AGNA Conference registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the:   Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association  2018  Conference and Annual General Meeting

Building on the Best!!

Friday April 20, 2018   Red Deer, Alberta at the Radisson Hotel 6500 67 Street 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Register at  Registration Deadline: April 13

$115 for members, $60 for students, $185 non-members


Polypharmacy: Less is More Verdeen Bueckert, RN, MLC and Safia Khalfan, B.Sc.Pharm, APA, Cert.Inj.  The Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics Project became a provincial and then a national movement. AUA resources are now shifting practices in acute care, through the Elder Friendly Care Project. Could a new movement be sparked around appropriate prescribing? Bring your brain to this interactive presentation where we’ll build on our best project with your best ideas!

Continence Issues in Older Adults’: Complex Cases Dr. Kathleen Hunter   In this case based presentation on continence care, we will move past the usual simple definitions of incontinence to understanding the complexity of lower urinary tract symptoms that can be experienced by older persons, and the impact on their quality of life. Symptoms, and symptom complexes including nocturia/nocturnal polyuria, over active bladder syndrome and the underactive bladder will be explored in terms of pathophysiology, and the role of the gerontological nurse in assessment and management

Medical Assistance in Dying: Where we have come Jo Heggerud, RN   Medical Assistance was legalized in Canada in June 2016. Since that time Alberta Health Services has developed care co-ordination teams to assist patients/families and health professionals through the process of medical assistance in dying. Each case we work with is unique and involves differing aspects and challenges. We will reflect on experiences to date and look at some of the challenges faced through the process of medical assistance in dying. 

Depression, suicide risk, and suicide prevention in older adults Beth Wilkey, RN, MN, GNC(c) CHPCN (c) 

This session will address suicide risks in older adults, in particular for those in long term care. This will include assessing suicide risk in LTC residents, risk and resiliency factors for suicide in older adults, speaking to older adults about suicide and tools that can be used to assist health care professionals.

Leadership Panel:  Round out the day with a discussion on leadership challenges in gerontological nursing and the care of older adults. Our panel members will represent various roles in nursing practice that are provide leadership “from where they are” and address some thought-provoking questions facing nurses as we look to the future.


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