2011 Conference Events, Friday

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Friday, October 14, 2011

7:00 AM-7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM-5:30 PM


7:30 AM-8:30 AM

General Session I 
Susan Prevost, RN, PhD, COI – Sigma Theta Tau

8:45 AM-9:45 AM

General Session II
Karen Robinson, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN – Outcomes of Caregivers

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Lifestyle Exhibits, Poster Viewing & Vendor Exhibits
(posters and exhibits open 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM)

10:15 AM–11:15 AM


Let’s Talk About Sex and The Older Woman

Gerti Heider, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC
When discussing sexuality women have difficulties because they were often raised not to openly discuss sex; generally taught in negative terms; fear of embarrassing the practitioner. Nurses have difficulties because they feel they lack the training; are uncomfortable with the topic and are afraid of offending the patient, and there are time constraints. Taking a sexual history can open the dialogue on sexuality and sexual health and doesn’t have to take a long time. These questions convey the nurse’s willingness to talk about sexual concerns.

Communication Tune Up: The Elderspeak Challenge
Kristine Williams, RN, PhD, FNP-BC, FGSA
Sample training materials will be shared from the 3-hour CHAT program that teaches nursing home staff to reduce elderspeak and improve emotional tone through person-centered communication. Participants will be able to identify and practice a few key strategies to improve their own communication by avoiding and monitoring their communication for elderspeak in their own practice.

Planning for Care: Two Generations Aging
Jean Sherman, EdD, RN
This study sought to determine the impact of an educational intervention on a particular group of older parent caregivers of adults with lifelong disabilities by examining changes in attitudes and behaviors towards future-care planning. The data together make a compelling argument for using facilitated psychoeducational groups with older parent caregivers to inform and support them in the task of making future-care plans for the adult children with disabilities.

11:30 AM–12:30 PM


Geriatric Education and Clinical Experiences for Nursing Students: A Wellness Perspective

Carol Amann, MSN, RN-BC
This presentation will allow for organizations that have student learners, as well as existing faculty and staff development personal to utilize various teaching learning principles and assignments geared to care of older adults with a wellness perspective. The geriatric theory and clinical components of the course are a mandatory class required for all nursing students in the junior year of their nursing education. Students historically enter the course as unwilling participants with negative connotations and stereotypes of our senior population. Through various learning and clinical experiences upon completion of this semester long course post evaluations have shown improved beliefs of our elderly population, respect and caring for elders as well as removal of the myths and stereotypes of ageism.

Caregivers: Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia
Lucille Taylor-Smith, BSN, MSN, RN
The purpose of this presentation is to enlighten healthcare providers of an emerging healthcare issue. The increasing population of individuals with Dementia and AD in the United States has caused significant financial burden on an unstable and ill prepared health care system. Experts estimate there may be as many as 5.1 million Americans who have either Dementia or AD in the United States alone. AD is the most common cause of dementia; as symptom first appears after age 60. The United States Census Bureau anticipates the population of individuals 65 and older will double to about 72 million in the next 20 years.

Detection, Early Management, and Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults
Riesa Gusewelle, MNSc, RN, APRN, GNP-BC
Urinary tract infections(UTIs) are the most common infectious disease among older adults. They are costly financially,time, energy and in the efforts of the providers,caregivers and the patients. UTIs cause significant morbidity in older adults in both the community and institutions. The objectives are for all staff in the community and institutional facilities to be able to: Identify early warning signs of UTIs in older adults;describe actions to take for early management of UTIs in older adults;and to be able to list factors that prevent or minimize UTIs in older adult.

12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Lunch with Exhibitors and Posters

12:30 PM–1:30 PM

NGNA Fellows Luncheon

12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Long Term Care Special Interest Group Luncheon

2:00 PM–3:00 PM

Consumer Session

3:15 PM–4:15 PM

Annual Membership Meeting

4:30 PM–5:30 PM

Go Granny Go! Injury in the Geritol Generation

Laura Criddle, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Motor vehicle collisions, assaults, falls, and gunshot wounds are common geriatric injury mechanisms. Trauma is the 7th leading cause of death in this age group and seniors constitute the fastest growing trauma patient demographic. However, outcomes following even minor injury tend to be poor in those over age 65. Geriatric trauma patient mortality is 2-6 times that of younger adults with equivalent wounds. This session focuses on mechanisms of trauma, common injuries sustained, patterns of survival, the impact of trauma on geriatric longevity, and senior-specific injury prevention strategies.

Senior Care Coordination: Geriatric Nursing in an HMO Primary Care Clinic
Mary Jane Carroll, BSN, RN-BC, ONC
The Senior Care Coordinator is a registered nurse with geriatric expertise located within a primary care clinic to assist physicians in the care of their elderly patients. The Senior Care Coordinator has expertise in geriatric assessment to meet the needs of frail seniors with complex medical and psychosocial concerns. The documented outcomes for a gerontological nurse in the primary care clinic are reduced hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations.

Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action: How the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing  
Casey Shillam, PhD, RN-BC
Understanding the specific recommendations of the IOM report on the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is the responsibility of all nurses in all care settings, particularly nurses caring for the older adult population. Armed with a clear understanding of how this report affects the healthcare of older adults will aid in strategically positioning nurses in key roles for influencing the ever-changing face of our healthcare system and ensuring the vulnerable population of older adults has a loud voice at the bargaining table.

5:30 PM–7:00 PM

Student Session