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MDS-PAS Treatment & Care for Parkinson’s Disease in Nursing

PD & Nursing

Lectures and associated resources available December 11, 2020
Live Interactive session December 17, 2020


Course Director

Lawrence Elmer, MD, PhD


Julie Carter, RN, MN, ANP
Susan Heath, RN, MSN, CNRN
Mary Scott, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P.-BC
Gwyn M. Vernon, MSN, RN, CRNP

Course Description

As the number of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) increases, there is a growing need for nurse practitioners and other nursing professionals to understand, treat, and care for these patients. Attendees of this workshop will be guided by a faculty of nursing professionals that will provide lectures and case presentations to instruct attendees to become more expert on working with PD from the beginning to late stages of the disease progression.

Topics will include advances in the medical and surgical management of PD, both motor and non-motor complications, as well as the growing role of interdisciplinary approaches and exercise in the management of PD.  Finally, the role of nursing care in both hospitalized patients and patients at end-of-life will be discussed, including caring for the caregiver. This course will aim to provide the attendees with relevant knowledge on the care of PD and emphasize why the nursing model is exceptionally well suited to care of patients and their families facing this disease compared to the medical model.

Interactive Components

Live Q&A with all Faculty
December 17, 2020
12:00 US Central Time
Duration 1 hour

Target Audience

Neuroscience nurse practitioners and other nursing professionals with interest in a clinical update on Parkinson’s disease.

Learning Objectives 
  1. Identify the motor and non-motor symptomology of Parkinson’s disease
  2. Compare and contrast management styles of Parkinson’s disease at various stages of the disease
  3. Understand the elements of an interdisciplinary approach to the care of Parkinson’s disease
  4. Examine the multiple benefits of exercise in Parkinson’s disease
  5. Analyze various Parkinson’s disease case studies
  6. Describe the challenges associated with hospitalization of Parkinson’s disease patients
  7. Outline the role of palliative care for end-of-life Parkinson’s disease patients