NICHE-AgeWISE Collaborative Focus on Transitions: Best Practices in Gerontological and Geropalliative Care

  • Date: August 15, 2014
  • Time: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Location: Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St, Omaha, NE 68106

Target Audience

Target Audience

Nurses, Social Workers, LMHP's, Care Managers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and other healthcare professionals with an interest in the care of the older adult. 



Value: $290

Cost: $87 with promo code 70PD

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Course Description

Course Description

Purpose Statement: This program will provide best-practices in the care of older adults across the continuum of care.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss current evidence based practices related to fall risk reduction.
  • Explore the impact of advanced practice nurses in managing transitions of care for older adults.
  • Identify new knowledge in perioperative care of older adults.
  • Examine ways to effectively implement the AGS Beer's Criteria For Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults.
  • Discuss assessment and intervention strategies in fall risk reduction.
  • Review the impact of family care giving as well as community support resources.
  • Explore geropalliative care outcomes in patient care.
  • Compare and contrast the various options for treating alcohol withdrawals.



7:30 - 8:00am Registration
8:00 - 8:10am Welcome/Introduction/Announcements
8:10 - 9:10am Fall Risk Reduction: State of the Art
Patricia Quigley, PhD, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP
9:10 - 9:55am Tempering Transitions: The APRN Role with Skilled and Long Term Care Transfers   
  Brenda Bergman-Evans, PhD, APRN-NP, APRN-CNS
9:55 - 10:15am Break
10:15-11:00am New Clinical Guidelines for Perioperative Care and Geriatric Assessment
JoAnn Coleman, DNP, ANP, ACNP, AOCN, GCN
11:00-11:45am Practical Use of the Beers Criteria 2013
  Linda Sobeski, PharmD, BCPS 
11:45-12:00pm Get Lunch
12:00-12:45pm Lunch Presentation
  Fall Risk Reduction: Focusing on Injury Assessment and Interventions
  Patricia Quigley, PhD, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP
12:45-1:00pm Break
 1:00-2:30pm Family Care Giving and Community Resources Panel
  Karen Schumacher, RN, PhD
  Panel: Jerome Barry, LMHP, CPC, LADC, Debra Welk, BSN, RN-BC, Karla Lubben MS, RN, CFCN, GCNS-BC,  & Joyce Harms, MSN, RN
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-3:30pm Geropalliative Care Outcomes
Arielle Clark BSN, RN, PCCN, AgeWISE RN & Sandra Reinesch, RN, OCN, AgeWISE RN 
3:30- 4:15pm Alcohol/Substance Abuse and Treating Associated Delirium
S. Pirzada Sattar, MD
4:15- 4:30pm Summary/Questions and Answers
4:30pm Adjournment



Patricia Quigley, PhD, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP is an Associate Director, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, and both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation.  As Associate Chief of Nursing for Research, she is also a funded researcher with the Research Center of Excellence:  Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes, jointly funding by HSR&D and RR&D.   Her contributions to patient safety, nursing and rehabilitation are evident at a national level - with emphasis on clinical practice innovations designed to promote elders' independence and safety.  She is nationally known for her program of research in patient safety, particularly in fall prevention.

JoAnn Coleman, DNP, ANP, ACNP, AOCN, GCN  is the Clinical Program Coordinator of the Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery. She has worked the majority of her professional career caring for surgical patients, from preoperative assessment through postoperative follow-up at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.    

Brenda Bergman-Evans, PhD, APRN-NP, APRN-CNS is the Chief Nurse of the Executive Advance Practice and Project Director of the Enhanced Care and Coordination Project at Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha, NE.

Linda Sobeski, PharmD, BCPS is an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  Dr. Sobeski's scholarship focus is in area of inappropriate medication use in the elderly and clinical geriatric education. She is currently collaborating with the UNMC Geriatrics Section on a Reynolds Foundation grant to improve physician training in interprofessional care.

Karen Schumacher, RN, PhD is an Associate Professor of Philosophy of Nursing Science and Qualitative Research Methods in the the PhD program at the UNMC College of Nursing. Her research areas include family caregiving during cancer treatment and cancer pain management by patients and family caregivers.

Jerome Barry, LMHP, CPC, LADC is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor. He is the Director of the Independence Center at Bryan LGH Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Independence Center is the substance use/addictions services arm of the hospital.

Debra Welk, BSN, RN-BC is the Vice President of Health Care Services at Immanuel Communities in Omaha, NE.

Karla Lubben MS, RN, CFCN, GCNS-BC is a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Faith Community Nurse at Sanford Health and is the Community Nurse Manager of Faith Community Nursing Center and Geriatric Foot Clinics.

Joyce Harms, MSN, RN is a Consultant and Care Manager for Nebraska Nursing Consultants.

S. Pirzada Sattar, MD is the Medical Director of Inroads to Recovery, a full service program, from 30-day residential  program to outpatient treatment, for the treatment of both psychiatric disorders and addictions related disorders. He is also the medical director for the psychiatric services at Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

Arielle Clark BSN, RN, PCCN, AgeWISE RN is the RN Coordinator for the Progressive Care Unit at Methodist Hospital.

Sandra Reinesch, RN, OCN, AgeWISE RN is a RN and palliative care team member for Sanford USD Medical Center.

AgeWISE Nurses have gone through a multi-generational nurse residency program in geropalliative care called AgeWISE. The program, which focuses on care to frail older adults who are nearing the last 2 - 5 years of life, pairs junior nurses with more experienced nurse colleagues who serve as preceptors.  Together, the paired nurses engage in classroom learning and clinical practice to learn current evidence-based geriatric and palliative care nursing knowledge and then integrate that knowledge into their practice setting.


Credit Information

Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development awards educational credit to the disciplines listed below. Each professional is accountable to understand their accrediting/licensing body's standards and requirements. The definitive source of information on continuing education requirements is your state or national regulatory board.

In order to obtain contact hours or CEUs for a continuing education event, participants are required to attend the entire event and return a completed evaluation form.

7.25 contact hours awarded.  Code #NE13-16C07
Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Nebraska Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  
This includes 2.5 pharmacology hours for APRNs.

Social Work
This offering meets the continuing education criteria for 7.25 clock hours for Nebraska and Iowa Social Workers.

Mental Health Practitioners
This offering meets the continuing education criteria for 7.25 clock hours for Nebraska licensed mental health practitioners and Iowa Behavioral Sciences practitioners.

Physical Therapy
This offering meets the continuing education criteria for 7.25 clock hours for Nebraska and Iowa physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Occupational Therapy
This offering meets the continuing education criteria for 7.25 clock hours for Nebraska and Iowa occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants.

Medical Assistants
This program is approved by American Association of Medical Assistants for 7.0 G Continuing Education Units.

Education Credit
7.25 Education hours.  Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development assigns education hours based on 60 minutes of classroom instruction for each offering.  Participants may use these for their professional continuing education hours and toward re-licensure if so approved within the standards and guidelines of their discipline.

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