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Nursing Faculty Member Chosen to Present at Conferences

Janet McMahonJanet McMahon, associate professor of nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently offered the keynote address for the statewide Louisiana Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.

Her address was titled “Making the Difference for Tomorrow’s Future Leaders” and was attended by 250 nursing educators and students. McMahon’s goal was to encourage self-analysis and leadership in the nursing profession.

“It was a great accomplishment to be asked, and to deliver, a message to inspire these educators and students even more,” McMahon said of the conference, where she spoke to many faculty and students who had endured devastating losses during Hurricane Katrina last fall. “It was really humbling. I really felt like I did some good in a small way.”

She also presented a separate session for faculty titled “Dealing with the ‘D’ Deficient Student Clinically: Examining and Evaluating the Process.”

In June, McMahon will again speak at Drexel University’s Nursing Education Institute, to be held in Providence, R.I. There, she will offer two sessions “Desperate Measures in Desperate Times for Today’s Nursing Education: Mentoring New and Experienced Faculty on How to Teach” and “Dealing with the ‘D’ Deficient Student Clinically: Holding to the Critical Behaviors of Safe Nursing Practice.”

She will offer another keynote address in October at the Nursing Education Consortium of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s annual conference, to be held at the University of Scranton. She plans to present the topic: “Clinically Deficient: At Risk for Failure.”

In November, McMahon will offer both a workshop and a concurrent session during the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing’s annual convention, scheduled for Nov. 5-7 in Charlotte, N.C. Her four-hour workshop will focus on “Evaluating Students in Clinical with Accuracy, Holding to the Standards of Practice.”

Her second session will be titled “Evaluating Your Students in the Clinical Environment: Examining the Critical Behaviors of Safe Practice.”

In addition, McMahon recently authored “Pharmacology Online 2.0 Flash Cards” to accompany the textbook “Pharmacology for Nursing Care” (sixth edition) by Richard Lehne. The text is set to be released by Elsevier in August. For this project, McMahon wrote 2,200 questions that will serve as a study guide and will be available on the Web to book purchasers.

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