Texas School of Sleep Medicine and Technology Partners with Sleep for Nurses

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This collaboration provides nurses a two day continuing educational experience to learn about sleep and associated disorders. Designed by a nurse, for nurses, this experience will enhance the nurse’s ability to recognize, promote and act on sleep related issues, thereby enhancing person-centered care

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Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.Thomas Dekker

The Texas School of Sleep Medicine and Technology has been servicing the field of sleep medicine education for 10 years. Now, in conjunction with Sleep for Nurses, a California based nursing education company, they are pleased to announce their inaugural event: Fundamentals of Sleep and Associated Disorders for Nurses October 2-3, 2015, a premier continuing educational program.

The collaboration of the Texas School of Sleep Medicine and Sleep for Nurses was formed to fill an unmet need. The faculty is well known in the field of sleep medicine and has extensive experience in sleep education and clinical practice. The San Antonio program, to be offered October 2-3, 2015 will explore the importance of the field of Somnology, provide an overview of normal sleep, and discuss the various sleep disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, REM Behavioral Disorder and the impact of sleep deprivation on co-morbid conditions. The consequence of shift work, which is of particular interest to nursing, is highlighted. Nursing implications in various specialists will be emphasized including pediatrics, cardiology and women’s health.

Why should a nurse attend? The National Heart, Lung and Blood institute suggest that 50-70 million Americans have some form of chronic sleep disorder. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine released a report on Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation, calling these issues an "unmet public health problem". The IOM calls for the creation of interdisciplinary training which includes nursing and further that “patient and family education, primary care, follow-up and support are often provided by nurses with experience in the field”. Healthy People 2020 has also recognized the importance of sleep health and their goal statement is to “Increase public knowledge of how adequate sleep and treatment of sleep disorders improve health, productivity, wellness, quality of life, and safety on roads and in the workplace”.

These prestigious endeavors from the IOM and Healthy People provides direction for nursing and although there is a general consensus that nurses should play an active and integral role in the promotion of sleep health and be knowledge about the impact of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders on co-morbid conditions, a knowledge gap exists.

This fundamentals program aims to close the educational gap and provide nurses from all specialties the foundational knowledge and the tools to improve recognition of sleep disorders and promote good sleep health hygiene.

For more information see the Sleep for Nurses Website at http://www.sleepfornurses.com

Seating is limited to 40 registrants and early registration ends on August 15, 2015.

This program is approved for 14.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 1505238. This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 14150, for 14 contact hours.

This collaborative effort is further supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Fisher and Paykel Healthcare and a restricted educational grant from Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

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Robyn Woidtke MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCSH
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