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April 23: Annual Chesley Lecture

Lores Vlaminck to present lecture titled "Courage to Converse: Palliative Care Transitions: Professional and Personal Strategies for Conversation."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-19-12]

Lores Vlaminck (pictured at right),  a registered nurse and certified hospice and palliative nurse with 35 years of professional nursing experience, will be the featured speaker at the seventh annual Chesley Lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 23 at Old Main Village in Mankato.

Vlaminck, the principal and owner of Lores Consulting in Rochester, Minn., will present a lecture titled “Courage to Converse: Palliative Care Transitions: Professional and Personal Strategies for Conversation.”

Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. and will be followed by a welcome from Donald Ebel, director of the Chesley Center on Aging; Kimberly Greer, dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Bob Chesley from the Chesley family.

Lunch will be provided and the event will be followed by a Historical Tour of Old Main Village. Cost for lunch and continuing education credit is $10 for those pre-registered by Friday, April 20, and $15 on the day of the event. There is no charge for students. Call 507-389-2572 to register. On-line registration and payment by Visa, MasterCard or Discover can be completed on-line at

Lores Vlaminck is a consultant for palliative care, hospice, home care and assisted living – providing education, training, and mentoring, mock surveys, development and agency analysis. Vlaminck’s 35 years of professional nursing experience spans clinical practice in cardiac and intensive care, outpatient clinic services and most recently having served as a home care and hospice administrator/director.

Vlaminck offers state and national education on palliative and hospice care and is a certified trainer of the ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) modules, EPEC (Education on Palliative and End-of-life-care) modules and the HPNA’s (Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association) nursing assistant curriculum.

Vlaminck obtained her bachelor of science in nursing degree and master’s degree in nursing education from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Vlaminck serves as a board member for Minnesota Hospice and Palliative Care and participates as a member of the Standards of Practice, Development and Membership Committees. She is an active member of Aging Services of Minnesota, HPNA, MOLN and Sigma Theta Tau.

The Chesley Lecture honors Betty Chesley, a benefactor of Minnesota State Mankato’s Center on Aging. The center provides education, applied research and resource development services for southern Minnesota’s aging network, and assists community leaders with consultation, applied research, program evaluation and resources for training and skill-building.
MiThe lecture offers 2.0 contact hours for nurses, 1.5 continuing education hours for social workers and 1.5 clock hours for nursing home administrators.

For more information about the event, contact Donald Ebel at or Alexandra Garklavs at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the MInnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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