Stephanie Zeman, RN, MSN, started working in dementia care in 1989. Her twenty-plus years of experience in this area began with floor nursing and culminated with Director of Nursing, who was charged with creating two 20-bed dementia units. Zeman chaired a committee that developed the original training manuals for the Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (now the National Capital Area Chapter) and is on their speakers bureau.
Zeman has taught classes and seminars on dementia care, spoken several times at the National Alzheimer’s Educational Conferences, functioned as a nurse expert witness in cases involving abuse of dementia patients in long-term care facilities, and worked with the Justice Department in nursing home surveys.
Zeman recently wrote a book about her concept of common-sense dementia care. Kisses for Elizabeth: Common Sense Guidelines for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care received the Today’s Caregiver magazine’s 2013 award.
Her website, kissesforelizabeth.com, presents three of over forty true stories about her patients, what they taught her, and how common-sense care was used to change negative behaviors and improve their quality of life.