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Nurses in all care settings today are providing care to an increasing number of obese patients. The Center for Disease Control reports that one-third of US adults were obese in 2007-2008. Obesity presents unique challenges for nursing. In this series, a national expert in the field of bariatric nursing will discuss the special nursing care needs of obese patients from skin care to respiratory concerns, mobility, medication response, safe patient handling, and the psychological and emotional supports that patients may need. In the second part of the series, the focus will be on the nursing care needs of patients having bariatric surgery from preoperative preparation through post-operative care and discharge teaching.



Session Dates/Times


Session 1: Care Considerations with Obese Patients
October 14, 2010, 12 noon - 1:00pm (central time)

Presenter:

Susan Gallagher-Camden, CNS, MSN, MA, WOCN, CBN, PHD
Susan Gallagher Camden is a registered nurse; a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse; a certified bariatric nurse; and a healthcare risk manager. In addition to her nursing degrees, she holds a MA in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Public Policy Ethics as it pertains to obesity. She has published over 75 articles related to obesity outcomes, ethics, and culture in peer-reviewed journals along with several book chapters; lectured internationally; and appeared in numerous videos and radio programs. Her most recent book is titled, "The Challenges of Caring for the Obese Patient." She serves as Clinical Advisor for the Celebration Institute in Houston, Texas.

Session 2: Care of Patients Having Weight Loss Surgery
October 21, 2010, 12 noon - 1:00pm (central time)

Presenter:

Susan Gallagher-Camden, CNS, MSN, MA, WOCN, CBN, PHD



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