Nursing Currents: Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Cost of Care with Nutrition Therapy

Program Date: April 2013
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours

Course Objectives:

  • Identify drivers of health reform related to healthcare quality and value.
  • Identify risk factors for pressure ulcer development.
  • Describe the role of oral nutritional supplementation in reducing and/or preventing pressure ulcers.
  • Media Format(s): Article (English)

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Kathleen Cowden, RD, CD

Clinical Dietitian
Franciscan St. Francis Health
Indianapolis, IN

Kathleen Cowden, RD, CD, is a Clinical Dietitian specializing in cardiac care and geriatrics. She is an instructor for cardiac rehabilitation and teaches heart-healthy nutrition classes in the Indianapolis community. At St. Francis, she is a member of the Glycemic Control Committee, Wound Care Committee and Cafeteria Wellness program. Ms. Cowden is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and is the Chairperson for Professional Improvement at the Central Indiana Dietetic Association.

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Stephanie Heckman, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN

Medical/Surgical and Geriatric Nurse Specialist
Franciscan St. Francis Health
Indianapolis, IN

Stephanie Heckman, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN, is a board-certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist at Franciscan St. Francis Health, where she co-chairs the Skin Action Team and leads/participates in several other clinical practice committees. Ms. Heckman’s clinical areas of expertise are medical/surgical and geriatric nursing. She is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

P.J. Maddox, BSN, MSN, EdD

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Administration and Policy
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

P.J. Maddox, BSN, MSN, EdD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Health Administration and Policy, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Maddox is also Director, Office of Research, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, and a professor in the graduate school at the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason.


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