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32960271370_1269d85982_zThree University of Wisconsin Oshkosh nursing graduate students presented updates on the latest clinical practices for lower respiratory tract diseases.

The students, who are all part of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, researched up-to-date best practices on common concerns arising in clinical practice.

“The DNP residency course is the final face-to-face course these students take prior to graduation in June,” said Bonnie Nickasch, director of UWO’s DNP family nurse practitioner emphasis. “The purpose of these presentations is to review the latest evidence-based guidelines on these commonly encountered clinical concerns.”

April Garcia of Fort Atkinson, gave her clinical update on chronic obstructive lung disease, while Kelsey Metzig of Winneconne, discussed asthma, and Meghan Russell of Marinette, covered acute bronchitis and community acquired pneumonia.

32960271150_8d8ac91710_zThe presentations sparked discussion among the DNP students, who are  currently working in their student NP clinical rotations across the state, about their own experiences with the various symptoms, diseases and recommended treatments.

Earlier in the semester, Ashley Braithwaite of Columbus; Kendra Niemuth of Green Bay; and Jamie VandenHeuvel of Kaukauna, gave clinical updates related to a number of cardiovascular issues.

Upcoming presentations, all held beginning at 3 p.m. in Nursing/Education Room 149, include:

  • March 28: thyroid disorders, Sarah Bleier of Neenah; obesity, Amy Clark of Sheboygan; and diabetes management, Abigail Davis of Waunakee.
  • April 11:  Pap/pelvic and breast screening, Sharon Finlayson of Columbus; prostate guidelines, Scott Rogalsky of Oshkosh; and sexually transmitted infections, Sirena Weckler of Green Bay
  • April 25: hand-on shoulder exams, Tawni Kobielak of Monroe; common pediatric musculoskeletal disorders, Amber Korneley of Manitowoc;  and hands-on knew exams, Nancy Preder of St. Cloud.
  • May 9: hepatitis C, Boda Zhao of China.

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