivers

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Ursuline Support Services is presenting a day-long conference, Stocking the Caregiver’s Toolbox: Techniques and Tips for Families and Professionals, Wednesday, May 13, at the Edgewood Country Club in Churchill.

Sponsors for the conference include: GOLD – AARP Pennsylvania, United Way of Allegheny County, and UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Cancer Center; SILVER – Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Westminster Presbyterian Church; BRONZE – Dollar Bank; along with Supporting Sponsor – The Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

“Now more than ever, those who find themselves thrust in the role of caregiver are seeking ways to ensure they are delivering the most innovative and compassionate care,” said Ursuline Executive Director Anthony Turo. “As the title indicates, this conference will provide both professionals and nonprofessionals with the latest methods and ideas for providing care for others while also taking better care of themselves.”

Among the highlights of the conference is a keynote address by Theresa Brown, PhD, RN, a clinical nurse headquartered in Pittsburgh, whose column “Bedside” appears on the New York Times op-ed page as well as on the Times blog “Opinionator.” Previously she wrote for the New York Times blog “Well” and she is the author of “Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between” (HarperOne, 2011, paperback edition). More information on Brown can be found at www.theresabrownrn.com.

Drawing on experts from various disciplines as well as from the Good Grief Center, the conference also will provide breakout sessions and panel discussions. The conference has been approved for 6 continuing education credits for the following disciplines: Physicians, Psychologists, Nurses, Attorneys, Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Human Resources Professionals, and Nursing Home Administrators. Sessions will cover such topics as: caregiver in the workplace, financial exploitation and related issues, end of life concerns and challenges and social/spiritual challenges.

Additionally, the conference will feature a vendors’ exhibit, and plenty of time for networking to encourage sharing of innovative ideas as well as personal experiences.

Registration for the conference is $125, $50 for students (student ID required at check-in), and $50 for senior citizens (60 and older).

For more information regarding “Stocking the Caregiver’s Toolbox: Techniques and Tips for Families and Professionals,” call 412-224-4700 or visit www.ursulinecaregiverconference.org.

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Theresa Brown, RN, lives and works as a clinical nurse in Pennsylvania. She received her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and during what she calls her past life, a PhD in English from the University of Chicago. Her column Bedside appears on the New York Times op-ed page as well as on the Times blog “Opinionator.” Previously she wrote for the New York Times blog “Well.”Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between (HarperOne, 2011, paperback edition) is her first book. Theresa is involved in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Flip the Clinic” initiative and a Board Member of the Center for Health Media and Policy at the Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Scrubs Magazine, which won the 2010 Maggie Award for Best New Publication from the Western Publishing Association. Additionally, she was a panelist for TEDMED’s Great Challenges of Health and Medicine initiative. Theresa lectures nationally on issues related to nursing, health care, and end of life. Her clinical focus is medical oncology.

For a list of conference speakers and bios, visit: http://ursulinecaregiverconference.org/schedule/