Aroostook County – Medications and Sleep: The Connections and The Conflicts, will be the topic of the first TAMC Community Lunch and Learn/Healthy Aging Luncheon of the season on Monday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center. Entertainment and other activity will begin at 10:00 a.m., with lunch and the presentation to follow at 11:00 a.m.
Carrissa Hankins, FNP, a provider with TAMC’s Sleep Medicine Clinic, will discuss how medications impact sleep and provide attendees information on how to stay safe. She will also touch on the important questions that patients should ask their physician when beginning a new medication.
“For a lot of medications, timing of the dose can mean the difference between a medication working as desired, or seemingly not working at all; and being bothered by unwanted side effects, or using those side effects to one’s benefit. Sometimes the solution is as simple as changing the time of day that something is taken,” said Hankins.
Carrissa Hankins, FNP, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and the degree of Master of Science in Nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
In October 2009, Hankins joined TAMC and staffed The Clinic at Walmart and North Street Walk in Care until starting at TAMC Sleep Medicine in September 2011. She grew up in southern New Jersey and prior to relocating to Maine, she and her husband resided in Wallingford, Pennsylvania where she worked as a Registered Nurse. She has worked in long-term care, as a summer camp nurse, and as a clinical instructor for nursing. She completed a stateside tour of duty under Operation Enduring Freedom as a personnel specialist with the New Jersey Army National Guard in January 2005.
In her spare time, Hankins enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her husband and young daughter, as well as reading, working out, attending church, and visiting with family.
This month’s program at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center will feature music by the Wagoneers beginning at 10:00 a.m. and again during lunch. Staff from Crown Emergency Care will also be on hand prior to the lunch to provide blood pressure screening to any attendees.
The September 22 TAMC Community Lunch and Learn/Healthy Aging Luncheon, Medications and Sleep: The Connections and The Conflicts, is open to the public. Cost for the meal is $10 per person. Members enrolled in TAMC’s Senior Connection program only pay $5. On-site registrations are welcome. For more information about the event, or to reserve a seat, call (207) 768-4171.