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2020 ELNEC Conference

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium

Presented by Visiting Nurse Association

A comprehensive, national education program to improve end-of-life care.

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Presented by Visiting Nurse Association

When: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. & Friday, February 21, 2020, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: VNA Headquarters, 12565 West Center Road, Omaha, NE 68144

Cost: $150 (includes breakfast and lunch both days)

Questions: Please contact Katie Pile at (402) 917-5970 or kpile@vnatoday.org

Contact Hours:

  • 13.25 Contact Hours Awarded
  • Attendees must attend both full days to receive contact hours
  • Continuing Education Contact Hours awarded by Iowa Western Community College, Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #6

Speakers for Thursday, February 20, 2020

Palliative Nursing Care

Overview of the need to improve palliative care and the role of the nurse as a member of an interdisciplinary team in providing quality care.

Presenter: Dr. Todd Sauer, M.D.

Todd M. Sauer, M.D. graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine in 1999.  He completed a Family Medicine residency through the Lincoln Medical Education Foundation in Lincoln, NE.  He practiced Family Medicine in Omaha, NE for three years before completing a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care.  He serves as the Medical Director for VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, Fremont Health Hospice and Hospice of Southwest Iowa.  He serves patients through the Nebraska Methodist Health System, Nebraska Medicine and Methodist Fremont Health.

Loss, Grief and Bereavement

Addresses the challenging aspects of grief, loss and bereavement of patients and families as well as the loss experiences of healthcare professionals.

Presenter: Jayne Gundrum, MEd LMHP 

Jayne graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development & the Family.  She received her Masters of Education in Counseling, Guidance and Personnel Services from South Dakota State University, Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD, and is a licensed Mental Health Practitioner.  For the last 12 years, Jayne has served as the bereavement counselor for VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care Team. Jane provides emotional support and grief education to family members following the death of a loved one.

An Introduction to Medical Decision Making

Introduces the principles that support ethical decision making, including surrogate decision making.

Presenter: Jacob Dahlke, MSB 

Jacob is a graduate of the Bioethics Program at Union Graduate College, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. His extensive experience in the ethics field includes The Vermont Ethics Network, University of Vermont Medical Center, University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities, and Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics. Jacob’s primary interests in bioethics include advance care planning, LGBT and feminist ethics, and organizational ethics. Jacob is Director, Office of Healthcare Ethics at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE.

Pain Management

Reviews basic principles of pain assessment and management with a focus on pain at the end of life.

Presenter:  Amanda Matthew, RN, CHPN

 Amanda Matthew, RN, has been a nurse since 2003. She has worked extensively with geriatric and dementia patients through nursing homes and as Health Services Director at an Alzheimer’s specific facility.  Amanda has worked in hospice for the past five years and is certified in hospice and palliative care. Amanda attended her first ELNEC courses in 2008 and in 2016, she became an ELNEC trainer.  Amanda is a highly sought after speaker, working with the community and healthcare professionals to improve end of life care education.  She is currently the clinical manager for VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care Team.

Communication

This module emphasizes the importance of good communication in end-of-life care. The complexities of communicating with patients and families at this critical time are described along with suggestions for care.

Co-Presenter: Cami Cain, RN, BSN, CHPN:

Cami received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA in 2010. She worked in the hospital setting in Kearney, NE on an Oncology/Med surg floor her first 3 years as a new nurse, becoming certified in Chemotherapy and Bio-therapy Administration. It was in that setting she discovered her passion for having “goals of care” discussions, and caring for those at the end of their life, and for their families. She became a Hospice RN Case Manager with VNA in 2013, where she case managed patients in the home, assisted living, and long term care setting. Cami became a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse in 2016. Cami transitioned to the position as a Hospice Liaison with VNA in 2017, working primarily with patients and families at NE Med Center, Children’s Hospital, and Bergan/Creighton Hospital. She is passionate about helping patients and families discover what their goals for living and for dying are, and helping educate others about the Hospice benefit.

Co-Presenter Melissa Moser, MSW, LCSW:

Melissa is a social worker for VNA Hospice and Palliative Care. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work as well as a Certificate in Gerontology from the Grace Abbott School of Social Work, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is both a licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. She has worked for the VNA for almost 7 years, and prior to that was the Director of Social Services and Admissions at Brookestone Village. She completed her social work practicum at CHI Hospice, and also served as a temporary social worker at St. Joseph Villa Hospice. Melissa enjoys supervising new social workers in practicum placements, as well as while they are provisionally licensed.

Speakers for Friday, February 21, 2020

Culture and Spiritual Considerations

Reviews dimension of culture, which influences care in advance disease.  Assessment of culture is emphasized as essential to adequate communication and in providing culturally sensitive care.

Presenter: David Kersting, B.A. 

Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Pastoral Studies. Dave has been a licensed minister since 1978 and was ordained in 1988. His Clinical Pastoral Education was completed at Metropolitan Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, and he also studied psychology at Colorado Mental Health Institute in Denver, CO. Dave has served in pastoral ministry at churches in Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska. His experience includes serving as a hospice chaplain for twelve years, working with Methodist Hospice in Omaha and St. Elizabeth CHI in Lincoln.  Dave is currently a Chaplain for VNA Hospice and Palliative Care.

Symptom Management

Addresses symptoms common in advanced disease and the role of the nurse in managing these symptoms.

Presenter: Dr. Erin Dahlke, D.O.

Erin Dahlke, D.O. is a graduate of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO.  She completed a family medicine residency at Clarkson Family Medicine at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE. Dr. Dahlke attended a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE. She is an Assistant Medical Director for VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, Methodist Fremont Health Hospice and on the inpatient and outpatient Palliative Medicine service at Methodist Fremont Health Hospital, in Fremont, NE.

Ethical Issues in Palliative Care Nursing

Discusses some of the ethic and legal concerns in end-of-life/palliative care and resources to address these in practice.

Presenter:  Dr. Howard Edwards, M.D., M.A.

Howard Edwards, M.D. graduated from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in 2008. He completed his hospice and palliative care fellowship at Wright State University in Dayton, OH.  He also completed a Masters in bio-ethics at Case Western Reserve University, through the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Edwards is the Medical Director of the Palliative Care Team for Methodist Health System and Associate Medical Director for VNA Hospice and Palliative Care.

Final Hours

Focuses on care at the actual time of death, emphasizing the preparation necessary to insure the best care at this critical event in the trajectory of illness.

Presenter: Amanda Matthew, RN, CHPN

Amanda Matthew, RN, has been a nurse since 2003. She has worked extensively with geriatric and dementia patients through nursing homes and as Health Services Director at an Alzheimer’s specific facility.  Amanda has worked in hospice for the past five years and is certified in hospice and palliative care. Amanda attended her first ELNEC courses in 2008 and in 2016, she became an ELNEC trainer.  Amanda is a highly sought after speaker, working with the community and healthcare professionals to improve end of life care education.  She is currently the clinical manager for VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care Team.

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