URI College of Nursing to host national teleconference on ‘Cancer and End-of Life Care’, March 24

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KINGSTON, R.I. – February 26, 2010- The 17th annual Living with Grief Teleconference will be hosted by the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing Wednesday, March 24 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. A 30-minute local discussion will follow the live broadcast.

This year’s program, “Cancer and End-of-Life Care,” will be presented at URI’s Costal Institute, 218 South Ferry Road, Narragansett Bay Campus. The teleconference is free of charge for interested participants. Continuing education units are available for professionals at a cost of $25. Participants can register at the door. For further information, please call 401-874-5841 or by going online at http://uri.edu/nursing.

“The complexities of professionals working with end-stage cancer patients and families when transitioning to hospice and palliative care will be explored,” said Dianne Kinsey, URI clinical assistant professor of nursing.

“We welcome nurses, pharmacists, doctors, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers, bereavement counselors and clergy,” Kinsey said. “The Cancer and End-of-Life Teleconference is well known throughout the country as a premier program on death and dying issues.”

Each year it reaches 125,000 people in 2,000 communities in North America.

The teleconference will be moderated by Frank Senso, professor of media and public affairs at The George Washington University and special correspondent with CNN.

Panelists are: Yvette Colón, director of education and internet services at the American Pain Foundation and a clinical instructor at the Smith College School for Social Work;

Malene Davis, president & CEO of Capital Hospice; Kenneth J. Doka, professor of gerontology at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle; Richard Payne, director of the Institute on Care at the End of Life, Duke University; Sherry R. Schachter, director of bereavement services for Calvary Hospital/Hospice; and Brad Stuart, primary author of Medical Guidelines for Prognosis in Selected Non-Cancer Diseases.

The teleconference is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization, which acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss grief and bereavement.