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2014 July E-newsletter

Lunder-Dineen’s Online Learning Library

Looking for a positive, easy and effective way to provide professional development options for yourself or your staff? Consider looking into the 100+ hours of free, interprofessional education in Lunder-Dineen’s online course catalog.

Looking at data from a Lunder-Dineen statewide needs assessment in 2012, clinicians across the state say that live conferences are their preferred educational format. However, they also indicate that time out of the office and small budgets for education are significant barriers to participating in live conferences. Therefore, many clinicians actually turn to online education to meet their CME/CE requirements.

To address those challenges, Lunder-Dineen makes free, CME/CE-certified online education available on dozens of topics that are timely and relevant for Maine health care professionals, including older adult health, veterans health, mental and behavioral health, and nursing excellence. All sessions in Lunder-Dineen’s online course catalog are learner directed and on demand, so clinicians can participate whenever their busy practice schedules allow. Many sessions are recorded and made available through collaborations with organizations and conferences across the state, including renowned events from University of Maine and University of New England.

In addition, given the great distance it can be to travel to live conferences in Maine, Lunder-Dineen’s online education offers convenience that your whole staff can take advantage of, at their own pace, without leaving their homes or offices. "We're very thankful to have the archived sessions and the live Web sessions that we can view from home or work in order to get those skills so that we can continue to bring great care to our patients," says Melissa Stoliker, a registered nurse at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent.

See a few sessions listed below that are relevant for all professions, or browse the full course catalog right now on the Lunder-Dineen website.

Basic Skills and Clinical Applications of Motivational Interviewing

Research has shown that training physicians in communication skills results in significant improvements in patient adherence to treatment recommendations. Motivational interviewing (MI) has been found to be an important and effective way for health care providers such as physicians, nurses, social workers and counselors to speak with their patients about behavioral change. It has been shown to be effective with patients who aim to engage in smoking cessation, weight loss and exercise, and comply with prescribed medication regimens.

Faculty: Michael Bierer, MD, MPH

Ideal for physicians, nursing professionals, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, and other members of the health care team.

UNE Geriatrics: Oral Health Impact on Systemic Disease in Seniors

According to the research of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the greatest unmet health need in older adults is oral health care. This session focuses on addressing this challenge, the interface of oral and systemic care in vulnerable elders, and the obstacles that seniors face in seeking oral health care in Maine, as well as nationally.

Faculty: Leonard Brennan, DMD

Ideal for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, therapists, and other members of the health care team.

Innovations in Care Delivery: Creating

the New Culture through Relationship-
Based Care

Innovation impacts the professional matrix of interdisciplinary collaboration. Based on a philosophy of relationship-based care, innovation transforms practice to create a healing relationship by enhancing the caregiver's relationships with the patient and family, him or herself, the environment, and his or her colleagues. Interventions that support interdisciplinary collaboration warrant a cultural shift to offer a more holistic approach to care delivery that advances the Institute of Medicine’s six aims for improvement.


Barbara Cashavelly, RN, MSN, AOCN

Adele Keeley, RN, MA

Ideal for nursing professionals in all practice settings.​

JULY 2014



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To collaborate with us on education, contact Denise O'Connell, Senior Program Manager, 207.747.3448 or