University of Southern Indiana

Spring Programs


Spring 2018

March 5-9, SANE Training             

March 17 & 18, Healing Touch Workshops

April 4, Nursing Leadership

April 18, Research and Healthcare Issues Conference                                                  

May 4, Advanced Practice Nursing Symposium

May 9, Midwest Care Coordination Conference

May 16, 17 & 18, 35th Annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies (IADS)      


This five-day educational training will follow the 2015 International Association of Forensic Nurses guidelines for Adolescent/Adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). Prior to the in-person training, there are three hours of online education required by each participant.

The SANE training participants will learn the specific protocols in the care and examination of sexual assault victims to preserve evidence and ensure chain of custody, as well as the different aspects of the sexual assault physical examination (history taking, evidence collection, documentation, etc.). In addition, attendees are exposed to members of a Sexual Assault Response Team, and they will participate in a mock trial for a better understanding of legal proceedings.

To sit for the SANE certification exam, a nurse must attend the entire five-day SANE training course, as well as complete clinical requirements outlined by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, which will be discussed during the training. USI program staff will monitor and provide documentation of completion of clinical requirements. Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and USI College of Nursing and Health Professions Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning are collaborating with regional partners to host this training. Instructors include SANE-trained and SANE-certified nurses, Indiana State Police forensic scientists, law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys and victim support specialists.

Recognizing the importance of participation across different agencies, the training will not be limited to nurses. The following are considered potential participants: law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, health care professionals, students and social workers. Email Jane Friona ( with questions about the training.

Dates & Times: Monday through Friday, March 5-9, 2018, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST)

Registration Fee: $200 for nurses for all 5 days & self-study; $100 for all 5 days for non-nurses, if registering by February 16. Thereafter, $300 for nurses for all 5 days & self-study; $150 for non-nurses for all 5 days. Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials and continuing education credit.

Contact Hours: 42 for nurses
Course Number:  HPR850



HEALING TOUCH COURSE 1 (formerly referred to as “LEVEL 1”)                                 

Foundations of Healing Touch is the first course in the study toward a certificate in Healing Touch and is designed for anyone interested in energy healing and specifically helpful for nurses, and all health care practitioners. The Healing Touch Certificate Program is a multi-level course of study in energy-based therapy that moves from beginning to advanced practitioner and is complementary to heath care. The theoretical concepts that underlie holistic healthcare practices are explored along with how these concepts relate to the core values which guide the practice of Healing Touch. Healing Touch techniques used in the etheric field are acquired along with an understanding of how these techniques interface with the human biofield. The course instructor will demonstrate and students will practice healing techniques. Foundations of Healing Touch is an approved course of study of the Healing Beyond Borders Healing Touch Certificate Program. For more information about Healing Touch, go to

Instructor: Geraldine Kerns Hartmayer, RN, CHTP, CHTI, HN
Date & Time: Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
                     Sunday, March 18, 9 a.m. -6 p.m.
Location: University Center
Contact Hours: 18 for nurses and massage therapists
Course Number: HPR805


Wednesday, April 4

Dr. Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, will present on Bullying and Burnout: The Leadership Challenges of the 21st Century.  Workplace bullying and burnout are on the rise leading to poor retention, low morale, and ultimately, an unhealthy environment for employees and the patients they serve. This workshop is design to equip healthcare leaders with skills and strategies to finally eliminate bullying and reduce burnout!  As an international speaker and consultant Dr. Renee Thompson tackles the clinical and professional challenges facing healthcare leaders today.  With 26 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, and nurse executive, Dr. Thompson is an expert on workplace bullying, professional development, and clinical competence. She hosts an award winning blog and is the author of several popular books on bullying and professional development.  In order to fully understand the challenges facing leaders and their employees, Renee continues to practice as a bedside nurse. 

Date:  Thursday, April 4, 2018
Time:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location:  University of Evansville, Ridgway University Center
                              1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN

Contact Hours: TBA
Course Number: HPR803


Wednesday, April 18

This conference will provide an environment to disseminate research, evidence based practice and performance improvement among healthcare disciplines. The attendee will have an opportunity to learn about strategies to improve patient care and health care systems, through the keynote presentation and juried oral and poster presentations, as well as network with other professionals who are interested in promoting quality patient care.  


Friday, May 4

This annual symposium is designed to provide current, practical information that will strengthen assessment skills and expand knowledge of patient management strategies. Learning Outcome: Attendees will be able to implement current effective diagnostic
and treatment strategies for a variety of client health problems.


Thursday, May 9

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of health care providers that work as a team to coordinate care for a group of patients, with the goals of providing highquality,patient-centered care and reducing costs. The conference will focus on the
role of care coordinators, case managers and navigators in the ACO through all phases of care delivery including after hospitalization.


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 16 - 18, 2018

The annual Institute for Alcohol and Drug Studies (IADS) focuses on current, effective, alcohol and drug treatment. The two-day, inter-professional conference provides practical tools and groundbreaking information related to successful intervention, rehabilitation, and treatment.

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