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CSUB Hosts nursing seminar
  August 10, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

The California State University, Bakersfield alumni nursing chapter is holding the first "Spirituality in Nursing" seminar Friday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Doré Theater at CSUB.

The seminar is designed to educate health care professionals and others in both the assessment of spiritual needs and the provision of spiritual care. Presentations will explore the relationships between spirituality and the practice of nursing.

Pamala McCarver, president of the CSUB alumni nursing chapter and registered nurse, organized the event. "People with severe illnesses are often limited in their activities and sometimes find themselves laying around thinking about their purpose," she continued. "Health care is very technology orientated and often there is no one there to answer those big questions. We're really good about maintaning their meds but we also need to have nursing based on issues of the soul. ...Everybody wants this type of information they just don't know how to get it."

McCarver said planning for the seminar started in March and the community has shown a huge interest.

Peggy Leapley, chair of CSUB's nursing department, feels this type of education in the community within her department is a perfect link. "It's a unique opportunity for nurses in this area to obtain more information about the importance of spirituality for our clients," she said.

Leapley said parish nursing would also be discussed. In addition, nursing roles in faith communities, palliative care, and challenges including assisting patients and families in the dying process, comfort, and bereavement will be examined. Templeton Foundation Press will also have books with research on these issues.

The seminar also is an opportunity to raise funds for a new nursing building on the CSUB campus. McCarver said the event should raise over than $5,000.

Registration for the seminar costs from $10 to $30 and includes syllabus materials and a continental breakfast.

Parking is free for the event on the north end of campus near the Doré Theater or the soccer fields.

Partners include Kaiser Permanente, Hoffmann Hospice, and San Joaquin Community Hospital. Sponsors are Rosewood Retirement Community, Optimal Hospice Care, and Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center.

For additional information or to register, please contact Elizabeth Andal at (661) 654-3114 or [ ] or McCarver at [ ]