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Rosscare Celebrates Gerontological Nurses Week

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BANGOR – In observance of National Gerontological Nurses Week, Rosscare honors the gerontological nurses at Rosscare nursing facilities and retirement communities, as well as other facilities across Maine who dedicate countless hours compassionately caring for older adults.

Maine’s older adult population is growing. According to the 2000 US Census Bureau, in 2000, 14 percent of Maine’s population was 65 years old or older. By the year 2030, it is estimated that 22 percent of Maine’s population will be age 65 and older. This week is a reminder of the increasing importance to develop the gerontological nursing skills of nursing students to better prepare them to enter the healthcare environment. In 2009, to help meet this need, Rosscare partnered with Eastern Maine Community College and First Atlantic Healthcare, a Maine nursing home management company, to develop a special geriatric nursing faculty position, made possible in part by a grant from the Bingham Betterment Fund.

Val Sauda, RN, MS, Rosscare’s geriatric nursing service instructor was hired to take on this role. During the past year, she has been working with nursing students at Eastern Maine Community College and has already seen positive results from this partnership. “It is very exciting for me to see the progress and passion of new and existing nurses who work with older adults,” Val explains.

Amy Cotton, FNP, director of Rosscare, said, “Val’s project leadership is a great example of the profound influence gerontological nurses have on healthcare today. I feel fortunate that we are able to partner with local academic and nursing home settings to bring experts like Val in to help improve the skills these future nurses will need to care for older adults.”

National Gerontological Week is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Gerontological Nursing Association (www.ngna.org).

In partnership with First Atlantic Corporation, Rosscare owns and operates long-term care facilities such as Ross Manor and Stillwater Health Care in Bangor, Colonial Health Care in Lincoln, Dexter Health Care in Dexter and Katahdin Health Care in Millinocket. Rosscare also offers services to help seniors live independently, such as Telecare, a free service offering daily check-in calls, Lifeline Medical Alert service, and the Center for Healthy Aging.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Rosscare main office

Telephone Number: (207)973-7094

Website: http://www.rosscare.org

Email: kcashman@emh.org