Press Briefing on The Crucial Role of Cardiology Nurses at TCT 2005


Newswise — During this year's Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, the Cardiovascular Research Foundation will host a roundtable discussion on the critical role that nurses play in patient education, cardiovascular risk awareness and patient empowerment.

Join us for a provocative discussion as leading experts in the field of interventional cardiology ask:

· Why the need for high-quality patient education is a public health issue and what role nurses play?

· How are we training nurses to effectively communicate and empower patients and how can we do better?

· How the role of cardiac nurses has evolved in response to the rapid changes in technology and the healthcare system over the last decade?

The panel of experts for this briefing includes:* Keynote speaker: Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery and Director, Cardiovascular Institute, Columbia University Medical Center * Mary Egan, Program Coordinator for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center* Virginia Forbes, Program Coordinator, Patient Care Committee, New York Presbyterian Hospital * Marian Hawkey, RN, Clinical Liaison for the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center* Hilary Nierenberg, MS, ANP, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Director, Cardiac Risk Reduction Program, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at Columbia University Medical Center

WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 9:00 " 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Washington Convention Center, Press Room 159B

About our Keynote Speaker: Best-selling author Dr. Mehmet Oz is a renowned heart surgeon whose award-winning books provide insight into his innovative approach to medical care- especially the merging of cutting edge and complementary medicine. Dr. Oz encourages his patients to become their own health-care advocates, and he believes that nurses play a key role in making this happen. Dr. Oz has hosted and appeared on numerous television programs and currently has a best-seller, "You: The Owner's Manual," which Oprah has featured.

About CRF:The Cardiovascular Research Foundation in New York City is one of the world's largest private, non-profit medical research foundations, dedicated to research and education in the broad subspecialty of interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. By establishing the safe use of new technologies and pharmacologic agents, CRF has for more than 15 years played a major role in the remarkable advances in survival and quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease. For more information, visit http://www.crf.org.

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