SPOKANE, Wash. — National nursing scholar and John P. McGovern Professor Dr. Marianne T. Marcus will be the featured speaker at the 2003 Cleveland Visiting Scholar events hosted by the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing on Oct.2 in Spokane.

Marcus will lead two separate presentations designed to engage students, faculty, health care professionals and the general public on the subject of substance abuse disorders. The event is intended to offer national perspective and expertise on issues related to nursing education, practice and professional development.

Substance use disorders, models for community-based prevention of disorders, strategies for forming community coalitions to engage in prevention activities and the role of nurses in identifying, referring and treating clients with substance use disorders will be integral components of the two presentations.

Marcus, currently a professor, chair and assistant dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, has been successfully applying strategies for the prevention of substance use disorders for more than 25 years.

She will speak to students, faculty and health care professionals on “The Substance Abuse Epidemic: Nurses are Part of the Solution,” from 1-2:30 p.m. and “Prevention and Substance Abuse: Mobilizing Community Resources,” from 5:30-7 p.m. Both presentations will be at the College of Nursing campus located at 2917 W. Fort George Wright Drive. The latter presentation is open to the public. A reception will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the campus.

“As professionals, we can overcome some of the barriers to getting adequate care for these patients and really bring the issues into mainstream care. The evening presentation will have a particular emphasis on community-based prevention and strategies for addressing this major public health problem in various sectors of society,” said Marcus.

Northwest TeleHealth will broadcast the presentations to several health care and hospital sites throughout the state. The presentations will also be broadcast via streaming video technology with minimum system requirements (http://experience.wsu.edu/articles/guidelines.asp for information) and via WHETS to sites throughout the state including Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Walla Walla and Yakima.

This is the sixth year for the annual Cleveland Visiting Scholar program, which began in 1998 to honor Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing Dean Emeritus Dr. Thelma Cleveland. The Cleveland Visiting Scholar event is sponsored by the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing and is made possible through the gifts and financial contributions of a network of community and individual donors committed to quality health care and higher education including. These include the Bayer Foundation, Eastern Washington University, Empire Health Services, Group Health Northwest, Holy Family Hospital, McFarland & Alton, P.S., Sacred Heart Medical Center, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute and Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chi Chapter.

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The College of Nursing offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University and Whitworth College. Each year, the college educates more than 600 graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and prepares more entry-level nurses than any other educational institution in the state. For more information about the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing, visit the college Web site at www.nursing.wsu.edu.