The first development: Lane County has been selected as the newest site for the Oregon Health & Science University's School of Nursing's degree programs. The program is called the Lane County Holistic Nursing Program. Courses will be delivered through instructors in the classroom, the Internet and video teleconferencing.
The second development: Free, monthly lectures, the Acorn Series, will be offered on complementary health care such as integrating traditional health care with nontraditional healing including holistic practices of spirituality, homeopathic, naturopathic and chiropractic medicine.
The nursing degree program is designed for the R.N., the bachelor of science degree and the master of science degree for family nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and students in the leadership and management specialty of nursing.
The lecture series is designed primarily for health care professionals.
The nursing degree program will be at Sacred Heart Medical Center, which has donated space in its education wing for the administration of the program and for installation of distance-education technology.
The lectures will be held at the William H. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St., Room 10, at the University of Oregon.
The lectures will be held on the second Tuesday of every month. The first lecture will be "An Overview of Transpersonal Human Caring/Healing by Robin Jaqua, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst and Catherine Salveson, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor, OHSU School of Nursing. Salveson is the Director of the Statewide R.N./B.S. Program and the administrator of the Lane County program.
The lecture series was developed by local health care professionals, including representatives from Sacred Heart Medical Center, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and the University of Oregon. These new developments are being made possible by Robin and John Jaqua of Eugene at a cost of about $170,000.
"We have a unique opportunity in this partnership with the Jaquas and the alternative and complementary health care community in Lane County," said Catherine Salveson.
The OHSU School of Nursing has campuses in Portland, Ashland, Klamath Falls and La Grande, and offers distance education to students throughout the state though its R.N./B.S. Online program.