Perinatal Nursing Symposiums in Five Illinois Locations

Venue: 5 different locations

Location: Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 26, 2008
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The March of Dimes is conducting several one-day perinatal nursing symposiums throughout the state of Illinois for nurses and allied health professionals in neonatal, obstetric, perinatal, and pediatric practices. The symposiums will be held at five Illinois hospitals from September to January, and each symposium will feature workshops conducted by experts in the fields of obstetrics and neonatal care. All symposiums will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. The cost is $70.00 ($35.00 for students with a valid ID), and participants can register online by visiting For more information, or to register, contact Kristina Weinketz at or (312) 596-4709.

These symposiums will unveil both educational and ground breaking information vital to nurses and other healthcare professionals. Symposium topics will include: Early Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, Effects of MRSA on Mom and Baby, Perinatal Hemorrhage Testing, Newborn Hearing Screening Updates, and Perinatal HIV Transmission. Participating nurses will receive 5.0 contact hours to be used toward continuing education requirements from the Illinois Nurses Association.

For those registering for the Symposium at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago on Friday, October 17, they will have a unique opportunity to participate in a Post Symposium Module that will be worth an additional 5.3 continuing education units. The cost of this additional Post Symposium Module is $30.00 and will cover the March of Dimes module: Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use in Childbearing Families. This is an excellent opportunity for nurses to earn extra continuing education credits in anticipation of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act, where continuing credit hours for nurses will be mandated in 2009.

Symposium dates and locations:
09/26- Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Bolingbrook, IL
09/30- St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL
10/17- St. Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
11/07- NIU Education Center, Rockford, IL
01/07/09- St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL

The March of Dimes is the champion for all babies, and has protected their health for 70 years, beginning with funding the research that led to the prevention of polio. Today, more than half a million babies are born too soon nationwide, and in Illinois alone, more than 23,300 babies are born prematurely annually. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for infants in the first month of life. Since 1981, there has been a 27% increase in the rate of preterm birth in the United States and there is no known cause for nearly 50% of these premature births.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or