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Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Nursing, occupational therapy courses set

AAOS and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) have worked together since 1994 to create specialized courses as part of the AAOS Annual Meeting. More than 1,500 nursing and allied health professionals will attend this Annual Meeting. Their continuing medical education program will include four nursing classes and one occupational therapy class. All courses will be in the Crystal Ballroom, Renaissance Orlando Resort.

"Spinal Surgery for Spinal Disorders: What's New, What Works, What Doesn't" will be presented from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will present an overview of newer surgical procedures for spinal disorders. Pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatments currently available or on the horizon will be discussed. The nursing care of patients undergoing these procedures will be addressed.

"The Arthritic Knee: Effective Treatment Options" will be presented from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and will include the social economic and personal implications of arthritis, which affects 37 million Americans. New treatment options, like injections therapy, and the conservative and surgical treatment options will be discussed.

"External Ambulatory Devices: Casts, Crutches, and other Contraptions," which will be presented from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, will provide an overview of current treatment and technology, such as external fixators, orthotics, splinting, casting. The course will address assessment, application, management and nursing considerations of patients requiring assistive devices. Special consideration will be given to the challenges of telephone triage in the office setting and life-span issues will be discussed.

"Current Techniques and Management of Shoulder Disorders: Cutting to the Point" will be presented 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. It will review repetitive motion disorders, fractures and surgical intervention in the orthopaedic shoulder population and will outline the advantages of open and arthroscopic surgical approaches. The role of the peri-operative nurse during surgical interventions and the importance of postoperative physical therapy following surgical repair also will be addressed.

The occupational therapy class, for orthopaedic physician assistants, orthopaedic technologists and physician assistants, is "Improving Your Operative Experience." It is scheduled for 1 to 5:15 p.m. on Friday and includes didactic lectures, given by general and specialized orthopaedic surgeons. The class has been designed to improve an individual's technical knowledge in the field of orthopaedics. It will help attendees avoid future pitfalls and problems in the operating room by reviewing the finer points of infrequently performed surgery, as well as the subtle nuances of commonly performed surgery.

On-site registration is available in the Registration Concourse of the Convention Center for those who have not preregistered.

Two NAON/AAOS grant recipients will be honored at the meeting. Lynn C. Parsons, DSN, RN, CNA will be recognized for her research on "Determining delegation decision-making knowledge for registered nurses caring for acute and chronically ill orthopaedic patients." Cynthia J. Reighard, MS, RN, CRRN, will be recognized for her research on "Analysis of pain and satisfaction with pain care in pediatric postoperative orthopaedic patients." Co-investigators were Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN; Marsha M. Haack, MSN, RN; David M. Wallach, MD; Lee S. Segal, MD; and Edward P. Schwentker, MD.

Each grant winner will be presented with $2,000 at NAON's Annual Congress in Denver on May 20-24.

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