Gero Council Meeting & CE

Gero Council: Hot Topics in Caring for the Older Adult “  

November 2, 2022

10:00am – 1:30pm

Via Zoom



1st Annual Hot Topics in Caring for the Older Adult        



  • This half-day workshop will feature a series of five (5) short, interactive sessions on various hot topics in the care of older adults offered in a “speed dating” format. Gerontologic subject matter experts will present content for 15-20 minutes followed by a 10-15-minute moderated discussion for a total of 30 minutes per session. Each session is followed by a 10-minute break.
  • Participants will be encouraged to interact with the speaker to pose questions, exchange ideas, share experiences related to the topic, and identify resources.
  • This innovative workshop format is a great way to learn new information, stimulate thinking, and experience different perspectives.



Time Session Title Speaker Description
10:00am Welcome/ Introductions Gero Council  
10:10 - 10:40am Hot Topics in Dementia Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, Bunn Consulting, NC

Identify strategies to optimize quality of life of older adults living with dementia during the reign of COVID.

10:40 - 10:50am BREAK


10:50 - 11:20am Prevention of Multidrug Resistant Organisms in the Geriatric Population

Ashley Jackson, BSMT, MPH, CIC

Clinical Infection Prevention Consultant with NC SPICE

Describe the current landscape and prevention strategies for Multidrug Resistant Organisms (MDROs) specific to the geriatric population
11:20 - 11:30am BREAK    
11:30am - 12:00pm

Effect of Implementing a Rapid Response Team (RRT) on a Skilled Nursing Facility’s Hospital Readmission Measure

Ram Rengel, DNP, MHA, MBA, RN, BSCS

Regional Director of Clinical Services, Clear Choice Health Care

Determine how implementing an RRT in a SNF setting can affect the hospital readmission measure in a time when SNF are admitting higher acuity patients and the recent Medicare reimbursement changes.

12:00 - 12:10pm BREAK    
12:10 - 12:40pm

Increasing Awareness of Health Disparities & Outcomes in End-of-Life Care

Hilary Mendel, MSN, RN

Nursing Instructor, Campbell University

Identify at least two reasons why minority patients receive lower-quality end-of-life care.

12:40 - 12:50pm BREAK    
12:50 - 1:20pm Medications Considerations for Older Adults. Lesser is Often Better

Autumn Henson, DNP, GNP-BC

UNCG/Physicians Eldercare

Identify strategies to evaluate and educate older adult patients and caregivers of medications and supplements considerations to reduce inappropriate long-term use.

1:20 - 1:30pm Wrap Up Gero Council  



Free for NCNA Members/Student Subscribers.

Non-member registration rate: $62.50  

The North Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.