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CLC students attend geriatric nursing event

Connie Frisch, Central Lakes College director of nursing, and Staples Campus Associate Degree nursing students Michelle Hart of Wadena and Autumn Urbanski of St. Cloud, attended a gerontology enrichment event April 13 in Fergus Falls, where they joined nursing students from 10 other college and university programs in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota to further develop expertise in geriatric nursing.

Hart is a 1995 graduate of New York Mills High School. Urbanski is a 1996 graduate of Little Falls High School.

The 55 students were accepted for the event because of their investment in geriatric nursing. They were given the opportunity to expand their leadership skills as well as their knowledge in geriatric nursing. Students participated in learning activities designed to strengthen their school's curriculum in geriatric nursing.

Laurissa Stigen, M.S., executive director of the sponsoring Central Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), said the organization's mission is to "strengthen the health professions workforce in Central Minnesota through collaborations with communities and academic partners that support life-long learning and ensure a future generation of health professionals."

The event was held because the population of persons more than 65 years old in Minnesota will more than double between now and 2035. In fewer than 20 years, almost a quarter of the population will have celebrated a 65th birthday.

Other schools represented were Alexandria Technical and Community College, College of St Benedict, Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, M-State of Detroit Lakes, M-State of Fergus Falls, M-State of Moorhead, M-State of Wadena, North Dakota State University and St. Cloud State University.