Module 3: When to Wait and When to Act

Module 3: When to Wait and When to Act 

Original Release Date: 
October 25, 2016 

Expiration Date: 
December 31, 2021

This webinar is not for credit.

The When to Wait and When to Act: Warning Signs of Oral Health Problems webinar is the third webinar in a series of four webinars. It is part of the MOTIVATE (Maine’s Oral Team-Based Initiative: Vital Access to Education) blended learning program.

The American Heart Association uses the phrase “Chain of Survival” to identify and describe the links or steps that need to be in place to improve the chance of survival and recovery for a person whose heart suddenly stops beating. In a similar way, there are key steps to put in place to spot oral health problems and provide timely treatment, with the goal of maintaining good oral health and reducing the chance oral health problems will need to be treated as emergency situations. This webinar provides information for the learner about data related to oral health needs for Maine’s older adults, medical and non-medical factors that contribute to oral health problems, uncovering signs and symptoms of oral health problems, including screening for signs and symptoms of oral cancer and the actions steps to take when an oral health problem is uncovered. Evidence based tools to guide dental screenings and daily mouth care for residents are also included.

Target Audience

This program is intended for interprofessional team members.

Learning Objectives

After completing module three, each member of the oral health care team will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

1. Identify residents who are at high risk for developing oral health problems.
2. Compare oral health symptoms that can be monitored to the oral health symptoms that need a rapid response by team members. 3. Summarize the action steps team members should take in response to oral health emergencies.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, and Mass General Brigham

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Taffeney "Taffy" Davis, MSN, RN-BC
Clinical Instructor
Franklin Memorial Hospital
Farmington, Maine

Taffy Davis is a clinical instructor at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine. She has been a registered nurse for 30 years and worked in emergency medicine, outpatient clinics and as a nurse manger of Surgical Services and Medical –Surgical units. She started her nursing career at Massachusetts General Hospital in orthopaedics.

Her interests lie in the science behind learning, as well as creating online learning for hospital based nursing. Taffy has developed an online Charge Nurse program with participation from acute care and long-term care facilities. She is currently building courses in Articulate. She has presented at the Association of Nurses in Professional Development (ANPD) 2014 annual conference on Barriers to Using Web Tools in Instructional Design and the creation of the top ten web tools list for instructional design. She is working on an online module with ANPD for a new Charge Nurse Program.

Taffy is an active member of the Association of Nurses in Professional Development and the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives-Nursing Leaders of Maine. She is a member of the Association of Talent Development and sits on the Western Maine Work Investment Board (Maine Dept. of Labor) and the University of Maine Farmington institutional review board.

Taffy is a graduate of Salem State College (now University) and completed a M.S.N. from Western Governor’s University. She has completed graduate courses in Methods of Online Learning and Foundations of Instructional Design.

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Carole MacKenzie, RN, BSN, M.Ed.
Professional Development Specialist
Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine

Carole MacKenzie is the Professional Development Specialist for the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine.  She brings to her role knowledge and skill sets from leadership positions across the continuum of care in academic medical center, community hospital, school health and public health settings. Prior to her appointment, she was the Director of Nursing Professional and Practice Development at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Director of School Health Services for the Needham Public Schools.

Carole has broad experience in developing and implementing professional development programs for nursing and interdisciplinary staff, continuous quality improvement processes, and academic and community-based partnerships, to advance health and educational initiatives. Patient and family-centered care, preceptor education and interprofessional collaborative practice are three of her areas of focus and study. Carole is a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

This webinar is not for credit.

Certificate of Program Participation and Successful Completion will be provided at the end of each learning module.  



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