WCU School of Nursing hosting rural health symposium

by Mar 16, 2015COMMUNITY sgadugi0 comments



CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing will host its first annual Rural Health Symposium in Asheville on Friday, March 27, to shed light on factors that impact the health of the citizens of rural Western North Carolina.

Regional topics to be addressed include community health needs, health care priorities, effective strategies to meet health care needs, the current state of literacy, health care needs seen by free clinics, and factors contributing to the occurrence of stroke in the region. Community assessments and action plans to address needs also will be discussed.

“This symposium will bring together community leaders, health care professionals and nursing educators to strategize methods to make positive improvements in the population health of Western North Carolina,” said Karen Cochran, director of the Rural Education and Support Scholarship Program for students in WCU’s registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing degree program.

Nationally recognized rural healthcare expert Lisa M. Harmon will facilitate the symposium. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Asheville-Biltmore West from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $30 for adults and WCU faculty, and $10 for students. Lunch will be provided.

WCU is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Continuing education credits are available for attending this symposium.

Info: nursinged.wcu.edu or call WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education (828) 227-7397.