Nurse Webinars: Nursing Solutions: Understanding Fatigue and Apathy in Parkinson's Disease

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Overview:  Fatigue and apathy are common non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's Disease (PD).  These distressing symptoms impact one's quality of life and increase caregivers' burden.  This webinar will discuss these symptoms and their presentation, highlight recent research findings and studies, and prompt discussions on how we can help our patients with these problems. 

OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize the frequency and significance of fatigue and apathy in PD.
  2. Discuss the impact of these common non-motor symptoms on patients and caregivers.
  3. Review recent research in these common problems.
  4. Discuss how nurses can recognize and intervene with patients suffering fatigue and apathy.

Led by:

Amy Bruno, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Track
MGH Institute of Health Professions, School of Nursing
Boston, MA

Amy Bruno, PHD, RN, ANP-BC has devoted her recent research to the study of fatigue in Parkinson's disease.  Using a qualitative descriptive approach, she looked at how individuals describe their fatigue, how it affects their quality of life, self management strategies and their interactions with their healthcare providers on this symptom and its management.  Dr. Bruno presented her work at the New England Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association and the Eastern Research Society Symposium in 2017.  She is a 2015 alumni of the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation. 

Nabila Dahodwala, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
University of PA
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Dahodwala trained at Columbia University and the University of PA where she currently practices in the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center. In addition to her medical training, she holds a masters in health policy research from the University of PA.  She has researched and published on health disparities, literacy, mood and sleep in Parkinson's disease.  Dr. Dahodwala has been funded by The Parkinson Council to refine a smart phone application on a behavioral intervention to treat apathy in Parkinson's disease.

Moderated by:

Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P.
Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at Parkinson's Foundation

Nursing Solutions: Interdisciplinary Education on Parkinson's Disease 

Tuesday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. ET - 2:00 p.m. ET

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Moderated by:

Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., R.N., C.R.N.P.
Co-Founder and National Director of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation

Led by:

Jennifer Bailey DeJongPh.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., C.N.E.
Associate Professor
Concordia College (Scholar, 2014)

Ruth Hagestuen, M.A., R.N.
Allied Team Training for 
Parkinson's, a Parkinson's Foundation program

Given the Parkinson's complex and progressive nature of Parkinson's, it is well-recognized most people living with the disease will need care from a multidisciplinary healthcare team. For healthcare professionals working in Parkinson's, gaining interdisciplinary skills is critical and should begin early in pre-professional training.  This program investigates educational models used in undergraduate education and in continuing professional education to improve team collaborative care for people living with Parkinson's.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between cross-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary education.
  • Develop an understanding of the relevance and connections of multiple disciplines to the complex care of the Parkinson's patient.
  • Contemplate how interdisciplinary education can foster improved care of people with Parkinson's disease at the student and professional level.  

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