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August 2015 E-newsletter






Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program Enrollment Opens August 17

On August 17, enrollment opens for our all-new Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program.  

The program is ideal for experienced, direct care registered nurses in Maine interested in becoming preceptors. It is a blended learning program that includes easy-to-use online modules and a one-day live workshop. The program is offered at no cost to RNs who have been recommended by their nurse manager/director to attend the program. Enrollment is limited to 190 participants.

The program benefits organizations in a number of ways:

  • Provides preceptors with knowledge, skills, and abilities to guide and support newly graduated nurses, nurses transitioning to new practice settings, and nursing students completing senior year clinical placements
  • Advances the preceptors’ knowledge about Maine Nursing Core Competencies
  • Enhances the professional development and lifelong learning of staff
  • Supports the development of emerging nurse leaders

The program begins on September 16. To learn more about the program and see other details on enrollment, visit


MOTIVATE Oral Health Education Initiative Awarded Northeast Delta Dental Grant

We’re happy to announce that Lunder-Dineen was awarded a grant from Northeast Delta Dental Foundation for our MOTIVATE oral health initiative this spring.

MOTIVATE – which stands for Maine’s Oral Team-Based Initiative: Vital Access to Education – is an innovative and Maine-tailored education program developed by Lunder-Dineen and a statewide advisory team.

The program is developed in response to national calls-to-action from the U.S. Surgeon General, American Dental Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others to help raise awareness about the connection between good oral health and good overall health. The project’s mission is to use the latest research findings to improve, promote and protect the oral and overall health of long-term care residents in Maine, using evidence-based programs, in a collaborative education and practice model.

The grant will be used to complete needs assessment research in collaboration with Maine Veterans’ Homes, under the guidance of the University of New England and the University of Maine. The goal of the research is to identify gaps and barriers in oral health education in long-term care settings.

“We know that people cannot achieve optimal overall health without a strong oral health foundation and we are pleased to support Lunder-Dineen’s important work through the MOTIVATE initiative to help improve the oral health of Maine’s long-term care population,” said Crystal Carroll, manager of community relations at Northeast Delta Dental.

To learn more about MOTIVATE:


MGH Nursing Grand Rounds: Best Practices for Providing Safe, Effective, Satisfactory Pain Relief

The identification and management of pain remains an important part of the patient-centered care nurses provide each day. This presentation reviews evidence-based approaches to assessing and managing patients with pain; emerging methods for developing, implementing, and refining a pain treatment plan for patients with difficult-to-control pain; and tools being used to monitor the quality and safety of pain control.

Faculty: Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, FNP-C, ACNS-BC

This program is intended for registered nurses.


Responding to Patients Abusing Bath Salts

Abuse of “bath salts” — the street name for a number of illicit drugs that contain cathinones — has been a critical health care issue in Maine over the last several years. Bath salts look similar to epsom salts and have effects similar to cocaine and amphetamines. This session provides emergency first responders, law enforcement, clergy, and health care clinicians with a thorough, evidence-based review of bath salts use, emergency management guidelines, and prevention strategies.

Faculty: Jonnathan Busko, MD; Ron Gastia; Tony T. Ng, MD; and Shawn Yardley

This activity is designed specifically for health care providers in clinical settings.

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