Nursing Solutions: Interdisciplinary Education on Parkinson’s Disease

Start time
10:00 AM (Pacific)
End time
11:00 AM (Pacific)

Presented by Parkinson’s Foundation as part of the the Nurse Webinar Series.

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Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive and very complex disorder. As such, it is well recognized that the needs of patients throughout their disease trajectory exceed the limits of any single professional discipline. Interdisciplinary skills are needed for those working with Parkinson’s disease and should begin early in pre-professional training. This program will investigate educational models used in undergraduate education and in continuing professional education to improve team collaborative care of those with Parkinson’s disease.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Distinguish between cross disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary education;
  • Develop an understanding of the relevance and connections of multiple disciplines to the complex care of the Parkinson’s patient; and,
  • Contemplate how interdisciplinary education can foster improved care of people with Parkinson’s disease at the student and professional level.


Photo of Jennifer DeJongJennifer DeJong is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where she teaches Health Assessment, Health Assessment Lab, and Adult Health Nursing. Prior to teaching, she worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Occupational Health, and as an Registered Nurse in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She obtained a Masters in Science, Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Minnesota in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Education from North Dakota State University in 2011. She is a 2013 Edmund J. Safra Visiting Nurse Scholar and presented a poster about the Interdisciplinary Case Studies at The 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland last fall. She is married and has three boys and one girl, aged 9 to 16. In her sparetime she enjoys watching her kids play sports and perform in plays, reading, and the occasional girl’s weekend of scrapbooking.


Photo of Ruth HagestuenRuth Hagestuen, R.N., M.A. is currently working with the Parkinson’s Foundation as Director of Allied Team Training for Parkinson (ATTP) and consultant to the Edmond J Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative. She is also working with the Struthers Parkinson’s Center in development of the Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network. Her work with Parkinson's disease began in 1987 when she joined the Methodist Hospital Parkinson's Center as nurse coordinator of their interdisciplinary clinic and regional information and referral center. She eventually assumed the role of program director as the Center evolved and was renamed the Struthers Parkinson's Center. In 2000, she joined the NPF staff as National Program Director and remained with the Foundation as Vice President and Director of Programs until 2009. In this position she worked with affiliates nationally and internationally developing strategies to better meet needs of the Parkinson's community through research, education, care, and outreach. She served as Director of the NYU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center from 2009-2011, working regionally with their interdisciplinary team and collaborative partners to build informed and accessible care and programs that are accessible throughout the course of the disease.

Please Note: This web seminar is being hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation, and registration will be handled through their website,

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