Nursing in Kansas to be focus of LPR

Tona Leiker, chair of the Tabor College Wichita nursing program, will present “Nursing in Kansas: Past, Present and Future” at the April 4 session of the 60+ Learning in Retirement Program.

The session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus.

Leiker will share from her experience as an advanced nurse practitioner as well as her recent doctorate studies.

She was a school nurse in the Andover school district for eight years and became the lead nurse in 2002, one year before accepting the her current position at TCW.

In addition to direct nursing care experience, Leiker had management experience in behavioral health services at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.

Leiker was appointed to the National Advisory Council Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. She also served on the Congress of Nursing Practice for the American Nursing Association in Washington, D.C.

Leiker also served on the board of directors for the Kansas Nurses Assistance Program and as president of both the National Nurses Society on Addictions and Kansas School Nurse Organization.

In 2004, she received the Patricia A. Devine Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Award for distinguished service in the field of mental health nursing. She also received the Joyce W. Markendorf Excellence in School Mental Health Award in 2001 and the Nursing: The Heart of Healthcare Award in 1992.

Older adults are invited to attend. Enrollment is $15 per person a semester, $28 per couple or $4 a session.

In an effort to encourage participation, first-time visitors will be admitted free of charge.

Registration and discount lunch cards will be available at the door.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 947-5964.

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