Tag Archives: elder care

Fall 2018 Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo

Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo, which will be held on October 30 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center in Mankato. The Expo brochure, which includes registration information, is below.

This year’s presentations include the following (subject to change):

  • Parkinson’s: The Basics and Beyond
    Andrew Reeves, M.D.
  • Managing Chronic Pain in the Elderly
    Ruth Vortherms, RNP, FNP
  • Current Drug Trends Update
    Lt. Jeff Wersal, Commander, Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force
  • Trauma Informed Care
    Lindsay Anderson, PMHCNS-BC

A discounted rate for registration is available until October 16. If you pay by check ahead of time, please indicate somewhere on the form whether you want your check deposited right away or held until the event. (If nothing is noted to the contrary, we will deposit checks on receipt.) 7.2 CEUs (nursing) or 6 clock hours (other disciplines) are available.

Post expires at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018.

Substance Abuse in Seniors: Identifying and Preventing

Southern Minnesota Nurses is providing the information below for those interested in attending but is not affiliated with nor endorses the individuals and organizations involved.

Substance Abuse in Seniors:
Identifying and Preventing

Wednesday, July 11
11:30am – 1:00pm
Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center
201 Oaklawn Ave
Mankato, MN 56001

Speaker: Karissa Borchert, MSW, LGSW, Community Liaison, Home Health Care, Inc.

Karissa graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and completed her Masters of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in a variety of social service and medical settings, most frequently with adults and elders. She also has extensive experience working with seniors facing the challenges of substance abuse and their families.

Sunflower Communities is hosting a presentation about identifying and preventing substance abuse in seniors. There is no charge and lunch is provided. In addition, 1.0 CEU is available for nurses and social workers. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Theresa Nygaard (Theresa.Nygaard@sunflowercommunities.org) as soon as possible. See the attached flyer for more information.

Flyer: Senior Substance Abuse Flyer – July 2018

Post expires at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018.

Chesley Lecture May 3 – MN2030 Looking Forward: Reimagine the Future of Aging

MN2030 Looking Forward

Register online: mankato.mnsu.edu/about-the-university/strategic-partnerships/continuing-education/courses-and-programs/upcoming-events/chesley-lecture/

(click to see more)

Post expires at 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018.

Mark Your Calendars

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!



  • October 5
    Dementia all-day conference, Mankato
  • October 10
    Psych all-day conference, Courtyard by Marriott, Mankato


  • November 2
    Nurses Expo, Courtyard by Marriott, Mankato

Post expires at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017.

Financial Safety and Autonomy in Family Systems presentation

Southern Minnesota Nurses Presents

Conversation Tools to Use:
Financial Safety and Autonomy
in Family Systems

Thursday, September 14, 2017
5:00–7:30 PM
Jackson Student Center, Gustavus Adolphus College
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Marit Peterson, J.D. is the program director for the Minnesota Elder Justice Center.  Before joining MEJC, Marit practiced Elder Law in the Twin Cities metro.  She is also adjunct faculty in philosophy at Augsburg College, where she teaches ethics and bioethics in the Augsburg Adult Undergraduate program.  Marit currently participates in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section on the Governing Council, and Probate and Trust Section. This presentation will explore ways to start conversations within our own and our clients’ families, particularly related to financial safety and decision-making. We’ll examine best practices to prevent financial exploitation, and some strategies to use to discuss common challenges faced by families around financial decision-making.

1.2 Contact Hours provided for nursing in accordance with the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements. Other disciplines may submit to their boards for one (1) contact hour.

Registration form: Financial Safety and Autonomy flyer

Post expires at 10:00 PM on Thursday, September 14th, 2017.