Together Towards Tomorrow - A wisconsin Statewide Collaborative - Helen Daniels Bader Fund

We invite you to the third annual
statewide geriatric nursing education conference

Together Towards Tomorrow

May 29 and 30, 2018
The Abbey Resort
Lake Geneva, Wis.

The conference and broader statewide collaborative among Wisconsin Schools of Nursing have been made possible by a generous grant from the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, with the goal of addressing educational issues related to aging and dementia among Wisconsin Schools of Nursing.

Preparing future nurses to care for older adults is a growing priority. Mirroring national trends, the number of Wisconsin residents over age 65 is expected to double by 2040, and virtually every field of nursing will increasingly need to be able to address the healthcare needs of older adults and their families.

The goal of this annual conference is to build on information and insight from previous conferences and equip Wisconsin nurse educators with knowledge, resources, and strategies necessary to prepare future nurses – both generalists and specialists – in the care of older adults. 

The Henry Predolin School of Nursing at Edgewood College is excited to co-host this annual conference with the Nursing Program at Gateway Technical College (Kenosha), innovators in geriatric nursing education in Wisconsin.

The conference is free of charge, and all meals will be provided.

Individuals may opt for overnight accommodations at The Abbey Resort, and are responsible for that cost if they chose that option.


Conference Overview

The conference and statewide collaborative focus on innovations in curricular and educational initiatives, faculty professional development, and establishment of a statewide means to share and access resources among Schools of Nursing in Wisconsin. To address these goals and enhance geriatric education statewide, the collaborative includes:

  • An annual statewide educator conference
  • Follow-up consultative geriatric education services
  • An online resource platform

In June 2016, we hosted our inaugural conference, with participation by more than 50 faculty members representing approximately 20 public, private, and American Indian Colleges of Nursing from around the state (two-year and four-year degree programs). Speakers, workshop leaders, and panelists shared resource materials, teaching strategies, and curricular initiatives, and faculty members delved deeper into specific areas of care, from poly-pharmacology to end-of-life care. Faculty had the opportunity to review resource materials available through an online platform on the WCN website, to participate in a film viewing and discussion, and to experience a dementia simulation exercise that can be incorporated in nursing and healthcare curricula.

Following the conference, several faculty members committed to advancing geriatric nursing education at their institutions, developing new curriculum content and resources for their faculty and students.

The goals of this annual conference are to further the initiatives set forth during the inaugural conference, learn from our colleagues’ experiences in developing geriatric resources and initiatives at their institutions over the past year, and plan for future conferences and collaborative initiatives.

Wisconsin Statewide Collaborative

The goal of the longer-term project is to enhance geriatric nursing education in Wisconsin, in collaboration with educators throughout the state. Conference attendees will be offered the opportunity to continue their professional development and implement new curricular initiatives over the coming year, with support from faculty mentors with expertise in geriatric education, and to continue to exchange ideas and resources through a statewide online platform.

Planning Committee Members

Gerrie Bleifuss, MS, RN*
Assistant Professor 
Henry Predolin School of Nursing & Marriage and Family Therapy, Edgewood College

Rita Cordova, MSN, RN
Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Edgewood College

Barb Gallogly, MSN, RN*-BC  
Senior Lecturer 
Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Edgewood College

Colleen Gullickson, Ph.D, RN, GNP*
Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Edgewood College

Margaret Noreuil, Ph.D., RN
Professor and Dean
Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Edgewood College

Katie Selle, MA, RN*-BC
Senior Lecturer
Recipient Underkoffler Teaching Excellence Award
Henry Predolin School of Nursing, Edgewood College

Chris Sima, MS, RN
Nursing Instructor
Gateway Technical College

Julie Teeter, DNP Candidate, MS, RN, CNE
Nursing Instructor
Gateway Technical College

Anne Wilkinson, MS, RN, CNE
Retired, Instructor and Acting Dean of Nursing
Gateway Technical College

*Participants in University of Minnesota Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Facilitated Learning to Advance Geriatrics (FLAG) program.


The conference takes place May 29-30, 2018, at The Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The hotel overlooks Lake Geneva and is a 7 minute walk from Fontana Beach. The hotel includes free parking, 2 restaurants, 1 with a terrace overlooking the lake, plus a bar and a cafe. Other amenities include a spa with indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and a marina.

The Abbey Resort
269 Fontana Blvd
Fontana-On-Geneva Lake, WI 53125

A limited number of discounted guest rooms has been reserved for the conference on Monday, May 28, 2018 and Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Conference participants are responsible for their own lodging arrangements and costs. 

You must call The Abbey to receive the conference discount and make your reservations. Please dial 800-709-1323 then press #2, then identify yourself as part of the Edgewood College Geriatric Conference or with the following Reservation ID#: 1184KO, and provide your name, type of room, check-in and checkout dates.

Room reservations must be made on or before April 28, 2018 to receive the discounted conference rate: $109.00 for a single occupancy room and $109.00 for a double occupancy room, plus tax. Additional persons past the room occupancy and room upgrades are subject to extra charges.