Symposium at Purdue to educate nurses on oncology

October 7, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University School of Nursing will present the 2011 Midwest Oncology Nursing symposium on Oct. 24 and 25.

This conference is designed for nurses and other professionals who work in oncology. Attendees will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of best practices and new technologies in the care and treatment of cancer patients.

The symposium will be held in Stewart Center, Room 202. For registration information visit

Event speakers include:

* Beth Beebout, a patient liaison at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health, who will speak on understanding cancer care from the patient's perspective. This will be followed by a panel discussion highlighting the impact of cancer on the family.

* Shelia Hauck, executive director of oncology palliative care and professional practice, who will speak on "Cognitive Impairment and Cancer Pain Management."

* James Leary, Purdue professor of basic medical sciences and biomedical engineering, who will address "Nanotechnology and Cancer."

* Shannon Oates, division director of medical specialties and chairman of the Department of Endocrinology at IU Health Arnett, who will present "Glycemic Control in the Cancer Patient Population."

* Pat Shoemaker, a mind-body counselor at IU Health Goshen Center for cancer care, who will discuss psychosocial aspects of cancer care.

* Linda Vaders, who will speak on essential assessment skills for ambulatory care nurses and delayed side effects of cancer survivors.

* The Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Lymphedema Team will present "An Introductory to Lymphedema."

The symposium is supported by the Esther McConnaughay Trust Fund for Oncology Nursing Education and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health.

Writer: Rebekah Piotrowicz, 765-496-3006,

Source: Roxanne J. Martin, School of Nursing, 765-494-4003,