Terrorism to Dominate Discussion in UTC Nursing Workshop

"The Evolving Role of the Nurse in Today’s Threatening World" will be presented by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing on April 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at the Probasco Auditorium at the Erlanger Medical Mall. This three-day workshop will provide an opportunity to enhance nursing knowledge and skills for today’s health issues. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau is also providing support for the workshop.

"Terrorism: The National Focus on Public Health," "Chemical/Biological Terrorism," and "The Nurse’s Role" will be presented on April 2. Speakers include:

  • J. Jarrett Clinton, MD, MPH, RADM, is the Region IV Health Administrator. He served recently as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Operations Policy in Washington, DC.
  • Joe Holley, Chief of Staff and Medical Director of the Emergency Department in Collierville, TN, also serves as the medical director for the Urban Search and Rescue Team, Tennessee Task Force One, TEMA.
  • Donna Needham, RN, BSN, Communicable Disease Program Manager for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is responsible for the planning and implementation of community treatment in the event of an act of terrorism.

A panel of experts from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee will discuss bio/chemical terrorism protocols.

On April 9, "Incidence Command" and "Nuclear Terrorism and the Nurse’s Role" will be under discussion. Speakers include:

  • Joe Adams, Emergency Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health, District I, Unit I for Northwest Georgia, has worked for the GEMA and is a retired 20-year veteran of the US Army with experience in special operations and antiterrorism.
  • Sharon Goforth RN, BSN, Special Projects Supervisor and the Coordinator for the Decontamination Team for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, is also certified as a Radiological Monitor Trainer through the TEMA, and she is certified for the Radiological Response Team for Hamilton County.

Topics under discussion on April 16 include "Caring for Hispanic Families," "Surveillance Issues," "Oral Health Care of Children," and "Caring for the Child with Asthma." Speakers for this date are:

  • Ada Baron, RN, MSN, FNP, is a nurse practitioner who primarily serves Hispanic patients. She has given many presentations on the Hispanic culture and its implications for health care professionals.
  • Cherie Drenzek D.V.M. is a medical epidemiologist with the Georgia Division of Public Health and is responsible for bioterrorism training and surveillance.
  • Charles Roszel D.D.S. is the Director of Dentistry for the North Georgia Public Health District 1, Unit 1. He has a mobile dental exam room where he provides oral care in various north Georgia schools.
  • Linda Melton RN, MSN, FNP, is a nurse practitioner at the Chattanooga Allergy Clinic who treats patients with asthma and other allergic reactions.

    Attendees of the workshop will earn 18 contact hours for 1.8CEUs.

    For more information or to register for this event, please call Dr. Cherry Guinn, (423) 425-4659 or (423) 425-4750.