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Virginia Bowen

DPT, COS-C

Virginia Bowen is a clinical and evidence-based practice educator and DPT with more than 20 years of physical therapy and education experience. She is passionate about creating engaging and relevant programs that support clinicians reaching their highest potential in both personal and professional positions.

In Virginia's current role as a rehab education coordinator, she provides education for therapists and nurses in the home health setting. She assists in the development of their roles and facilitates opportunities for professional growth. Previously, Virginia worked as a physical therapy supervisor and clinical manager for a home health agency. In her 20 years of experience, she has acquired a vast array of skills, including podcasting, Epic proficiency, simulation creation, team building, culture transformation, clinical reasoning development, education, and public speaking.

Virginia also presents continuing education courses on evidence-based practices for rehabilitation professionals and nurses in the home health setting. Presentation topics include chronic disease management, fall prevention, a day in the life of a home health therapist, assessing lab values, and pharmacology for rehabilitation professionals. Virginia is an adjunct professor, teaching pharmacology for physical therapy students.

Virginia received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin and her DPT from the College of Saint Scholastica. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and of the geriatric, cardiopulmonary, and home health sections.

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Heart Failure: Addressing Barriers to Self-Management in Patients

Presented by Virginia Bowen, DPT, COS-C

Heart Failure: Addressing Barriers to Self-Management in Patients

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Video Runtime: 25 Minutes; Learning Assessment: 37 Minutes

Heart failure patients have difficulty managing their disease due to personal barriers, such as lack of knowledge and inadequate support systems. This includes both social support and healthcare inadequacies, such as lack of access to providers and comprehensible materials. The inability to successfully self-manage the disease leads to rehospitalizations, financial burdens, caregiver burnout, and poor quality of life. This course will describe common barriers experienced by heart failure patients and provide cllinicians with assessment techniques and interventions to address patient needs and promote independent self-care.

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Heart Failure: Achieving Success Through Motivational Interviewing

Presented by Virginia Bowen, DPT, COS-C

Heart Failure: Achieving Success Through Motivational Interviewing

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Video Runtime: 28 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

A common technique for providing patient education is the direct approach of telling patients information using an authoritative manner. Research has found that this direct approach for heart failure education may not accomplish independence in self-management for the patient. Research also shows that motivational interviewing (MI) is a superior technique and demonstrates an excellent application value. This course will provide occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants, speech-language pathologists, licensed practice nurses, and registered nurses with assessment and teaching techniques to implement MI for patients with heart failure to improve the patient's ability to self-manage. This course will provide a comparison of conventional teaching techniques to motivational interviewing techniques to illustrate the differences and benefits.

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Heart Failure: Partnering With Patients to Promote Independence

Presented by Virginia Bowen, DPT, COS-C

Heart Failure: Partnering With Patients to Promote Independence

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Video Runtime: 29 Minutes; Learning Assessment: 31 Minutes

Therapists have a significant role in managing heart failure. Patients are provided with important information regarding their disease and how to self-manage, and therapists can assist in guiding patients and reinforcing proper management. Due to the disease process, heart failure patients have a decline in physical activity and functional independence, which is the heart of therapy practice. This course will provide clinicians with interventions to reinforce heart failure teaching. It will also provide therapists with tools to determine the patient's physical baseline, assess patient readiness for physical activity, and provide tenets of an evidence-based treatment program that promotes independence.

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