Several of my current and former gerontology students at Marylhurst University are committed to the profoundly important work involved in end-of-life issues. Of interest to them, and perhaps some of you reading this blog, is an upcoming event sponsored by the Oregon Gerontological Association. Mary Ballantyne, RN CHPN will be speaking on the cultural aspects of end-of-life care.
Mary began her hospice career over 13 years ago. When she did her preceptorship at Hopewell House (many years ago), she knew this was the area of nursing she wanted to be a part of and contribute in some small way to the Dignity of Life. She is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care nurse, and had received her certificate in Training and Development from Marylhurst University. Mary is active in the community, she is the Chair of the Speaker’s Bureau for Senior Providers Information Network and is involved in various committees within the Providence System. Mary’s primary role with Providence Hospice is clinical educator for both East and West Providence Hospices. Her primary audiences are staff in nursing homes, Senior Centers, Colleges Adult Foster Homes as well as for the community. She hopes through her education she can help the care-givers and nurses continue the excellent work they do in caring for end of life patients.
Mary's presentation takes place Friday, September 18th, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. (yeah, I know, that's a bit early! But you can start the day with an inspired heart and mind!) in the Old Library @ Marylhurst University (www.marylhurst.edu).
For more information and to register for the workshop, visist the Oregon Gerontological Association web-site: www.oregongero.org