Integrative Care:
TB Nursing as a Clinical Specialty 
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 *  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time
The integrated knowledge, skills, and expertise of tuberculosis (TB) nurse case managers (NCMs) is essential to successfully treating patients for TB. TB nurses apply clinical acumen to promptly assess patients for TB and to manage treatment safely to completion, especially in patients who have other medical conditions such as diabetes or liver disease. In addition, TB nurses address clinical, cultural, socio-economic, and other patient needs in an integrated way, using a wholistic approach to patient care. This approach supports each patient through oftentimes long treatment by addressing issues such as cultural perspectives on disease and socio-economic barriers to health care.

What skills and knowledge are needed for this TB nursing approach? This session, organized by nurse leaders within NTCA’s National TB Nurse Coalition (NTNC) section, will provide answers by synthesizing the fundamentals of nursing leadership, clinical knowledge, and critical thinking required for TB prevention and care.
This session will explore answers to these questions:
  • What are the TB NCM core competencies and how do these competencies apply to TB nurse case management?
  • What education and clinical expertise are required to develop as a TB nurse and provide a foundation of knowledge for TB nurse case management?
  • How should nursing expertise and skills be integrated when caring for patients and their contacts?
About the Faculty

Ann Scarpita,
Ann Scarpita has been with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Tuberculosis Program, serving as the state's nurse consultant since 2015. She has over 14 years of experience in public health and infectious disease. Ann has experience working in various settings from acute care, long-term care, home health, hospice, correctional healthcare, and both local and state public health. 
Ann is a master's educated healthcare administration professional with extensive experience providing the leadership and direction needed to drive the achievement of organizational health-care-related goals and objectives. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ann is currently working towards her Master of Science in Nursing, focusing on Executive Leadership from Walden University. Ann serves as a warmline subject matter expert and faculty for the Curry International TB Center and numerous NTCA committees and projects.  
Maureen Murphy-Weiss, BSN, RN, CPM
Maureen Murphy-Weiss earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Kettering Collage of Medical Arts in 1994 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Capital University in 2006. She started her public health career in Dayton, Ohio, in 1997, where she worked as a TB nurse case manager. In 2003, she accepted a position at the Ohio Department of Health. During her tenure at the state health office, she managed several initiatives and infectious disease programs and served as the state Tuberculosis Controller. She joined the Ben Franklin TB Program at Columbus Public Health in late 2016. Maureen is the current President of the National TB Nurse Coalition.

Lana Kay Dov,
Lana Kay Dov has been a Tuberculosis Nurse Consultant for the State of Washington for the past 6 years. In this position, she continues to provide clinical case management support of all cases of tuberculosis in Washington state and has worked toward health equity through the coordination of TB Project ECHO. Additionally, she led the beginning development of a national TB Nurse Certificate program since 2016, which now includes the revision of our NTNC Nurse Case Management Core Competencies, and was awarded the National TB Controller Association, President’s Award in 2019 for this program’s successful progress. The successes of these national TB Nurse case management efforts would not be possible without the efforts and expertise of many attending today. 

Pat Iyer,
Pat Iyer received her ADN from Northern Essex Community College, BSN from Regis College, and MSN from Framingham State University. She holds national certification in community and public health nursing through the American Nursing Credential Center. She earned a graduate certificate from Northeastern University in Vaccine Technology and also completed a Leadership Fellowship with the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Leadership Institute in 2006. 
Pat served as local public health nurse for ten years before joining the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health in June 2010 as the Director of Disease Intervention and Case Management. She has been a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (MACET) for over 15 years. Pat served on the National TB Nurse Coalition Executive Board for eight years.

Nadya Sabuwala,
Nadya Sabuwala is a Nurse Consultant with the Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program at the Minnesota Department of Health since 2008. She received a Master of Science in Public Health Nursing and a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota and has worked in public health for over twenty years. She began her career as a public health nurse and later practiced as an infection control nurse in Mumbai, India where tuberculosis case management was a major part of her role. She has continued to work in tuberculosis management and prevention in various roles and settings such as the hospital, community health, university student health, and international health. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, long walks, spending time with her cat Momo and trying to train Momo to walk with her. He loves his harness, dislikes walking, and prefers to chase geese, climb trees, and hide in bushes!
NTNC Annual Meeting
Interested in learning more about the NTNC, its current activities, and the professional development and networking opportunities available in this NTCA section? Consider registering for the 2021 NTNC Annual Meeting, held virtually on Friday, June 18, at 11:00 AM ET. Registration is required, but there is no fee associated with participation in this meeting and networking opportunity.
2021 National TB Conference
Explore cutting-edge TB clinical and programmatic content and get a jump start on caring for your patients with TB. 
NTCA is partnering with the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and Eastern New Mexico University to provide continuing education credits for the Virtual 2021 NTC. If you cannot attend a session on its original broadcast date, you still can earn credit by watching its video recording at a later date. Video recordings of the session will be available for enduring credits for up to a year.
Earn two AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ per educational session or 22 total credits for the whole conference. Earn two nursing continuing education hours per educational session or 22 total hours for the whole conference.
Participant Registration
It's not too late to register!

The registration fees for the Virtual 2021 NTC are listed below. This year, we've added a discounted fee for our retired colleagues and for students in any health-related program.
  • NTCA Member - $150.00
  • NTCA Non-Member - $250.00
  • Retirees or Students - $75.00
Conference registration fees can be paid by credit card, check, or ACH deposit.
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