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10/3/2006 Hospice behind prison walls topic of lecture

McMINNVILLE - A Linfield College nursing professor will share an insider's view of hospice in prison during an upcoming faculty lecture.

Jan Selliken, associate professor of nursing at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, will present "Hospice Behind Prison Walls" on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Tougher sentencing laws, indeterminate sentences, mandatory minimums and more restrictive granting of compassionate release and paroles have resulted in an aging prison population. As a result, a growing number of the inmate population will die behind prison walls, Selliken said. She produced the 16-minute video, funded by a grant from the B.P. Johns Foundation, to illustrate the need for a hospice program in the Oregon prison system.

"Prisoners at the end of life are an underrepresented population in established end of life care programs," said Selliken.

Selliken has been a member of the Linfield faculty since 2000. She holds a bachelor's in nursing from the University of Portland and a doctorate of naturopathic medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is also certified by the End of Life Nursing Consortium. Her academic interests include chronic illness, end of life care, childbearing and integrated medicine.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.