Discussing Parkinson’s with Vicki Teske

Since November, I have been participating in an educational opportunity designed for nursing school faculty.   The Edmond J Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (VNF) (http://www.parkinsonsnursing.com/)  is a nationwide program designed to support faculty in development and expansion of Parkinson’s disease (PD) specific curriculum.  Given the fact that we live in the ‘”Parkinson’s disease belt” (Midwest and Northeast) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2865395/) this is an excellent opportunity for nurse educators in central Minnesota to enhance the quality of nursing care for patients with this diagnosis.  It involves traveling to the Twin Cites at least once for the didactic portion followed by clinical hours which you can do either locally or at Struthers Parkinson’s Center.  They have been doing interdisciplinary care for Parkinson’s since the 1970’s.  I thought that I knew a fair amount about Parkinson’s but found out that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did!  Once you have completed the independent project expenses are reimbursed up to $2000.   I spent one day with Dr. Tanya Harlow in the Coordinated Treatment Center at Sanford and will be spending a full day at Struthers this coming Monday.  I know that they are willing to coordinate clinical days with Struthers with the didactic so actually only one trip to the Twin Cities would be necessary.


WHAT TO DO IF INTERESTED:  Access the website for application materials and other information, www.ParkinsonsNursing.com.

WHEN:  Tuesday June 4 and Wednesday June 5, 2013

WHERE:  Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson’s Center

                   6701 Country Club Drive

                   Golden Valley, MN  55427


I have learned a lot and more importantly have an increased awareness of the role that nurses can and need to play in the coordination and care of patients with this progressive movement disorder.



Willis, A.M., Evanhoft, B.A., Lian, M., Criswell, S.R.,  & Roette, B.A. (2010).  Geographic and ethnic variation in Parkinson disease: A population-based study of US Medicare beneficiaries.  Neuroepidemiology, 34(3), 143–151.  Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2865395/

Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership
Minnesota State University Moorhead



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