Long-term care Training by Ecumen To Teach Nurses on Psychoactive Medication and Alternatives

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Classes designed to ensure directors of nursing and nursing staff separate myth from reality and learn non-pharmacological techniques to treat behaviors

There is a lot of misinformation out there, and this class helps long-term care professionals to separate myths from facts.

Ecumen Consulting Services, a division of aging services provider Ecumen, Minnesota's largest non-profit senior housing company, is holding seminars for Upper Midwest long-term care professionals this March titled "Nursing and Navigating the Psychoactive Maze". The seminar will be conducted at several Minnesota locations and in Eau Claire, Wis.

Long-term care professionals attending the seminars will walk away with a full understanding of the intent of F-329 unnecessary drugs, how to use non-pharmacological techniques for behaviors and the process and goals of gradual dose reduction. They will also be made aware of medication management considerations, how to stay within regulatory compliance and how to identify non-pharmacological techniques used to treat behaviors.

"This seminar is geared for directors of nursing and nursing staff who want to learn the latest information about psychoactive medication management and the alternatives to such medications," says Mary Leber, RN, director of Ecumen Consulting Services and instructor for these courses. "There is a lot of misinformation out there, and this class helps long-term care professionals to separate myths from facts."

The seminars will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the locations listed below. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and continental breakfast is included. Cost for the seminar is $75 per person

Class Locations and Dates
March 4, 2008, Mankato, Minn., Pathstone Living,
March 5, Willmar, Minn., Holiday Inn
March 12, St. Cloud, Minn., Best Western Americanna Inn
March 13, Grand Rapids, Minn., Grand Village
March 18, Eau Claire, Wis., The Plaza Hotel & Suites

Ecumen Consulting Services also can tailor this class and others for group instruction at individual nursing homes or CCRCs.

Long-term care professionals can register at Ecumen's website or by contacting Stephanie Gibson at 651-766-4393. The registration deadline is February 15th.

About Ecumen Consulting Services
Ecumen Consulting Services is a division of Ecumen (http://www.ecumen.org), which is the largest non-profit senior housing, services and senior housing development companies in the country. Ecumen Consulting Services provides long-term care consulting, training, management, development and repositioning services for nursing homes, assisted living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) and home care and community-based services.


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