Guardian Pharmacy of MN will be hosting a nurse and caregiver training session on Thursday, April 12th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Lunch will be served.

***Please RSVP to heather.durham@guardianpharmacy.net ***

10:00 – 11:15 Opioid Stewardship 1 Contact Hour **

Eric Christianson is a clinical pharmacist passionate about patient safety, geriatrics, long term care, Medication Therapy Management, and clinical pharmacy. Follow his blog at www.meded101.com  Among his professional accomplishments, he is Board certified in geriatrics and pharmacotherapy, has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, American Journal of Nursing, written an Amazon best seller and has helped thousands of nurses, pharmacists, and prescribers become better at medication management.

Synopsis of Presentation: With the push to reduce the burden of opioids in society, this leads to an incredible challenge in how to handle patients on chronic opioids for pain.  For years, we’ve been trained to treat chronic pain with opioids and the CDC now has guidelines to reduce and limit that use.  In this session we will look at how to handle chronic opioid use for pain, the possible adverse effects of short term and long-term opioid therapy as well as discuss terms like addiction, drug diversion, and opioid tolerance.

11:15- 11:45 Break / Lunch

11:45 – 1:00 Antibiotic Stewardship 1 Contact **

Lynn Gerard RN, BSN, Director Quality Improvement, Education, Risk Management, Guardian Angels Elk River.

Synopsis of Presentation: Antibiotic stewardship is a topic that comes up frequently, particularly now as regulatory oversight forces facilities to employ “infection preventionists”. Increased oversight however is really only the tip of the iceberg. Inappropriate and overuse of antibiotics has resulted in actual harm for patients that we serve. Clostridium difficile infections and multiple drug-resistant organisms have increased mortality as well as length of stay and cost of care. In this session we will review the components of an effective antibiotic stewardship program, including how to move this program to the front-line staff and medical providers.

1:00 – 2:00   NAMI MN

In Our Own Voice – Understand the journey of people with mental illness in recovery. IOOV is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery, demonstrating there is hope for recovery for people with mental illnesses. The presentation includes personal stories and video clips, as well offering an opportunity to ask questions. Topics discussed are: Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills, and Successes, Hope and Dreams. The IOOV program has touched many lives and is effective in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This 60-minute workshop is for any groups interested in learning more about mental illnesses and recovery.

Great turn out for nurse and caregiver training in 2017. We hope to have an even better turn out in 2018!