Leading Speaker for Nursing Conference- Margaret Peggy Moriarty Litz

Title: Parkinson’s Disease:Fast Facts for Nurse Educators

Margaret Peggy Moriarty Litz

Southern New Hampshire University, USA

Biography

Ms. Moriarty-Litz completed the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation with an interprofessional team of educators. Ms. Moriarty-Litz is the Chief Nursing Administrator/Executive Director at Southern New Hampshire University and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International in the Epsilon Tau At-Large Chapter and a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Anselm College, a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from the University of New Hampshire, and is a candidate for the doctoral degree in Education Learning and Leadership from Rivier University.

Abstract

The diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease began over 200 years ago with the recognition of motor symptoms of the condition. Today, there is no cure for the disease, only treatment and strategies for management of the symptoms. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder affecting people around the globe.  With an aging population, this number is expected to increase. There is no known test to diagnosis Parkinson’s Disease. Often, the diagnosis occurs late in the condition due to lack of recognition of early symptoms. The non-motor symptoms of PD are often first indicators of the onset of the disease.  Early recognition and referral to movement disorder services may support the patient with early treatment plans.  The physical, social, and emotional impacts of the condition may be experienced by both the patients and their caregivers.  This presentation will provide strategies for improvement with early engagement with patients and families for management of Parkinson’s Disease.
Nurses may be the first healthcare provider to recognize and acknowledge symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.Nurses need to be knowledgeable about Parkinson’s Disease to address the health concerns associated with this chronic condition. This presentation is provided to fill the gap in the knowledge of nurse educators related to symptom recognition and strategies for management of Parkinson’s Disease.The goal is to increase awareness, provide information regarding community resources, and share knowledge with current nursing students in academic settings.