37th Annual Minnesota Geriatric Care Conference

Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area, Rochester, MN



Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Please note the new location for this conference! It will be held at the

Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area in 2020. 

The 37th Annual Minnesota Geriatric Care Conference is designed to update the clinical knowledge and skills of those who care for older adults in a variety of settings, including the community, hospitals, long-term care, ambulatory settings, and others. A variety of topics will be addressed to assist participants to be knowledgeable and flexible in the care and education of geriatric patients and their families.


  • Identify nursing strategies in the care of geriatric patients
  • Describe challenges that healthcare professionals face when caring for geriatric patients
  • Discuss medication prescribing and de-prescribing concepts in relation to the geriatric population


Intended Audience:

This conference is designed for healthcare professionals who care for geriatric patients in acute, long-term, and home care settings including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, and nurse practitioners.

Date and NEW Location

This conference will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area, 10 East Center Street, Rochester, MN 55904.

About the provider:

Mayo Clinic’s mission is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research.

Mayo Continuing Nursing Education conducts educational conferences that will advance nursing practice.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been granted Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


6:45 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits
7:40 a.m.
Welcome and Announcements
7:45 a.m.
Medication Use in the Elderly
Darryl Chutka, MD
8:30 a.m.
Medication De-Prescribing for the Older Adult Patient
Lynn Borkenhagen, APRN, CNP, DNP
9:15 a.m.
Break with Refreshments and Exhibits
9:45 a.m.
Geriatric Wound Care
Faye Otis, APRN, CNP, MSN
10:30 a.m.
Effective Communication: See the Person First, not the Dementia
Maureen Aksamit, BSN, RN
11:30 a.m.
Cultural Aspects of Patient Care
Oualid Boulekbache, Luz Molina, Daud Osman, Yapa Xiong, MBA
12:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided) with Exhibits
1:00 p.m.
Fireside Chat
Laura Allen, APRN, CNP, Darryl Chutka, MD, Paul Takahashi, MD
1:45 p.m.
Pain Management in Palliative Medicine
Lynn Borkenhagen, APRN, CNP, DNP
2:45 p.m.
Break with Refreshments and Exhibits
3:00 p.m.
Caregiving: Shedding a Light On Caregiving for Someone With Memory Loss
Lores Vlaminck, RN
4:00 p.m.
No Pressure Improv - Improvisation Skills for Enhanced Communication
Laurel Podulke-Smith, MA
4:45 p.m.



You must complete the evaluation and claim your certificate to earn contact hours.


Participants can earn up to 7.5 ANCC nursing contact hours for attendance at the conference, commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity and completion of the evaluation. 


Social Work

Mayo Clinic Section of Social Work has been designated by the Minnesota Board of Social Work as an approved continuing education provider. This conference fulfills requirements for 6.75 continuing education hours.


The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators has approved 7.5 hours of continuing education; CE Approval #MN 20-100

Accreditation Statement:


In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Registration Details

Register before February 19, 2020

Please note the new location for this conference! It will be held at the

Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area in 2020. 

The conference registration fee of $165 includes instructional materials, breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments.  Pre-registration is required, and preferred by February 19, 2020.


Out of respect for conference participants, children are restricted from the conference.



If you cancel your participation in this conference, your registration fee, less an administration fee, will be refunded when written notification is received by Mayo Continuing Nursing Education before February 19, 2020 (email: cne@mayo.edu). No refunds will be made on or after February 19, 2020.


Mayo Continuing Nursing Education reserves the right to cancel or postpone any conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event Mayo Continuing Nursing Education must cancel or postpone this conference, Mayo Continuing Nursing Education will refund the registration fee, but is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.

Lodging and Parking


Most hotels in the area are either connected to the conference facility via skyway and walking subway or offer a complimentary shuttle service to Mayo Clinic campus.


Hotels connected via skyway/walking subway:

Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area

Doubletree by Hilton Rochester - Mayo Clinic Area

Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area

Hilton Garden Inn


Hotels that offer a complimentary shuttle service:

Centerstone Plaza Hotel Soldiers Field

Comfort Inn and Suites


See the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau for a guide to more lodging options in Rochester, MN.



View a map indicating the location of downtown parking facilities. The cost of parking is not included in the registration fee.




This conference offers the unique opportunity for commercial companies to interact with health care providers and highlight their products and services. If you are interested in exhibit space during this conference, please contact Megan Hylland.

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