TRANSFORMING DEMENTIA CARE
The goal of the Dementia and Palliative Education Network is to transform nursing education to strengthen care for people living with dementia. DPEN does this in 4 main ways:
1. Educating future clinicians
2. Training practicing nurses
- Intensive dementia-focused training for practicing registered nurses
3. Supporting care partners
- Preparing healthcare providers for complex medical management in dementia
- Creating care partner support materials
4. Increasing visibility of dementia-nurses
- Queen Silvia Nursing Award
- Dementia and Palliative Education Network Summit
WHY NURSING AND DEMENTIA?
Dementias are prevalent, debilitating conditions with far-reaching health and social effects. An aging US population means that there will likely be a 50% increase in demand for dementia care by 2025. But large gaps exist in the US healthcare system for people living with dementia.
With almost four million registered nurses (RN’s) – the largest part of the US healthcare workforce – nurses are ideally positioned to lead dementia care transformation.