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Upcoming Training: 

Friday, June 14 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Lawrence, KS
Register here: Deep Dive: Down Syndrome

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  • Identify the physical signs and the chromosomal presentation of Down syndrome
  • Describe the specific health care needs and screening needed in adults with Down syndrome
  • Explain various approaches to the care of an adult with Down syndrome in the home setting

Moya Peterson is an associate clinical professor at the KU School of Nursing and teaches in the family nurse practitioner program. She also is a family nurse practitioner at the KU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine.  She is a graduate of the Olivet Nazarene University, the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas.

Peterson has worked as a staff nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her research and clinical interests are in primary care across the lifespan, the primary care of handicapped (physically and mentally) children and adults and especially the primary care of adults with Down syndrome.  She has established a clinic for adults with Down syndrome and currently has seen about 400 patients in that specialty clinic.  It is the only one of its kind in the country staffed by a nurse practitioner and the next closest clinics for that population is St Louis, Chicago and Denver.

Peterson has had publications printed in national and state journals, and has presented at continuing education meetings on a variety of topics relevant to advanced practice nurses in the state of Kansas.  She also has spoken about and developed a DVD about the nurses of the 77th Evacuation Hospital (the WW2 hospital that KUMC sponsored that saw action in Africa and Europe) that fulfilled another of her research interests.  She is also on a national group selected to develop guidelines for the healthcare for adults with Down syndrome.  She is the only nurse or nurse practitioner in that select group of providers.

Dr. Peterson won the KU Chancellors award for Excellence in teaching in 2014, Modern Healthcare's Lillian Carter's Exemplary Acts of Nursing award in 2018, Ingram's Heroes in Healthcare award in 2018 and the University of Kansas Medical Center's Distinguished Nursing Alumni award in 2018.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Friday, June 7 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 


Wednesday, July 17 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Coming Soon!
Trauma Informed Care 


Thursday, July 25 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Topeka, KS
Register here: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems: Bridging the Communication Gap

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Do you support persons-served that have difficulty talking, making it hard for them to communicate their wants and needs?  If so, there are options that might help known as Augmentative and Alternative Communications Systems (AACs). 

This training will cover the two main types of AACs (aided and unaided).  Participants in the class should walk away with a better understanding of communication barriers and ways to address barriers in a manner that allows the person-served to gain access to their wants and needs through using AACs.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Thursday, July 18 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Wednesday, Aug. 14 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Overland Park, KS
Register here: Best Practices: Medication Administration 

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Medication administration is one of those on-going responsibilities that often overwhelm even the most talented and veteran staff. Sara Owen, APRN, and Teresa Galutia, MS, will share best practices that have benefited Lakemary by making medication variances practically non-existent.  What works and what doesn’t. And, what will practically guarantee success and ensure individuals get exactly what is prescribed each and every time. 

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Wednesday, Aug. 7 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Friday, Sept. 6 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Wichita, KS
Register here: Cerebral Palsy: What to Consider

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This presentation will describe the condition of Cerebral Palsy and its effects on children and adults.  Common types of CP will be discussed as well as other conditions that are common for those who have CP.  This presentation will be light and interactive in nature.  An adult with CP will attend to give a unique perspective on the condition and what it has been like to deal with it.

David W. Kemp, OTR/L, ATP is the Vice President of Technical Services at the Daniel M. Carney Rehab Engineering Center / CPRF Wichita.  Mr. Kemp has been an OT for over 30 years and specifically a wheelchair and seating specialist for the last 20 years at CPRF.  He is certified in NDT with the CP child and has worked with many children and adults with CP.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Friday, Aug, 30 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


 Thursday, Sept. 19 - Wichita, KS
Hosted by ResCare, Flyer linked below with details! 
Exploring Compassion Fatigue: A Reality for Caregivers & Enhancing Direct Practice Communication Skills, Using People First Language & Disability Etiquette