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Telehealth nursing symposium set for March 31 at UVa-Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Department of Nursing and the Healthy Appalachia Institute will hold a rural telehealth symposium on March 31 on the UVa-Wise campus.

The last day to register for the e symposium is March 24.

The “Symposium to Advance Rural Telehealth Nursing,” also sponsored by Verizon and the Appalachian Prosperity Project, will feature a variety of sessions designed to explore the nurse’s role in telemedicine and how the technology is being used successfully in the region.

“The symposium will bring speakers from across Virginia who are using telehealth everyday in their practices,” said Cathie Collins, chair of the UVa-Wise nursing program. “Telehealth can improve the health of the people of Southwest Virginia by virtually bringing specialists and health care options not immediately available to the region. Nurses who work in this region will begin to see an increase in telehealth services in the area, and this symposium will help them to understand the impact it can have in a region such as ours.”

This symposium has been submitted to the Virginia Nurses Association for approval to award contract hours. The Virginia Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Attendance is free and space is limited. Check in and refreshments begin at 7:15 a.m. in the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center lobby. The symposium begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

The symposium features the following topics:

Rural Telehealth: Reaching Out to Improve Prenatal Outcomes Using Telehealth

Christian A. Chisholm, M.D. Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Telehealth in Rural Virginia: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We Will Be

David Cattell-Gordon, M-Div., MSW Director of Telemedicine, University of Virginia, Co-Director, Healthy Appalachia Institute, Instructor, Nursing & Public Health Sciences

Using Telehealth to Treat Chronic Disease in Rural Communities

Sally Pennings, DNP, RN, FNP-BC Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems

Telehealth Nursing in Rural Virginia

Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, ACNP-CS, FAANP, FAEN, Assistant Professor University of Virginia School of Nursing Diane Boyer, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia School of Nursing Teresa Gardner, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, Executive Director, The Health Wagon Paula Meade, DNP, Clinical Director, The Health Wagon

Successful Sessions: Effectively Utilizing Telehealth to Ensure Positive Experiences and Outcomes

Brian Gunnell, BS Telemedicine Videoconference Network Analyst, University of Virginia

Establishing Collaborations at the Community Level for Successful Telehealth Programs

Edie McRee Bowles, BA, MA,

Integrating Telehealth in Nursing Education

Jean Sorrels-Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN

Refreshments and lunch are provided. To register and for additional information, including directions and a campus map, visit