Baylor University's Nursing School Event Will Focus on Care for Older Population

Sept. 2, 2010

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A symposium for registered nurses who care for a growing population of older adults will be hosted by Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

"Nurses play a vital role in the care, education, and support of the older population in many settings. With the aging of America, there is a tremendous need for nurses to have the best practice and up-to-date knowledge of the complexities of the older adult," said Dr. Jane Nunnelee, R.N., a geriatric nurse practitioner and senior lecturer in nursing at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas.

"The focus of this intensive symposium is designed for the practicing registered nurse to promote current, evidenced-based nursing care for older adults," Nunnelee said.

Attendance is limited to 50 practicing registered nurses. Cost is $145 (nonrefundable).

Nurses who complete the symposium at the nursing school will earn 20 continuing nursing education credit hours.

At the completion of this symposium, the participant should be able to:

• Describe characteristics of current older adults in the United States, including common health issues

• Discuss best practices in nursing care for older adults based on evidence-based care, including strategies for implementation


Sept. 30, 2010

8-9 a.m.: Demographics: A profile of Today's Older American, led by Dr. Jim Ellor, professor of social work at Baylor University's School of Social Work.

9-10 a.m.: The Ups and Downs of Falls and Mobility Issues, led by Jan Ellor, registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner in Waco.

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Labels: Do they fit? Dementias, Delirium and Behavior Issues, led by Dr. Jane Nunnelee, R.N., geriatric nurse practitioner, and Pam Kovacs, owner/executive director of Friends Place, an adult day service program in Richardson.

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Sensitizing to Age-related Changes with the Senses, led by Dr. Jane Nunnelee.

3:45-5:45 p.m.: Ouch! Acute and Chronic Pain, led by Katherine Collinsworth, registered nurse, pain specialist, and educator at Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

Oct. 1

8-10:00 a.m.: Aging is Normal: Physiological Changes, led by Donna Hamby, R.N., MSN, ACNP-BC in long-term care in Dallas

10:15-12:15 p.m.: Don't Treat Before You Assess: Comprehensive Assessments and Tools, led by Kellie Kahveci, R.N., MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC in Dallas.

1:15-3:15 p.m.: Better Living through Chemistry: Pharmacological Issues, led by pharmacist Dr. Amie Blaszczyk of Texas Tech University, Pharm.D., CGP, BCPS, FASCP.

3:30-5:30 p.m.: You Don't Look Sick: Atypical Presentation of Diseases, led by Dr. Deborah McKay, M.D., a Dallas geriatrician.

Oct. 2

8-9:30 a.m.: When Vulnerability results in Abuse, Neglect, and Fraud, led by Dr. Rosemary Redmond of Ennis, attorney specializing in elder law.

9:30-10:30 a.m.: The Whys of Nutrition, Hydration, Electrolytes, led by Dr. Suzy Weems, registered dietician and professor and chair of family and consumer sciences at Baylor University.

10:45 AM-12:15 p.m.: Code Yellow: Urinary Issues, led by Dr. Muriel Boreham, who specializes in urogynecology at Baylor Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

Louise Herrington School of Nursing is at 3700 Worth St. in Dallas.

To learn more about the symposium call (214) 830-3361

Registration deadline is Sept. 24.

Contact: Terry Goodrich, Assistant Director of Media Communications, (254) 710-3321

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