Title of presentation:  Establishing a Career Ladder for Direct Care Workers
Vickie Ragsdale, MSN, RN
Director of Education, Buckner Retirement Services, Inc.

As the Director of Education Services for Buckner Retirement Services, Vickie provides oversight for education and quality improvement at Buckner's five campuses through out Texas. A registered nurse for 30 years, she has worked in long-term care for 13 years. She has recently co-authored a C.N.A. Career Ladder, facilitated the development of a continuing education program for licensed nursing staff and social workers. She has recently co-authored an Alzheimer's caregiver's manual for long-term care. Vickie serves on the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS) Advisory Committee. Vickie was appointed to the Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (TAHSA) Leadership Taskforce for 2008 and 2009. She serves as chair of the TAHSA Leadership Institute's subcommittee for program and curriculum development. Additionally, Vickie serves on the TAHSA Nurse Peer Group, and the Texas Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments Committee (SAGE) and serves as chair of the SAGE Education Committee. Vickie is completing her PhD in Nursing Systems through the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 2009.