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2014 March E-newsletter

Co-Chair Jeanette Ives Erickson Speaks to UNE Students about Nursing Leadership and Education

Lunder-Dineen Co-Chair, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Senior Vice President for Patient Care and Chief Nurse Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN returned to Portland, Maine in December to speak at the University of New England (UNE) about nursing leadership and interprofessional education. Dr. Ives Erickson is a native of Portland and she earned her BSN from Westbrook College, which is now the Westbrook College of Health Professions and part of UNE. Returning to the campus as an alumna to partner on important educational initiatives exemplifies her commitment to quality health education, the institution, and the state of Maine.

Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN with Shelley Cohen Konrad, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Ives Erickson gave two talks to students at UNE on Dec. 4. During the morning session, Dr. Ives Erickson was welcomed to the Biddeford campus by Karen Pardue, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Associate Professor of Nursing and Jennifer L. Morton, DNP, MPH, APHN, Director of Nursing, Associate Professor, BSN Coordinator. Dr. Ives Erickson presented the topic "Creating a Professional Nursing Practice Environment" to a group of community-based nurse leaders who are part of a cohort participating in a grant-funded program under the direction of Jennifer Morton. In the afternoon, Dr. Ives Erickson was welcomed to the Portland campus by Shelley Cohen Konrad, PhD, LCSW, Director of the Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work. The afternoon presentation was about dedicated interprofessional education units at MGH, which ties in with UNE's interprofessional education collaborative (IPEC), whose mission "is to educate practitioners, scholars, and researchers to work together and with patients and clients for relationship-centered health care that is comprehensive, collaborative, caring, safe, and continuous throughout the life cycle."

"It means a great deal to me to return home to Maine and help our vibrant community of interprofessional leaders, students and faculty that put patients at the center of health care. I'm fortunate to have gained a strong educational foundation here in the UNE system, and IPEC is a best-practice initiative not just in Maine, but a model for the nation. It highlights the outstanding work being done here in Maine and it supports what we're doing with Lunder-Dineen in terms of collaborating with experts here to create and disseminate education that improves the health of Maine residents," said Dr. Ives Erickson.

"UNE is delighted with the partnership potential that Lunder-Dineen offers in the areas of education, training and services," said UNE Director of Nursing, Associate Professor, and BSN Coordinator Jennifer L. Morton, DNP, MPH, APHN. Morton is also the Project Director of UNE's CHANNELS program. CHANNELS is an acronym for community, health, access, navigate, network, education, leadership and services.

Basic Skills and Clinical Applications of Motivational Interviewing

Research shows that training physicians in communication skills results in significant improvements in patient adherence to treatment recommendations. Motivational interviewing (MI) is an important and effective way to speak with patients and get them engaged in smoking cessation, weight loss, exercise, and compliance with prescribed medication regimens.

This online activity consists of two 30-minute modules on using motivational interviewing techniques to help patients change health behaviors. Specifically, the program addresses four different problems that negatively affect health: non-adherence to treatment guidelines, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and smoking. The activity also provides scenarios that demonstrate how MI is used in clinical settings.

Faculty: Michael Bierer, MD, MPH

Certified for physicians, psychologists, nurses and social workers

Aging Veterans: The Challenges, Some Solutions, and Some Remaining Challenges

Enhance your understanding of demographics related to aging veterans, the range of health care challenges veterans face, and the programs and services available to aging veterans.

Faculty: Kenneth Shay, DDS, MS

Certified for social workers and licensed mental health counselors

The Joys and Sorrows of Older Veterans:Thoughts from a Geriatric Psychiatrist

Hear about the capacities and challenges facing older veterans, the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder over the lifespan, and the ways that works of literature can illuminate the traumas of war.

Faculty: Janis Petzel, MD, DFAPA

Certified for social workers and licensed mental health counselors

MARCH 2014


Jeanette Ives Erickson Speaks to UNE Students about Nursing Leadership and Education.

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