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Nursing Course

Parkinson's Across the Lifespan: A Roadmap for Nurses is an online course designed by Parkinson's nurse specialists to help other nurses better understand how to deliver comprehensive care to people living with Parkinson's disease (PD) and their families. The prevalence of PD is expected to increase in the coming years, with a large impact on the healthcare industry. Especially for nurses, who are often one of the first points of contact for people living with Parkinson's. Unfortunately, there is currently little information on the disease specifically designed for nurses.

To address this need, the Parkinson's Foundation designed and hosted an online educational webinar for nurses who are delivering care across the PD spectrum. The course focusses on long-term care and acute care nurses, recent nursing graduates and nursing students who have limited knowledge of the disease and aims to ensure better care for people living with PD. To date, more than 10,000 people have participated in this course from 50 states and more than 35 countries.


Who should participate?
This course is designed for nurses who want to better understand Parkinson's and provide expert PD care for the growing population of people living with the disease. It is most suitable for nurses in long-term care, acute care, recent nursing graduates or other nurses who want to improve the care they give to people living with PD.

You can view this course online 24 hours a day seven days a week.

View the Program


Watch the four sessions that make up the course, each of which runs approximately 90 minutes. 

Important CEU Notice: Continuing Education Credits for this course have currently expired. It was such a successful course that we applied again for CEU approval and expect to receive it. In the meantime, if you need CEUs, we advise that you postpone your participation in this course. If you do not need CEUs, you are encouraged to continue with the course at this time.

The content and management of this course is under the exclusive direction of the Parkinson's Foundation.

Planning Committee Members

Heather J. Cianci, P.T., M.S., G.C.S.
The Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center
Good Shepherd Penn Partners/Penn Therapy & Fitness at Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Ruth Hagestuen, R.N., M.A.
Struthers Parkinson Center
Minneapolis, MN

Susan Heath, R.N., M.S.N.  
Movement Disorders Clinical Nurse Specialist
San Francisco VA PADRECC
San Francisco, CA

Rebecca Martine, M.S.N., R.N., PMHCNS  
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
Philadelphia, PA 

Michele Popadynec, R.N., M.P.S. (Retired)
American Parkinson Disease Association
Staten Island, NY

Cathi A. Thomas, M.S., R.N., C.N.R.N.
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, MA

Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.  
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, PA

Mickie Welsh, R.N., D.N.Sc. 
USC Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

The Parkinson's Foundation is proud to offer this important initiative and is grateful to the planning committee for their efforts in developing such a comprehensive course.

For more information, contact 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or visit

This course is available thanks to the generous support from:

Diamond Sponsor

Kenneth M. & Susan Granat Weil

Gold Sponsor

Friend Sponsors

Ipsen                Medtronic

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