Elaine Olson from Fergus Falls, left, was interviewed by Merrie Kaas, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC in the topic of "Wisdom and Reflections about Aging"
On April 13 many of the schools of nursing that serve the area came together to learn more about nursing care of older adults, to network with other nursing students and faculty, and to engage in an interactive learning activity helping participants understand firsthand the challenges and rewards that can occur in caring for a geriatric patient.
The Students Investing in Nursing's Future - Geriatrics event was held at PioneerCare in Fergus Falls, Minn. and hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing/Minnesota Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Central Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and West Central Initiative. It was supported through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) program, awarded to West Central Initiative.
The long-term goal of the PIN program is to increase the number of registered nurses who are competent in providing nursing care to elderly persons in a variety of institutional and community-based settings in the Central AHEC region of Minnesota. The primary strategy to achieve this goal is to ensure that schools of nursing in the region have an intentional focus on geriatric nursing in their curriculum as well as faculty who have expertise in teaching geriatric nursing. A unique aspect of this strategy is that it will be done in partnership with long term care facilities.
Topics included "Care Provider Self-Care: Compassion Fatigue Management" led by Brad Skogen, Chaplain at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls; "In Their Shoes" a progressive role play led by Vicki Teske, MS, GNP, BC, Assistant Professor, MSU-M; and "Collaborative Care for the Aging Patient" with a panel of healthcare professionals.
The evaluations reported a highlight for many of the attendees was the topic "Wisdom and Reflections about Aging" with Merrie Kaas, DNSc, RN, PMHCNS-BC, interviewing Elaine Olson from Fergus Falls.
If you would like more information on PIN-G, please contact Executive Director Laurissa Stigen, Central Minnesota AHEC, 218-736-1601.