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Driving and Aging: Recognizing Risks and Safety Behind the Wheel

  • 10/12/2023
  • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • St. Paul, MN or virtual

Faith Community Nurse Network

“Driving and Aging: Recognizing Risks and Safety Behind the Wheel”

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM | IN-PERSON or LIVE via Microsoft Teams|

Education Center | Community Health & Wellness Hub

M Health Fairview | 45 W. 10th St. | St. Paul

With each passing day we all age—causing physical and cognitive changes that can affect many activities of daily living, including driving.  In this session, you’ll learn how to assess those changes as well as the actions that can be taught to aging drivers to mitigate their risks.  You’ll learn about valuable resources and what to do if someone if “turned in” to the Department of Vehicle services.

Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standard 5B:  Health Teaching and Promotion.  The faith community nurse employs strategies to promote health and a safe environment.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
1. Identify changes that accompany aging which may affect driving behaviors.
2. Use cognitive screening tools that identify drivers at risk of unsafe driving.
3. Describe actions that can be shared to increase safety when driving.
4. Locate resources that can assist others to make decisions and take actions related to driving safety.
5. Outline what happens when a driver is “turned in” to the Department of Vehicular Services.
6. Discuss emotional and spiritual care interventions to help persons who lose their ability to drive.

Speaker:  Joan Somes, PhD, RN-BC (Geriatrics) CEN, CPEN, FAEN worked at the bedside as well as a department educator for 40 years in the ERs of Divine Redeemer and St. Joseph’s hospitals in St. Paul, MN.  After retiring, she continued teaching and doing special projects for the MN Dept of Health and Dept of Transportation.  She currently is working on the 4th year of a MN Department of Transportation grant to increase older driver safety in Minnesota and has presented information about what is being done in Minnesota at national as well as local conferences.  Joan is the geriatric section editor of the Journal of Emergency Nursing and has authored numerous articles including “Building a Campaign to Increase Older Driver Safety” found in the November 2022 issue.

This symposium was designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing criteria for ​3 hours of continuing education for RNs. It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if the offering meets CE requirements for their profession.

This symposium provides 3.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours approved by the Spiritual Care Association Nursing Division (New York) which is accredited as a joint provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center #P0623 . Contact hours are valid in all 50 states for RN continuing education. To receive your certificate, you must complete the ANCC evaluation. This will be emailed to you within 24 hours after this symposium. When you submit the ANCC evaluation, you will immediately receive the ANCC certificate. Please print or save this certificate immediately. (Contact FCNN ( if you do not receive the evaluation link.) Other professionals should check with their licensing organizations regarding contact hour eligibility. Please also complete the FCNN evaluation that will be emailed to you. This evaluation is important feedback for our speakers and for the FCNN Education Committee. Thank you!

Disclosure to Learners: It has been determined that there are no financial relationships with any individuals in a position to control content of this course.

Registration & Cost

  • Cost of individual symposiums (MN FCN $35, Out of MN FCN $45, Non FCN $45, Student $15)
  • Registration closes 72 hours prior to the program start time
  • When registering, you will be asked to select In-Person or Virtual.


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