Theme: Exploring Mindful Topics: Teaching Tricks and Treats

Our conference will provide you with a great opportunity to network with colleagues and update your skills. Whether you work in secondary/postsecondary or long-term care education or a health care facility, you can expand your knowledge and refresh your outlook at our annual gathering. You can also earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Application has been submitted for PSNA contact hours.

This year’s conference will provide you with excellent opportunities to:

  • discover effective ways to work with patients and their families who are dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s 
  • observe the latest classroom teaching innovations, including demonstrations of the Laerdal Nursing Anne VitalSim manikin
  • gain techniques to help students learn new subject material and increase their literacy skills
  • acquire updates from the American Heart Association on bloodborne pathogens
  • hear updates from NATCEP
  • network with colleagues from across the state

Keynote Speaker

Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner, believes that the care for those with dementia is best provided in a proactive, compassionate manner. Her keynote address will focus on caring for these patients and their families in all aspects.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions will provide information on the inclusion of literacy units on dementia and Alzheimer’s and other critical information on teaching this delicate subject, as well as material for helping students learn new subject material and increase their literacy skills, using innovative teaching strategies and creative laboratory simulations, such as the Laerdal Nursing Anne VitalSim manikin.

New this year: A general session will be held on Thursday, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., by the American Heart Association on bloodborne pathogens; certificates will be presented to all who attend. And, in a closing general session, Kristen Bires of the Alzheimer’s Association will help caregivers “see things differently” when caring for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

Sheri Weidman, state coordinator of the Nurse Aide Training program, will provide a NATCEP update for nurse aide instructors. Susanne Durante, from Pearson VUE, will present updates about the nurse aide competency examination, including statewide pass rates for the new skills introduced on July 1, 2013.

Pampering Session

Join us for our popular pampering session on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy good food, network with colleagues, or meet with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education at a roundtable discussion, where they will respond to questions, comments, or suggestions. And you can relax with a seated massage or indulge in a manicure!


Exhibitors will be available to discuss their latest resource materials and textbooks.