Rita “Terri” Brandley

Terri is an experienced case manager with a passion for gerontology. Her thirty-four years of nursing experience include military nursing, wound care, catastrophic case management, traumatic brain injury, concussions, returning combat veteran injuries, concussions, and gerontology.  She successfully owned and operated her own case management/life care planning business in Louisiana until Hurricane Katrina.   Terri is a contributing author of several chapters in the Nurse Life Care Planner Core Curriculum text, including traumatic brain injury, amputations, pediatrics and legal aspects of life care planning.  She served in the military as a US Navy Nurse, and with returning combat veterans at the VA. She was the Program Director for the University of Kansas Concussion Center.  An effective change agent, Terri is an advocate for the older adult.  She is working to increase the quality, staff education, and other factors impacting the long-term care sector. Terri holds a Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Louisiana State University, and Certification in Case Management (CCM).  Terri is married, with five children, five grandchildren and two dogs. 

Dementia, Level 1: Dementia Capable CaregivingDiscover how different types of dementia affect the elderly within the long-term care population.  You will learn how to communicate effectively with dementia clients and their families, gain tools to recognize the signs/symptoms of dementia and delirium, how to respond effectively to challenging behaviors, and issues surrounding activities of daily living. You will be required to pass a written examination. This program meets the 2018 Washington State DSHS-approved mandatory “Dementia Specialty Training” requirement for your caregiving Health Services/ Nursing staff members.

Mental Health, Level 1: Capable Caregiving for Mental WellnessDiscover how different types of mental health issues affect the elderly and others in the long-term care population. You will learn about compassionate, trauma informed care, suicide prevention, respectful communication, and creative approaches to managing challenging behaviors. You will be required to pass a written examination. This program meets the 2018 Washington State DSHS-approved mandatory “Mental Health Specialty Training” requirement for your caregiving Health Services/ Nursing staff members.

Navigating Through Challenging BehaviorsDiscover methods and techniques to confidently care for a client with challenging behaviors which are emotionally and/or physically abusive towards staff. Learn techniques to identify triggers and redirect behaviors to avoid conflict.  Discuss how self-care impacts your responses to these situations and how to protect yourself from burnout. You will review different behaviors by demonstration, discussion and successfully passing the written test. This program meets the 2018 Washington State DSHS-approved mandatory “Navigating Through Challenging Behaviors” requirement for your caregiving Health Services/ Nursing staff members.

Nurse Delegation CoreNurse Delegation Core is designed for the Nursing Assistant or Home Care Aide to learn the basics of delegation, how to administer medication and perform specific health care procedures. You will learn about the laws that govern delegation and the importance of your role in the delegation process. You will be given the basic principles to properly and safely administer medications, perform specific procedures and provide specific treatments. You will be required to pass a written exam. This program meets the 2018 Washington State DSHS-approved mandatory “Nurse Delegation for Nursing Assistants and Home Care Aides” requirement for your caregiving Health Services/ Nursing staff members.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Strategies for Surviving and ThrivingDiscover methods and techniques to meet the challenges of caring for someone with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Learn what happens in the brain before and after TBI and the resulting mental and physical changes. Explore how to provide help and support to the resident and their family/ support system(s). This program meets the 2018 Washington State DSHS-approved course for your caregiving Health Services/ Nursing staff members.