2023 Geriatrics Symposium: Care Across the Continuum-VIRTUAL ONLY

Friday, August 25, 2023

9:00 AM to 2:15 PM CST


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Please noteThis event will be recorded for online use.


Value: $180.00 Cost:

  • $54 for general registrants
  • $25 for Joint Provider Agency employees
  • $0 for Methodist Health System employees, MHS retirees, NMC Alumni, and NMC students (do not receive CE).


We welcome all nurses, physicians, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and individuals working with the older adult.


This program will provide current information and evidence-based practice guidelines that will enhance clinical and professional practice related to the care of the older adult. All of the interdisciplinary speakers will provide insights on implementing the 4Ms Framework. Topics will include enhancing knowledge of patient priorities care, pharmacology of cannabinoids, research around physical activity, delirium prevention tools, and much more!


Program Objectives:

  • Discuss integrating Age-Friendly care across the continuum
  • Appreciate fundamental Patient Priorities Care (PPC) as a preferred framework for eliciting and aligning care with the What Matters 'M' of Age-Friendly Care
  • Be comfortable using patients' health priorities as the focus of communication and decision-making about their care
  • Identify the current legal status of medical marijuana and other cannabinoids
  • Describe the clinical pharmacology of cannabinoids
  • Describe recent research on physical activity levels of hospitalized patients
  • Identify Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and how these impact health outcomes

  • Identify possible community-based services to support older adults and their caregivers for patients who are discharging back to the community

  • Identify evidence based practices to prevent and manage delirium


In order to receive continuing education hours for this event, you must meet the following completion requirements:

  • Attendance at the entire activity
  • Completion/submission of evaluation form





8:30am Registration-Log on to Zoom
8:50am Welcome and Announcements
9:00am-10:00am What Matters: Patient Priorities Care Framework - Dr. Angela Catic (1.0 CH)
10:00am-10:10am Break
10:10am-11:10am Mobility: Making Mobility Matter More - Kellie Clapper and Dawn Venema (1.0 CH)
11:10am-11:55am Medication: Weeding Through the Haze: Pharmacology of Cannabinoids - Dr. Elizabeth Stroeh (0.75 CH) (0.75 Pharmacotherapeutic contact hours)
11:55am-12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm Mentation: Delirium 2.0 – Evidenced Based Strategies to Improve Care- Brenda Wolles, Karen Baatz, and Chris Vejnovich (1.0 CH)
1:30pm-2:15pm What Matters: Supporting Informal Caregivers Promotes Better Health Outcomes for Patients - Chris Forcucci (0.75 CH)
2:15pm Adjourn



All content provided here is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for individualized professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Nothing contained herein establishes or shall be used to establish a standard of care.

Continuing Education

Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development awards educational contact hours 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.


Nurses: 4.5 contact hours awarded. Midwest Multistate Division Provider Approval # NE1025-1. Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Pharmacotherapeutic contact hours are awarded for 0.75 of the 4.5 total hours.


Physicians: The Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development is accredited by the Nebraska Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Social Work: This offering meets the continuing education criteria for 4.5 clock hours for Nebraska Social Workers.


Physical Therapy And Physical Therapist Assistants: This offering meets the continuing education criteria for 4.5 clock hours for Nebraska physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.


Occupational Therapy and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants: This offering meets the continuing education criteria for 4.5 clock hours for Nebraska occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants.


Education Credit: 4.5 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.


Relevant Financial Relationships with an Ineligible Company: No relevant financial relationships were identified for planners or presenters.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Nebraska Medical Association (NMA) and the Midwest Multistate Division (MSD) through the joint providership of Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development, Sanford USD Medical Center, Hillcrest Health Services, and Immanuel Communities. Nebraska Methodist College Professional Development is accredited by the NMA and Midwest MSD to provide continuing medical education for physicians and nurses.





What Matters Sessions:

Angela Catic, MD, MEd, Associate Chief of Staff for Education, Michael E. DeBakey VAMC, Associate Professor, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Program Director, Southeast Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program

Chris Forcucci, RN, Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana

Mentation Session:

Chris Vejnovich, DNP, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, CDP, CADDCT, PCCN-K, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nebraska Methodist Hospital

Brenda Wolles, MS, RN, OCN, CNL, Sanford Medical Center

Karen Baatz, APRN, ACNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sanford Medical Center

Mobility Session:

Kellie Clapper, OTR/L, Inpatient Rehab Services Manager, Physical and Occupational Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dawn Venema, PT, PhD, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Medication Session:

Elizabeth Stroeh, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, Patient Care Pharmacist, Sanford Health


Course Materials

Handouts will be here once received from the presenter. We highly recommend you save &/or print the handouts for your use at the program.

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