Training Dates & Locations

The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program hosts several interactive trainings each year at university-based movement disorder centers. Nurse faculty are selected through a competitive application process.

Trainings vary, but typically include two days of lectures, small group discussions, and workshops with Parkinson’s experts; two clinical days in a Parkinson’s center with mentorship by members of a multidisciplinary team; attendance at a support group; and completion of a mentored independent project benefitting nursing education and/or patient care in Parkinson's disease.

2017 Training Dates and Locations

Tuesday, June 13-Wednesday, June 14-Minneapolis, MN
Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson's Disease Center
Program Coordinators: Joan Gardner, B.S.N., R.N., & Ruth Hagestuen, R.N., M.A.

Monday, July 10-Thursday, July 13-Boston, MA
Boston University Medical Campus Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Center
Program Coordinator: Cathi A. Thomas, M.S., R.N., C.N.R.N.

Monday, July 17-Tuesday, July 18-San Francisco, CA
Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF VA Medical Center
Program Coordinator: Susan Heath, R.N., M.S.N.

Wednesday, September 20-Thursday, September 21-Phoenix, AZ
Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center
Program Coordinator: Edie Simpson, R.N.

Tuesday, October 3-Friday, October 6-Birmingham, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Program Coordinator: Laura Lieb, R.N., M.P.H.

Monday, October 23-Tuesday, October 24-New York, NY
The Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone
Program Coordinator: Amy Lemen, M.A., L.C.S.W.

Please note: all trainings are four days in length. For training sites shown with only two days of training, the days listed include the didactic component only. A two-day clinical component is scheduled at the convenience of the host site and Scholar. Trainings listed as four days long have the clinical integrated into that time frame.

Additional trainings are being planned. Contact us at with additional questions or concerns.

This activity has been submitted to the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses for approval to award contact hours. The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.