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2-Day Geriatric Certificate Course

Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPCP-DNP
2 Full Days
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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Our geriatric patients are complex to care for. There are often multiple layers of diagnoses. Sometimes there are unwanted – and preventable – side effects from the medications prescribed.

I can imagine that there have been times in the past that you, too, wished you had been able to do more when you witnessed the patient’s frustrations, the fears, and the behaviors.

You could be assigned to care for a patient experiencing significant agitation, sleep difficulties, suicidal ideation, chronic conditions to manage and polypharmacy concerns – all during your next shift. How can you ensure that you are properly prepared? Earn your Geriatric Certificate!

Join me, Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPCP-DNP, as I share with you the proven best practices I have accumulated throughout my years assessing and treating patients in acute care, long term care and home health roles. I have created this comprehensive 2-day educational event based on what I’ve found to be the most challenging diagnoses and stressful geriatric situations.

Sign up today and you will also receive bonus materials, packed with helpful tools and the latest guidelines from The American Geriatric Society, The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

The last year has been trying. For our patients, their families and all of us on the frontlines. I want to make this training helpful and enjoyable. You will learn through a combination of the latest evidence, sheer ingenuity and heartfelt passion. As I share real patient stories and case studies, you will leave with a clear understanding of what a difference we can all make.

Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPCP-DNP
and the PESI Healthcare Team



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live event. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether live activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Cultural Competency

This activity qualifies for 2.0 hours of cultural competency instruction. If cultural competency is not specified within your licensing board's approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of cultural competency allowed.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This program offers 240 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 4.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.5 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Nursing Home Administrators

This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 12.50 clock hours and 12.50 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.

Minnesota Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for 12.5 hours. Course approval #: 5649.

Wisconsin Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

12.5 contact hours have been approved by the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. You must attend at least 80% of the seminar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 12.5 hours for completing this program.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 12.5 hours of live continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 10.5 Clinical and 2.0 Cultural Competency continuing education credits. No more than 12.5 total CE hours may be awarded for this activity.


Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.

Minnesota Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This course has been approved for 12.5 continuing education hours. This certificate has been issued upon successful completion of a post-test.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 760 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPCP-DNP's Profile

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Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPCP-DNP, is an adult nurse practitioner and currently practices in Raleigh, NC, focusing on geriatric and psychiatric care in long-term care.

She has over 30 years of experience, including long term care, acute care, primary care and home health. She earned a Cultural Dementia Care degree from Stanford University.

Nanette has presented nationally and internationally to various interdisciplinary audiences on various geriatric diagnoses/treatments, dementia, pain management, and caregiver concerns. She is the author of Eldercare: The Comprehensive Guide to Caregiving and a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the non-pharmacological management of behavioral problems in dementia. Her knowledge and research have been recognized through published work in Clinics of North America and in book chapters and online continuing education modules. Additionally, Nanette serves as an expert witness for law firms on cases related to her field of expertise.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan is a consultant and receives compensation. She receives royalties as a published author. Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-Financial: Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Society on Aging, and the Geriatric Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

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Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a 60-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.

Facility Details

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  • Signal symptoms
  • Contributing factors
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Prevention
Suicidal Ideation
  • Underlying causes
  • Presentation in older adults
  • Evidence-based treatments
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological
Sleep Disorders
  • Change in sleep with aging
  • Effects of dementia, environment, and illness
  • Insomnia, hypersomnia, sleep apnea, nightmares
  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Pharmacological interventions
Chronic Illness
  • Chronic illness syndrome
  • Model for quality improvement
  • Strategies for physical function
  • Patient education and management
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Evidence based findings
  • Effect of COVID-19
  • New instruments for detection
  • Multi-dimensional approaches
  • Nutritional interventions
  • Physical activity
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Review of BEERS criteria
  • Top 11 drugs to avoid
  • Principles of deprescribing
  • Clinical pearls
  • Case study – 78 y/o with multiple medications with duplications of action
  • Case study – 84 y/o with multiple medications and recent falls
  • Case study – 88 y/o with multiple medications and advanced dementia
  • Case study – 76 y/o with multiple medications and drug-drug interaction risks
Cultural Dementia Care
  • Role of stigma and cultural beliefs
  • Prevalence and type of dementia
  • How different cultural groups view dementia
  • Evidence-based interventions


  1. Differentiate the causes of agitation and the latest strategies for management.
  2. Develop an evidence-based plan for management of agitation.
  3. Assess the presentation of suicidal ideation in older adults and the latest treatment.
  4. Apply evidence-based interventions in caring for older adults with encephalopathy, seizures, sleep disorders and suicidal ideation.
  5. Analyze chronic illness syndrome and models for quality improvement.
  6. Assess the presentation of sleep disorders in older adults and the latest treatment.
  7. Evaluate the components of frailty and evidence-based management.
  8. Develop an evidence-based management plan for chronic conditions.
  9. Differentiate the components of deprescribing.
  10. Apply the principles of deprescribing to case studies.
  11. Differentiate the role of culture in recognizing and treating dementia.
  12. Apply evidence-based interventions in the care of dementia patients from different cultures.

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants
  • PT
  • PTAs
  • OT
  • OTAs
  • SLP's
  • Social Workers
  • Nursing Home Administrators



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