Nu Zeta and Hays Medical Center host 4th annual multidisciplinary practice conference

Fort Hays State University and Hays Medical Center will co-host the fourth annual Multidisciplinary Nursing Practice Conference Friday, March 30, at the medical center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The conference is sponsored by FHSU's Department of Nursing, Hays Medical Center and Nu Zeta, FHSU's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.

The conference will include a keynote presentation by Dr. Sandra Cesario, a graduate of FHSU and a professor of nursing for Texas Woman’s University. Her presentation, "Blue Highways: Connecting Evidence and Outcomes," will discuss the importance of measuring outcomes of evidence-based practice.

"Evidence-based practice is essential to raise the consciousness of multidisciplinary healthcare personnel in an effort to provide holistic, prudent, patient-centered health care for individual patients," said Christine Hober, assistant professor of nursing at FHSU.

The conference will include round table discussions on topics such as job satisfaction, job stress, level of registered nurse education, quality of life with fibromyalgia, and smart phone technology in nursing. It will also provide information on evidence-based healthcare practices such as research projects, quality improvement projects, synthesis of research evidence, integration of best evidence with clinical expertise and teaching evidence-based practice.

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