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Nursing Solutions: The Parkinson Community and Spirituality

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by Parkinson’s Foundation as part of the Nurse Webinar Series.

Register now for FREE

Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that can cause a multitude of physical discomforts and psychosocial stressors. In some cases, people with Parkinson’s disease suffer with anxiety, depression and even hopelessness, despite the best medical management. Spiritual practices may help mitigate stress and provide a source of inner strength for those with chronic diseases, yet healthcare workers may lack an understanding of how spirituality affects holistic care or how to help patients in their spiritual journey. This web seminar will discuss the gap that exists between PD, spiritual coping research and theories of uncertainty in illness as related to PD. The program will explore the use of spirituality in managing PD care and provide examples of work in this area by nurses.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Discuss the existing literature on spirituality in Parkinson’s disease;
  • Contemplate how Mishcell’s uncertainty in illness theory relates to Parkinson’s disease and spirituality; and,
  • Understand examples of work in the community to integrate spiritual care for those with Parkinson’s disease.


Diane Reynolds, Ed.D., R.N., is a 2016 participant in the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation. Reynolds was a tenured associate professor of Nursing at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, before retiring in 2015. 

Amy Rex Smith, Ph.D., R.N., is professor of Nursing and director of the RN to BSN Online Program at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. Rex Smith is co-principle investigator on “Churches’ Perceptions of Mental Health Needs and Resources in Jackson, Mississippi: A Qualitative Study,” and a contributing editor for the Journal of Christian Nursing. She is a 2016 scholar of the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program. 

Lourdes Santoni, Ph.D., R.N., is a board certified adult nurse practitioner. She participated in the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program in 2016.

Moderated by:

Gwyn M. Vernon, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., R.N., co-founder and national director of the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: This web seminar is being hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation, and registration will be handled through their website,

Questions about registration? Call the Parkinson’s Foundation at 800-457-6676. 

Questions about CEUs? Call ASA at 415-974-9628.

Have technical issues? Call NetBriefings at 866-225-1532.

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