Great Plains QIN Webinar: Helping Long-Term Care Residents Keep Their Shine | March 19, 2024

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Nearly 37% of adults worldwide have vitamin D levels below the recommended amounts, according to research published in the journal Metabolites. In the U.S., studies have found that 14% to 18% of adults have low levels of vitamin D.

Without enough vitamin D, bones may become weak and brittle over time. Other signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include muscle weakness, fatigue and a weakened immune system. Some also report changes in their mood and ability to concentrate. If this deficiency is overlooked, these symptoms could lead to further problems like falls and misdiagnosis then leading to possible antipsychotic use.

Some people are more at risk for too little intake or absorption of vitamin D, including older adults; specifically, those in long-term care facilities. In this Webinar, Dr. Beth Sanford will share how we can improve resident and patient outcomes through a better understanding of Vitamin D testing and vitamin D education and new established guidelines within healthcare communities can establish solid professional preventative practices, while addressing a safe, effective, low-cost intervention that can make a big health impact. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST

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  • Understand the basis for scientific recommendations for vitamin D – 25(OH)D – concentrations of 40-60 ng/mL. 
  • Understand determinants of health that impact long-term care residents’ 25(OH)D serum concentrations. 
  • Learn how to robust serum 25(OH)D concentrations can impact LTC resident and staff’s physical and mental health outcomes. 


Beth SanfordDr. Beth Sanford, DNP, RN, ACN, CLCProfessor of Nursing | F/M ATI Champion | NCLEX Coach, Doctor of Nursing Practice in Public Health and Policy, specializing in vitamin D translational research

Dr. Beth Sanford graduated with her BSN and MSN in Rural Health Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education from the University of North Dakota. Most recently, Beth completed her DNP in Public Health and Policy from Rasmussen University, focusing on vitamin D translational research. She has worked as a Hospice Nurse, a Migrant Health Nurse, a Public Health Nurse, a Community Health Educator, and a Nurse Manager in Long-Term Care and Memory Care. These roles shaped her love for vulnerable and underserved populations, as well as for primary prevention. In 2020, she obtained a post-graduate certificate in Applied Clinical Nutrition to better educate future nurses, colleagues, patients, and the public about the principles of integrative nutrition and advocate for vitamin D deficiency education in North Dakota.

Event Details

  • March 19, 2024
  • 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM

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Event Type

  • Virtual


  • Great Plains Quality Innovation Network


  • Quality Health Associates of North Dakota


  • Quality
  • Director of Nursing
  • Physicians
  • Community Education

Organization Types

  • Critical Access Hospital (CAH)
  • Long Term Care (LTC)
  • Rural Health Clinic (RHC)
  • Public Health
  • Home Health / Hospice
  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
  • Healthcare Stakeholder Organization
  • Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)