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Nurse Webinars

Are you a nurse or health professional working with people with Parkinson's disease (PD)? Our Nurse Webinar Series and Nurse Webinar Library designed for and by The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program scholars at the Parkinson's Foundation explores the latest PD care innovations. Nurse scholars represent an innovative nurse educator network working with the Foundation to advance research, care and nursing education. The series supports their ongoing instruction and collaboration. Other professionals who share these goals are invited to join the series.

Participants may view webinars live or view recordings afterwards. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available to nurses who participate live or within 30 days of each webinar through the Parkinson's Foundation's sponsorship of the American Society on Aging.

2018 Upcoming Webinars

Nursing Solutions: Improving Caregiver Strain through Science and Model Interventions

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 1PM EST

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Overview: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive neurologic disorder, with a disease trajectory of decades in many cases.  Research over the last 15-20 years, shows that the gradual loss of patient autonomy has a negative impact on the life of the caregiver resulting in decreased mental and physical health and decline in quality of life.   Utilizing existing research, this online seminar will provide a framework for assessing caregiver strain and identifying potential interventions.  One model intervention will be described, i.e. the use of PHOTOVOICE to assist caregivers in talking about difficult issues they face.

OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss research related to caregivers of those with PD.
  2. Recognize factors or variables which may influence caregiver strain.
  3. Contemplate interventions which may assist caregivers in coping with their role.
  4. Become familiar with the use of PHOTOVOICE, an intervention to assist caregivers in discussing difficult topics.

Led by:

Julie Carter, MS, RN, ANP

Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health Sciences University

Portland, OR

Ms. Carter is a nurse practitioner and Professor of Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University.  She joined the department of neurology in 1979 and was one of the original founders of the Parkinson Center of Oregon (PCO).  Ms. Carter has dedicated her career to improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. She approaches Parkinson’s disease as a family centered disease and brings a family centered emphasis to her practice. She has been an investigator in multiple clinical trials and is an original member of the Parkinson Study Group. 

Throughout her career she has valued the importance of a team-based approach in the care of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.  Since 2002 she has been part of the Parkinson’s Foundation Allied Team Training Program (ATTP) faculty which provides national training to health care professional teams on best practices. 

In 2016 Ms. Carter received the distinguished contribution to the PD community award given by the World Parkinson Disease Coalition (WPC).  

Joyce Bredesen, DNP, PHN, RN

Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University

St. Paul, MN

Dr. Joyce Bredesen is a tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate public health nursing theory and clinicals in the pre-licensure and degree completion programs.  Her research interest includes PhotoVoice, working with vulnerable populations, and research on women’s health care access in underserved communities.  Joyce has done presentations internationally on her work with Photovoice. Her most recent work with PhotoVoice has been with Parkinson’s disease; working with both care partners and support groups. Dr. Bredesen presented her research at the World Parkinson’s Congress in 2013 in Montreal and 2016 in Portland. 

Moderated by:

Gwyn M. Vernon, MSN, CRNP, RN
Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at Parkinson's Foundation


Are you a healthcare professional seeking continuing education units? The Foundation's sponsorship of the American Society on Aging provides CEUs. Please be sure to indicate your CEUs interest when registering. Health professionals have 30 days in which to view the live or recorded seminar and apply for CEUs. It may take 30 more days to process CEUs.

Nurse Webinar Library

The Parkinson's Foundation offers recording of all Nurse Webinars. Note: CEUs are only available to those who view the live or recorded online seminar within 30 days of the presentation.

Past Nurse Webinars

Nursing Solutions: Understanding Fatigue and Apathy in Parkinson's Disease

December 5, 2017

Overview:  Fatigue and apathy are common non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's Disease (PD).  These distressing symptoms impact one's quality of life and increase caregivers' burden.  This webinar will discuss these symptoms and their presentation, highlight recent research findings and studies, and prompt discussions on how we can help our patients with these problems. 

OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize the frequency and significance of fatigue and apathy in PD.
  2. Discuss the impact of these common non-motor symptoms on patients and caregivers.
  3. Review recent research in these common problems.
  4. Discuss how nurses can recognize and intervene with patients suffering fatigue and apathy.

Led by:

Amy Bruno, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Track
MGH Institute of Health Professions, School of Nursing
Boston, MA

Amy Bruno, PHD, RN, ANP-BC has devoted her recent research to the study of fatigue in Parkinson's disease.  Using a qualitative descriptive approach, she looked at how individuals describe their fatigue, how it affects their quality of life, self management strategies and their interactions with their healthcare providers on this symptom and its management.  Dr. Bruno presented her work at the New England Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association and the Eastern Research Society Symposium in 2017.  She is a 2015 alumni of the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation. 

Nabila Dahodwala, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
University of PA
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Dahodwala trained at Columbia University and the University of PA where she currently practices in the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center. In addition to her medical training, she holds a masters in health policy research from the University of PA.  She has researched and published on health disparities, literacy, mood and sleep in Parkinson's disease.  Dr. Dahodwala has been funded by The Parkinson Council to refine a smart phone application on a behavioral intervention to treat apathy in Parkinson's disease.

