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Assisted Living Nurses Conference

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Iowa Health Care Association
1775 90th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Assisted Living Nurses Conference

Program Description

Join us for the annual Assisted Living Nurses Conference, a premier event tailored specifically for nurses working in assisted living facilities. This conference provides a unique opportunity for nurses to enhance their knowledge, skills, and network with peers in the field.


Iowa Health Care Association
1775 90th St.
West Des Moines, IA


June 4, 2024

  8:30 a.m.     Registration/Check-In
  9:00 a.m.     Designing Service Plans for Assisted Living
10:30 a.m.     Strategies for Quality Outcomes in Assisted Living
12:00 p.m.     Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.     Antipsychotic Drug Reduction and High-Risk Drugs
  1:45 p.m.     Assisted Living Legal Compliance Essentials
  3:15 p.m.      Adjourn 

Program Description

Crafting Compassionate Care: Designing Service Plans for Assisted Living Communities
Speaker: Amy Skelton, A.L. Nurse Consultant, Healthcare of Iowa

  DIA has put more emphasis on reviewing Individual Service Plans during recent surveys which has increased the number of facilities being cited for out-of-date or improperly documented plans. The Service Plan is the road map to caring for the tenant in Assisted Living. In this session we will explore how to generate and gather the information as well as what information to include on the Service Plan. In addition, we will discuss some ideas on how to make it easier for the staff to read and use the Service Plan to increase tenant and staff satisfaction.   

Ensuring Excellence: Strategies for Quality Outcomes in Assisted Living
Speaker, Brenda Irlbeck, V.P. of Quality Improvement & Regulatory Compliance, Iowa Health Care Association

  This session will provide innovative guidance on implementing best practices interventions to improve and manage the health of tenants which in turn will provide quality outcomes. Effective strategies that ensure the well-being, safety, and satisfaction of residents while adhering to regulatory standards will be discussed.

Antipsychotic Drug Reduction and High-Risk Drugs in A.L.
Speaker: Jake Hanken, Consultant Pharmacist, Synchrony Pharmacy

  Antipsychotic Drug Reduction (ADR) has become a crucial focus in healthcare due to concerns about over prescribing, particularly among elderly patients. This session will delve into the rationale behind ADR initiatives, the potential risks associated with prolonged antipsychotic use in the elderly, and strategies for safely tapering or discontinuing these medications when appropriate. The second part of the session will focus on high-risk drugs commonly used in assisted living settings. Participants will gain an understanding of medications with a high potential for adverse effects, drug interactions, and misuse, particularly among older adults.

Assisted Living Legal Compliance Essentials
Speaker: Ken Watkins, Attorney, Ken Watkins Law Firm

  Unfortunately, there are very serious incidents and accidents that will occur in your community no matter the precautions you take to avoid them. It could be as simple as a tenant taking a fall, all the way to an attack on a tenant by a staff member or another resident. Discussion in this session will focus on the regulatory requirements for reporting an incident; identify which incidents are reportable; and will review what to include and not include in an incident report.

Continuing Education Credit

This course/program is approved for 5 contact hours for:

  • Nurses (IBON provider #166)
  • Assisted Living Managers

Registration Fees

Members:            $140 per person
Non-Members:  $420 per person

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