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CAHN nomination honors Montana nurse.

Linda Henderson has worked with the Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) for a number of years. Linda has provided leadership in the education opportunities MTGEC provides to healthcare professionals, faculty and students across the state. She is passionate about training healthcare professionals to meet the needs and challenges of our state's aging population.

Linda serves as the MTGEC nurse planner for continuing nursing education. In this role, she serves on the MTGEC Administrative Board which sets the goals and activities for continuing education opportunities offered by the center. She also serves on the MTGEC curriculum committee and has been chair for the past two years. Linda provides discipline expertise in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation processes of geriatric continuing education provided for health care professionals via the online curriculum and conferences. Health care disciplines include, medicine (including physician assistants), nursing (including nurse practioners), pharmacy, physical therapy, and social work. She is responsible for ensuring that activities of the MTGEC are carried out in a manner that is consistent with ANCC criteria and Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, 2010)

Working with MTGEC staff, Linda keeps the online curriculum modules up-to-date following an established process. She works with authors/ reviewers through the curriculum development process. Linda also reviews curriculum for content and provides feedback to others.

Serving in this role has provided a great service to nursing professionals throughout the state who are interested in continuing education in the area of geriatrics. Linda's leadership in this position ensures high quality, pertinent, and current information is being shared. She is thoughtful and targeted in the kinds of training needed to fill practice gaps in the area. Linda serves the nursing profession as a whole by trying to improve health professionals' knowledge and practices when working with geriatric patients.

Congratulations Linda!

Terry Egan

Associate Director, Montana Geriatric

Education Center

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Title Annotation:Around the State
Author:Egan, Terry
Publication:The Pulse
Date:Jun 22, 2014
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