2010 Pre-Convention Workshop

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Posters Thursday (Day 1) Friday (Day 2) Saturday (Day 3) Sunday (Day 4)



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Certification Preparation Course (Day 1 of 2)

Deborah M. Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Gerontological Nursing Update: Preparation for Certification and Best Practices


Thursday, October 14, 2010

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Certification Preparation Course (Day 2 of 2)

Deborah M. Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Gerontological Nursing Update: Preparation for Certification and Best Practices

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Education Committee Workshop –
The Exploding Need for Quality Transitional Processes

Dolores Zander, MSN, RN-BC; Carol Enderlin, PhD, RN; Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA; Colleen Steinhauser, MSN, RN-BC; and Sara Campbell, PhD, RN, NEA-BC


  1. Define the issue of transition of care.
  2. Determine the role of the nurse in the process of transitions of care.
  3. Identify points of potential for risk of transitions of care.
  4. Differentiate current Paradigm Models in planning for care transitions.
  5. Examine ways of partnering with older adults and significant others to improve transitions.
  6. Discuss current evidence based practice examples found in the literature.
  7. Discuss how successful transitions of care impacts health care financing.

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, GAPN SIG Workshop –
Delirium Assessment and Treatment Across All Health Care Settings

Martha B. Sparks, PhD, GCNS, BC, FNGNA; Linda Hassler, RN, MS, GCNS-BC; Susan Schumacher, MSN, APRN, BC; Jacqueline Close, RN, MSN, GCNS-BC; Melodee Harris, PhD, APN, GNP-BC; and Donna Boyd, RN, MS, GCNS-BC


  1. Differentiate among delirium, dementia, and depression.
    1. Recognize symptoms of delirium superimposed on dementia.
    2. Identify strategies to prevent delirium.
  2. Demonstrate how to conduct delirium assessments.
  3. Apply multiple strategies to reverse delirium.
  4. Discuss best practice management of delirium in various setting.
  5. Apply knowledge learned by planning care for a case study older adult.

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Fellows Workshop –
Best Practices in Teaching Gerontological Nursing … an interactive workshop about teaching gerontological nursing to students

Robin E. Remsburg, PhD, GCNS, FNGNA, FAAN and Judith E. Hertz, PhD, RN, FNGNA


Is your nursing program preparing your students to treat the exploding numbers of older adults that they care for on a daily basis? If you want to strengthen your students' knowledge, skills, and abilities in caring for older adults, this preconvention workshop will meet your needs! The workshop will focus on providing you with the resources needed to excel in teaching gerontological nursing to students across all types of settings and programs.

In addition to sharing best practice guidelines for teaching gerontological nursing, the presenters will report findings from their own funded projects aimed at finding creative approaches to better meet the learning needs of students. At the same time, topics will accommodate the diverse backgrounds of nursing faculty so they can employ teaching strategies that promote learning related to care of older adults.


  1. Describe the current state of evidence based teaching methodologies in nursing education and how they relate to gerontological nursing education.
  2. Compare and contrast various learning activities in the classroom that influence student attitudes and their care toward the older adult.
  3. Discuss clinical education opportunities and their appropriateness to student learning.
  4. Plan appropriate gerontological nursing education courses

Consider joining us for an afternoon of learning, networking, and sharing. Bring a course syllabus and gero-tize it during the workshop!


Both are Past Presidents of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and both have diverse clinical, educational and research experiences related to care of older adults.

Robin is currently Director at the School of Nursing and Associate Dean in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She is currently funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS) to establish a "GMU Partnership for Education in Geriatrics."

Judi is Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. During the past 8 years she was funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity as a postdoctoral scholar and by the Retirement Research Foundation and Chicago Community Trust to develop computer-based, interactive learning modules on gerontological nursing topics.