Dementia & Palliative Education Network

 

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

4. Increasing visibility of dementia-nurses

WHY NURSING AND DEMENTIA?

Standing African American female nurse with stethoscope smiling at older white male patient in bed

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.

WHAT’S NEW WITH DPEN?