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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

PVAMC-RICSON Staff and Faculty Participate in 4-Day Forum

Photo of Nurses during experiential learning activity

Rita Moriaty, RN; Karen Hetzel, PhD, RN; and Annette Phillips, RN; during 4-day forum at Rhode Island College

Friday, August 19, 2011

 

From July 26 thru August 2, thirty-one Providence VA Medical Center nurses, VA Nursing Academy (VANA) faculty, and Rhode Island College School of Nursing faculty colleagues attended the Gerontology Institute at the Rhode Island College School of Nursing.

The 4-day forum included a variety of guest speakers from the field of gerontology nursing.  Among the presenters at the conference were Laurie Wilson, Coordinator of the Providence VA Medical Center Home-Based Primary Clinic and eight of her interdisciplinary colleagues. In another session, Diane Costa, a nurse practitioner from the RI Veterans Home in Bristol, described their program to provide palliative and end-of-life care to Veterans.

Additionally, the forum included an intensive 2-day National Gerontology Review course taught by nationally-renowned gerontological nurse expert and author, Patricia Tabloski.  The review course will prepare faculty and staff for ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Certification exam in Gerontological Nursing. 

The primary purpose of this event was to discuss comprehensive care of elder Veterans.  Attendees, however, also participated in a mock interdisciplinary care planning meeting for an elder Veteran with complex health issues, considered the signs of elder abuse and the legal implications therein, and discussed palliative and end-of-life care of elder Veterans.  Participants also experienced selected neurosensory, psychomotor, and cognitive deficits that may be associated with aging.  This experiential learning activity was captured on WJAR Channel 10 (NBC) news in a July 27 segment that featured Emily Pohlman, Diane Gerardi, Abayomi Jenyo, Wendy Cain, Kevin Price, Yetunde Shittu, and Anthony Witherstone from the Providence VAMC as well as Anne Carty and Patricia Quigley from the RIC School of Nursing.  You can view this segment by clicking here.

The Providence VAMC, in partnership with the Rhode Island College School of Nursing, is one of 15 sites selected nationally for the creation of a VA Nursing Academy.  This innovative four-year pilot program provides for a collaborative approach to nursing education and patient care while expanding both faculty and clinical resources needed to educate nurses.  This initiative has provided an opportunity for baccalaureate-prepared nurses to join our nursing staff upon graduation and also enhance the professional and scholarly development of our nurses here at the Providence VA Medical Center.

The Gerontology Institute was developed and implemented by Rhode Island College School of Nursing Professor Anne E.S. Carty, DNSc, RN, with the assistance of Tony D’Eramo, RN; Diane Gerardi, RN; Fatima Morel, RN; and Judy Murphy, PhD.

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