Nursing professor to present at American Psychiatric Nurses Association Pennsylvania Chapter State Conference

( Todd Hastings, M.S., R.N., assistant professor and director of the Part-Time Evening Nursing Program at Misericordia University, will be making the oral presentation, “Best Practices for Treatment of Co-Occuring Disorders: Nursing Response to a Vulnerable Population,’’ at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Pennsylvania Chapter State Conference at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa., in March.

Hastings collaborated on the research and will present it along with Barbara Buxton, Ph.D., C.N.S., University of Scranton; Diane Haleem, Ph.D., R.N., Marywood University, and Patricia Hannon, Ph.D., C.N.S., East Stroudsburg University. The focus of the presentation is on the best ways to treat patients who have mental illness and substance abuse problems simultaneously, and also how to intervene on their behalf. The research team’s work translates how new integrated care models that have been implemented by psychiatric nurses are among the best ways to treat these patients.

The Misericordia University nursing professor earned an associate degree in nursing from Luzerne County Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in nutrition science from Rutgers University. He received his Master of Science in nutrition from Penn State University and his Master of Science in nursing from Wilkes University. Hastings is a registered nurse, who also works as a mental health nurse providing therapeutic services to mental health patients at Saxon Psychiatric Services in West Wyoming, Pa. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in nursing education from the University of Phoenix.

Hastings has also had his research published in peer reviewed publications and has presented his findings at numerous state and national nursing conferences. He is also a member of the National League for Nursing, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, and acts as a faculty advisor for the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society Theta Phi Chapter

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