Moderated by:
Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P., Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at Parkinson's Foundation

Nursing Solutions: Interdisciplinary Education on Parkinson's Disease 

Tuesday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. ET - 2:00 p.m. ET

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Moderated by: Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P., Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation

Led by: Jennifer Bailey DeJong, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., C.N.E., Associate Professor, Concordia College (Scholar, 2014) and Ruth Hagestuen, M.A., R.N., Director, Allied Team Training for Parkinson'sTM, a program of the Parkinson's Foundation program.

Given the Parkinson's complex and progressive nature of Parkinson's, it is well-recognized most people living with the disease will need care from a multidisciplinary healthcare team. For healthcare professionals working in Parkinson's, gaining interdisciplinary skills is critical and should begin early in pre-professional training.  This program investigates educational models used in undergraduate education and in continuing professional education to improve team collaborative care for people living with Parkinson's.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between cross-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary education.
  • Develop an understanding of the relevance and connections of multiple disciplines to the complex care of the Parkinson's patient.
  • Contemplate how interdisciplinary education can foster improved care of people with Parkinson's disease at the student and professional level.  

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Nursing Solutions: Recognizing the Impact of Genitourinary Symptoms in PD

Originally presented May 23, 2017

Urinary tract symptoms are common in Parkinson's disease. These symptoms may include incontinence, urgency, frequency, nocturia, post voiding dribbling, a weakened urinary stream and a sense of incomplete emptying of the bladder. Symptoms may cause a host of cognitive, affective and behavioral changes. This webinar will discuss genitourinary PD symptoms and their impact on quality of life. It will also present ways in which nurses — via patient education, care and referral — can help people with Parkinson's who are experiencing such symptoms.

Moderated by: Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P., Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty (EJS-VNF) Program at the Parkinson's Foundation

Led by: Helene Moriarty, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Professor, Villanova University College of Nursing and Joanne Robinson, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Dean and Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize common genitourinary symptoms experienced by people with PD.
  • Discuss the impact of these symptoms on quality of life. 
  • Understand ways nurses can help people with PD who are experiencing genitourinary symptoms, including via in-depth interviews, patient and family education and referral.  

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Nursing Solutions: PD Medication Adherence Challenges

Originally presented March 28, 2017

Moderated by: Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P., Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at Parkinson's Foundation

Led by: Ju Young Shin, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., A.N.P.-C., Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Delaware, Edie Simpson, R.N., C.N.R.N., EJS-VNF Host Coordinator, Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center; Joan Gardner, R.N., B.S.N., Clinical Supervisor, Struthers Parkinson's Center, Park Nicollet Health Services

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the medication adherence challenges faced by people with PD in the community.
  • Acknowledge the medication adherence challenges for a person with PD who is hospitalized.
  • Discuss examples of successful programs set up to assist and alleviate medication adherence issues.

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Nursing Solutions: Innovations in PD Nurse Education

Originally presented October 25, 2016

Moderated by: Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P., Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation

Led by: Margaret McCormick, M.S., R.N., C.N.E., Clinical Associate Professor, Towson University, Maryland (Topic: Teaching Strategies for PD Care: Embracing Technology) and Hannah Murphy Buc, M.S.N., R.N., Assistant Professor, Notre Dame of Maryland University (Topic: Think Like a Nurse: Learning Parkinson's through Reverse Case Study)

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss two methods of student engagement in learning about Parkinson's (simulation and reverse case study).
  • Examine how faculty can facilitate learning by using best practices and diverse learning styles in education.
  • Discuss the outcomes of an educational research study about PD comparing teaching strategies.
  • Share successes and challenges in teaching student nurses about Parkinson's.

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Nursing Solutions: Improving Parkinson's Care Everywhere

Originally presented July 12, 2016

Moderated by: Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P., Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation

Led by: Part I: Nurse Managed Specialty Center for People with Limited Access to Expert PD Care: Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, Ph.D., R.N., University of Delaware; Part II: Getting PD Education into the Quality and Safety Standards for Nurses: Gerry Altmiller, Ed.D., A.P.R.N., A.C.N.S.-B.C., The College of New Jersey; Student-Scholar Notes: A Perspective on Challenges to PD Nursing Care: Joshua Limon, B.S.N., The College of New Jersey.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of a nurse managed Parkinson's specialty center.
  • Discuss lessons learned in establishing a telehealth center for PD.
  • Describe several health disparities among people with PD.
  • Identify strategies nurses can use to address health disparities in PD.
  • Recognize the availability of the PD module on the Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) website as a tool for nurse faculty and students.

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This series supports the Parkinson's Foundations mission to make life better for people with Parkinson's disease by improving care and advancing research towards a cure. Support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and Lundbeck LLC makes it possible.

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