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2019 ELNEC Conference

Presented by Visiting Nurse Association

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Presented by Visiting Nurse Association

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Friday, February 15, 2019, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Registration: 7:30 a.m.

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

Cost: $125 (includes breakfast and lunch both days)

Questions: Please contact Katie Pile at 402.917.5970 or kpile@vnatoday.org

Contact Hours:

  • 13.5 Nursing and Social Work Contact Hours
  • 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

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Speakers for Thursday, February 14, 2019

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.

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.

Communication

Emphasizes the importance and complexities of communicating with families during end-of-life care.

Presenter:  Tami Richmeier, RN, BSN, CHPN

Tami received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Cedarville University in 1996.  She started in hospice care in 2003 in New Jersey. Tami traveled as a hospice nurse from 2004-2006, working for several hospice agencies in California.  She took a five year hiatus from hospice in 2006 to work at the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, as a geriatric case manager.  Upon returning to hospice, she has held positions as an on-call nurse, case manager, admissions nurse, hospital liaison, staff development nurse, compliance coordinator, and quality assurance nurse.  Tami is certified as a hospice and palliative care nurse, currently working at VNA Hospice and Palliative Care in Quality Assurance.

Speakers for Friday, February 15, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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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