Launched by the International Organization of MS Nurses (IOMSN), Stony Brook University Hospital Comprehensive Care Center, Nurse Practitioner Alternatives and HealthCare21 Communications, this first-of-its-kind accredited course is tailored to address the evolving needs of nursing professionals who specialise in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and require up-to-date information and skills development in the complex management of the condition.
The 2.5 day hands on course, led by Dr Patricia Coyle, Patricia Melville and other members of the Stony Brook faculty, provides nurses from across the USA with insights into latest developments regarding diagnosis, treatment strategies, best practice comprehensive care approaches and hot topics in MS. Participants observe patient–nurse/nurse practitioner interactions in the clinic and practice strategies, including skills development and the use of tools that can be applied in daily practice.
The MS Nurse Mini-Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for nurses to discuss challenging patient cases with who see around 1,700 patient visits a year. The centre is one of only six nationwide, designated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a paediatric MS Centre of Excellence.
Course participants indicated that, ‘the Mini Fellowship and opportunity for nurses was amazing. The faculty were interesting, engaged and passionate. Organisation of the course was excellent and distribution of resources and supporting education was fantastic!’
IOMSN want this to be the first of many more MS Nurse Mini-Fellowships in the USA, and internationally, and planning is already actively underway.