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Nurses step 'into the future' at Kitsap symposium - 2/25/2008

Harrison Medical Center and West Sound Advanced Practice Association (WSAPA) have teamed up to present a day-long nursing symposium at the Kitsap Conference Center that will offer 20 educational sessions led by 17 of the top nurse specialists from around the Pacific Northwest region.

Nurses form the backbone of caregiving within healthcare systems. As nursing and its specialty areas undergo rapid change in disease management, education is key and allows nurses to practice quality care across a spectrum of health and illness.

“Harrison nurses play a vital role in providing our patients with exceptional medical care,” says Patty Cochrell, Harrison’s chief operating officer and executive vice president. “We encourage and support education that further advances clinical skills and keeps our nurses one step ahead in an ever-changing care environment.”

Symposium topics range from ethics in nursing to disaster management as presented by Gregory S. Henderson, MD, PhD, who gives a compelling and thought-provoking account of his experience in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

What: Learning in the Olympics Nursing Symposium:

Stepping into the Future

When:March 8, 2008

Where: Kitsap Conference Center, 110 Washington Ave., Bremerton

Audience: Registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses

Registration: $90 (in advance) or $110 (at the door, space permitting)

Info: 360-876-0165 or

Credits:7.5 contact hours
(approved by the WashingtonStateNursesAssociation)

Key note speakers will include Patricia Benner, PhD, RN, FAAN, an internationally known researcher and lecturer on health, stress and coping, skill acquisition, clinical practice and ethics who has authored nine books. Her work has driven new legislation and design for nursing practice and education, and created clinical practice development programs in hospitals throughout the U.S., New Zealand and Australia.

Richard Bailey, DDS, entertains audiences with his wacky “Billy-Bob teeth,” the same famous teeth that have appeared on television and in movies. Bailey’s energetic program will show nurses how to use the power of humor in healing and how to create a positive work environment.

Harrison Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital and the region’s busiest medical center, offering medical, surgical and emergency services on campuses in Bremerton, Silverdale and Port Orchard. We employ more than 500 registered and advanced practice registered nurses. To learn more, call 360.377.3911 or visit