Meeting Archive:
Pulmonary Hypertension in Scleroderma from a Nurse's Perspective

"Pulmonary Hypertension in Scleroderma:  from a Nurse's Perspective" with Barbara S. Smithson, MSN, RN is now available on the PHA Online University.  Visit now to take the course and receive credit.

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Meeting Description:
Barbara Smithson, MSN, RN, the Reaseach Nurse Coordinator at Rhode Island Hospital facilitates this lecture on scleroderma; focusing specifically on the elements that are necessary for allied health professionals to diagnose and treat patients.  She will discuss the various levels of the disease and how the progression affects those affected.  Also discussed in this webinar will be the importance of various testing methods to verify the extent of the disease and the importance of screening all scleroderma patients for Pulmonary Hypertension.

Participants will be eligible for 1.0 hour of Nursing CEU upon completion of the post test and evaluation.  In order to receive this credit, participants must have a FREE account with PHA Online University (  Register for your free account now!

Join us for this fascinating presentation!
Date: Wed, Jun 8, 2011
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Caitlin Flewellen
 Presenter Information
Barbara Smithson, MSN, RN
Speaker Photo

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
Pulmonary Hypertension Center
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island

Barbara has been an RN for 33 years, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2009. She has worked at Rhode Island Hospital for more than 15 years, working in both pulmonary research and the Trauma 1 Emergency Department. Before that time, Barbara worked in cardio-thoracic intensive care units caring for post open-heart surgery patients in Philadelphia.  She works with Dr. James Klinger and the PH team at Rhode Island Hospital coordinating and running many clinical trials for PH patients. Barbara has been an active member of the PH Professional Network Symposium committee since 2005. She has spoken at many of the previous Symposia as well as PHA’s 9th International PH Conference. She will also be a speaker at the upcoming PHPN Symposium in September.  She is actively involved with the PH support group in Rhode Island and facilitated a PHA e-learning event for PH patients.