For Immediate Release – On Friday, March 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Caroline Center will host a day-long professional workshop for its certified nursing and geriatric nursing assistant candidates on providing compassionate care for patients with dementia.
The workshop, which was created and will be implemented by Caroline Center Nursing Skills Instructor Karen Armacost, MSA, RN and CNA/GNA Program Coordinators Barbara Gough, MSN, RN, and Toni Moore-Duggan, MS, CRNP, will take place at St. Agnes Hospital in the Alagia Auditorium.
The Caroline Center Dementia Workshop is a first for the nonprofit workforce development organization and will provide trainees who are pursuing their certifications at Caroline Center’s Somerset Street and Gibbons Commons campuses an opportunity to learn together and to prepare for their upcoming employer externships prior to graduation. Barbara Gough expressed her excitement in having the workshop, saying, "Our team of educators will be using creative strategies for the workshop - all the while, keeping in mind that our CNA/GNAs are the 'eyes and ears' for the RN, and that they are extremely valuable members of the professional health care team. Our hopes for this workshop are for our CNA/GNA candidates to better understand the important role they play in patient care and to increase their knowledge to better care for the 'Silver Tsunami' that is coming as baby boomers age."
The Caroline Center Dementia Workshop will include presentations, videos, and a panel of caregivers who will cover topics such as: normal aging in the brain; understanding the complex stages between confusion and delirium; the challenges of identifying Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s disease; and compassionate patient care at the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Caroline Center Dementia Workshop is generously sponsored by the National Gerontological Nurses Association, MD/DC and Marjorie Cotterman, director of Inspirations Memory Care of Westminster.
Since 1996, Caroline Center has educated underemployed and unemployed women in Baltimore for careers with potential for advancement. Inspired by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Caroline Center’s holistic approach empowers each woman to reach the fullness of her potential thus creating a future of hope for herself and her family.