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State of the Science in the Prevention and Management of Osteoarthritis-A Conference for Nurses
Date:7/12/2011

of people with OA
  • How to enhance the awareness, skill sets and competencies of nurses working with patients and families.

    "Nurses are accessible, approachable and consistently ranked by consumers among the most trusted health professionals," said Maureen "Shawn" Kennedy, MA, RN, editorial director and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing. "As a group, nurses are ideally suited to convey health messages to the public. Yet many nurses may be unaware of early symptoms, strategies for prevention and early intervention to slow disease progression, preserve high functioning and optimize quality of life."

    Organizers intend to publish and widely disseminate a report on the symposium presentations and proceedings, according to Dr. Robbins. The report will include recommendations for improving care. It will be posted online at www.AJNonline.com and on the nursing portal site, www.nursingcenter.com, with links to web sites of project partners and others to make it widely available. It will be sent to subscribers of the American Journal of Nursing and to Orthopaedic Nursing.

    "As the largest group of health care providers most often encountered in any health care setting, nurses are in a key position to have an impact on reducing disability from OA," said Patricia Quinlan, R.N., DNSc, MPA, director of nursing education, quality and research at Hospital for Special Surgery. "It is well within the nurse's scope of practice to educate the public about early recognition of symptoms and to initiate timely intervention, including a wide range of treatments."


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