2012 Pre-Convention Sessions

Gerontological Nursing Certification Preparation Course
Wednesday, October 3 – Thursday, October 4, 2012 (includes coffee breaks)

Faculty: Deborah M. Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

Caring for the older adult takes compassionate nurses who have in-depth clinical skills and knowledge in gerontological nursing. It is imperative for nurses to have competencies related to planning, managing and evaluating the health care needs of this growing and complex population. Nurses work with individuals who range from the active older adult in the community to the frail older adult in acute and long–term care settings. The primary challenge for the nurse is to identify and use the strengths of this population to assist these individuals in maximizing their independence and function. This 2-day symposium provides best-practices in gerontological nursing and strategies on preparing for the certification exam, test taking and studying. Mock exams, review of common geriatric health issues and resources for further study are included.

  • This two-day pre-conference will focus on selected geriatric health issues and provides registered nurses with classroom instruction and advanced practice Gerontological nursing expertise to prepare them to study for and take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) generalist Gerontological Nurse Certification exam.
  • Strategies to enhance test-taking skills will be emphasized. A mock ANCC exam will be provided for ongoing study.

Pharmacologic Management of Common Conditions in Older Adults
Thursday, October 4 - 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (includes coffee breaks & lunch)

This session will include information about use of over the counter medications for older adults. Medications for pain and symptom management in older adults with chronic conditions will also be discussed. There will be an update on medical management of COPD, Diabetes and dementia. Learn about aspirin, plavix, warfarin and pradaxa.

Transitional Care: How Do We Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Older Adults and their Families?
Thursday, October 4 – 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

(Education and Evidence-Based Practice Committee)
This pre-convention workshop will help the participant to understand the key principles and assessments necessary to successfully transition an older adult through acute care setting and back to the community using a case study format.

Caring Across the Continuum: Best Practices in Geropalliative Care
Thursday, October 4 – 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Palliative care nursing has grown tremendously over the past 25 years since its birth as a specialty. Understanding the differences between hospice and palliative care, the role of the interdisciplinary team, effective strategies for symptom management, developing a palliative care program, and the importance of including family throughout the care continuum, is critical information for nurses working with older persons.