Madison, Wis. (June 29, 2016) – The Henry Predolin School of Nursing at Edgewood College recently hosted “Together Towards Tomorrow,” a conference of nursing educators in Wisconsin.
More than 50 representatives from nursing programs across the state participated in the conference, which focused on ways for schools of nursing to enhance and expand their curricula related to aging and dementia.
The conference is part of a larger project to develop a statewide collaboration among Wisconsin schools of nursing to better educate future nurses in the care of older adults. The inaugural conference and statewide efforts are supported by Bader Philanthropies, Inc. - Helen Daniels Bader Fund.
“The U.S. population over the age of 65 will more than double between 2005 and 2050,” Colleen Gullickson, Professor of Nursing at Edgewood College said. “This means caring for older adults can no longer be considered a specialty practice; instead all new nurses will need to have knowledge and practice skills to meet the complex care needs of older adults. To reach this goal, we need to rethink how we teach the next generation of nurses.” Gullickson is recognized nationally as an expert in geriatric care.
“We are very grateful to Bader Philanthropies, Inc. for making this conference and the larger collaboration possible,” Margaret Noreuil, Dean of the School of Nursing said. “We’re thrilled to see the level of interest and engagement from nursing programs from all over Wisconsin, and we were particularly pleased to welcome Dr. M. Elaine Tagliareni, Chief Program Officer and Director of the National League for Nursing Center for Excellence in the Care of Vulnerable Populations, to share her vast knowledge of educational approaches and resources to address nursing care for older adults.”