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Minnesota State Mankato, Ecumen Team Up to Enhance Nursing Care for Seniors

Nursing faculty from across state to gather in Mankato from Aug. 7-9 for workshop.

Ecumen and Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Joint News Release, 8-3-2018

MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato and Ecumen, one of Minnesota’s largest providers of senior care, are teaming up to help address the state’s acute shortage of nurses working in long-term geriatric care.

Nursing faculty from across the state will gather in Mankato Aug. 7-9 for a grant-funded pilot workshop designed to help educators refresh their knowledge and skills in senior care and bring current best practices in geriatrics into their classrooms and clinical settings.

“Minnesota’s population is aging rapidly, and future nurses will be increasingly called on to meet the complex needs of older patients in both hospital and long-term care settings,” said Lynn Kuechle, coordinator of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society at Minnesota State Mankato. “The goal of this workshop is to work directly with faculty in shaping the future of senior care – which starts in the classroom.”

For the past four years, Ecumen has been collaborating with the Minnesota State system on its Ecumen Scholars program which offers fellowships, internships and clinical rotations at Ecumen sites to nursing students interested in senior care, especially in rural Minnesota.

“As we worked with nursing students and faculty, we learned that faculty have a strong interest in enhancing both training and interest in senior care,” said Brett Anderson, Ecumen vice president of nursing services. “Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing is a leader in educating nurses in elder care and family care, and we’re very pleased to be partnering with them to meet this need and help improve the quality and accessibility of care for Minnesota’s seniors.”

The sessions, conducted by Minnesota State Mankato nursing faculty and Ecumen’s nursing staff, will be held at Ecumen Pathstone Living, an award-winning senior care campus in Mankato, and at Minnesota State Mankato’s Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center. Topics include enhancing clinical skills, improving quality in long-term care, and promoting critical thinking. A day of training at the Simulation Center will focus on the difference between dementia and delirium as well as end of life, hospice and palliative care.

About Minnesota State Mankato
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

About Ecumen
Ecumen is one of the nation’s top 25 largest non-profit providers of senior housing and aging services. Based in Shoreview, Minn., Ecumen operates in more than 40 communities in 8 states. Founded more than 150 years ago, Ecumen, provides a variety of senior housing options and services including independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities as well as at-home and community-based services including home care and hospice.

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