LEWISTON – The University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College will offer a course this fall to help registered nurses develop better oral and written communication skills and enhance their technology skills.

Professional Communication and Technology Utilization emphasizes a critical examination of how technology and communication can enhance the understanding of the historical and professional development of nursing.

Students will explore history and nursing theory using skills in written and oral communication and will learn to present information effectively using a variety of sources and appropriate techniques.

Topics will include library access to information and databases; introduction to the APA reference manual; basic computer skills such as e-mail, list serves, word processing, the Internet and presentation methods and software.

The three-credit course (CON 308) will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 3. Registration is open through the start of the semester.

The course, which is open only to RNs, is one of the first two required courses in the RN to BS program offered through USM’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. The program for working nurses, offered in its entirety at LAC, is open to nurses who completed either a diploma or associate degree program in nursing.

For more information, call the college at 753-6500 and ask to speak to an adviser.

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