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Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis: A Core Curriculum
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Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis; A Core Curriculum
Kathleen Costello, RN, MS, CRNP, MSCN
June Halper, MSCN, ANP, FAAN
Colleen Harris, RN, MN, MSCN

Demos Medical Publishing, 2003, 127 pages
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Nursing is a critical element in meeting the needs of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and families. MS nurses have evolved from home-based care providers giving support to patients to certified MS nurses and advanced practice nurses who must be well educated in the disease process and the available treatments. In addition, MS nurses must be sensitive to and supportive of the emotional needs of those affected by the disease and must provide appropriate education regarding the disease process, treatment regimens, symptom management, and community resources.

This core curriculum was developed for use by all nurses preparing to take the certification examination in MS nursing given under the auspices of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN), whose mission is to establish and perpetuate a specialized branch of nursing in multiple sclerosis; to establish standards of nursing care in multiple sclerosis; to support multiple sclerosis nursing research; to educate the health care community about the disease; and to disseminate this knowledge throughout the world.

It summarizes in outline form the basic concepts of multiple sclerosis and MS nursing. It has been developed as a companion to Halper/Holland, Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, 2nd Edition and Halper, Advanced Concepts in Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Care. Each chapter provides relevant information as well as references for further study. Readers will learn about the history of MS, as well as the current theories regarding the immunologic basis for the disease. Pharmacologic strategies that include treatment for acute attacks, immunomodulating therapies, and symptomatic therapies are discussed, as are nonpharmacologic interventions.

About the Authors:

Kathleen Costello, RN, MS, CRNP,
MSCNKathleen Costello, RN, MS, CRNP, MSCN
Kathleen Costello is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director of the Maryland Center for Multiple Sclerosis, located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Mrs. Costello collaborates with Center physicians to assist in the evaluation process and provide ongoing care for persons with multiple sclerosis. She is the research coordinator for several clinical trials for new treatments for multiple sclerosis. She assists in the coordination of Center philanthropic efforts as well as efforts to expand Center services. She has conducted research regarding the side effects of interferon beta-1b.

Ms. Costello is a lecturer in the undergraduate division of the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She is a speaker for the Maryland Chapter of the National MS Society and is a member of the NMSS Clinical Advisory Committee. She has given numerous lectures at the local, national and international level, regarding symptom management, nursing care and injectable therapies to nurses, physicians and patient groups. She is a member of numerous advisory boards to enhance care of those with multiple sclerosis. She currently serves as President for the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses.

Ms. Costello received her BSN from the University of Maryland in 1980. She was certified in neuroscience nursing in 1991. She completed graduate studies in adult primary care in May, 1998 at the University of Maryland.

June Halper, MSCN, ANP, FAANJune Halper, MSCN, ANP, FAAN
June Halper is a certified adult nurse practitioner who has specialized in multiple sclerosis since 1978. She was a founder of the Gimbel MS Center in Teaneck, NJ and has been the Executive Director since 1989. In 1993, the Gimbel MS Center was named the administrative seat of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, the largest organization of MS healthcare professionals in the world. Ms. Halper was president of the CMSC from 1995-97 and has been the Executive Director since 1997.

Ms. Halper has published and lectured extensively on multiple sclerosis and its ramifications and is the editor of Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis and Advanced Concepts in Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis, and co-editor of Staying Well with Multiple Sclerosis: A Self-Care Guide. Ms. Halper chaired the first Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Specialist Consensus Committee"s development of a monograph on the nurse"s role in adherence to complex protocols; the impact of cognitive impairment in MS nursing care; and the nurse"s role in patient"s and family"s quality of life. She chaired the second such committee which published Multiple Sclerosis: Best Practices in Nursing Care, Disease Management, Pharmacologic Treatment, Nursing Research. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the founding director of IOMSN, the International Organization of MS Nurses, and the recipient of the IOMSN"s first June Halper Award for Excellence in Nursing in Multiple Sclerosis. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in November 1999.

Harris, RN, MN, MSCN Colleen Harris, RN, MN, MSCN
Colleen Harris is currently the Nurse Co-ordinator/Nurse Practitioner of the University of Calgary Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, where she has been involved in multidisciplinary MS care for the past fourteen years. She completed a diploma nursing program at the Foothills Hospital and later obtained both a Bachelor"s and Master"s degree in Nursing through the University of Calgary. Her interests specific in MS care include intrathecal baclofen therapy, heath outcomes evaluation and disability advocacy. She helped co-ordinate several clinical trials on a variety of new MS therapies and collaborates with other clinic nurses in nursing research projects.

Colleen has been actively involved with the MS Society of Canada for over 13 years both as a committee member and on the Board of Directors. She was involved in a MS Society social action initiative that facilitated provincial reimbursement of the new immunomodulating drugs. She has worked collaboratively with the MS Society in developing patient education programs and helped develop a very successful Wellness Program. Colleen, along with several of her MS Nursing colleagues from North America, Europe and Australia, was involved in the creation of the International Organization of MS Nurses (IOMSN). The goal of this organization is to facilitate communication, skills development, and standards in nursing care of people with MS. She was the president of IOMSN in 2001, which has a membership of 400 and is rapidly growing.

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