College of Nursing hosts pharmacology workshop


Nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students from throughout north Louisiana recently attended a pharmacology workshop hosted by Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing.

According to Associate Professor of Nursing Katheryn Arterberry, participants in the workshop are able to apply current evidence-based findings in the pharmacological management of selected conditions, diseases and populations.

“Participants were able to receive current pharmacologic knowledge concerning multiple and varied disease processes and patient populations,” said Arterberry. “This knowledge has the potential to positively impact patient outcomes across the region.”

NSU faculty Jaime Panton, Mary Zapczynski, Teresa Kevil, Julie S. Gayle, Connie Hale, Winde Chambers, Kelly Crawford and Cheryl Adair were presenters at the workshop.

The workshop benefitted advanced practice RNs who diagnose and treat patients, according to Kevil who said each APRN must complete a minimum of six pharmacological contact hours each year to maintain their license and prescriptive authority.

“Graduate nursing faculty were highlighted as the nursing experts in their field,” said Arterberry. “NSU has an abundance of nursing knowledge in the faculty and this was evident during the event.”