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President's Message: "Renew and Refresh!"

By Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA

Welcome to summer! A time of taking a well-deserved “break” (vacation), visiting friends and family, watching fireworks, and of fostering personal renewal. This is the time of year I catch up on my journal reading, attempt to write those two articles I put off all winter, contemplate applying for a DNP program or maybe a PhD program, and decide what Fall nursing conferences to attend.

Speaking of conferences, NGNA’s 2014 Annual Conference, themed NGNA on the Riverwalk: Spur Your Passion for Older Adults, is now available for registration. Our annual gathering will be in the great state of Texas, along the famed San Antonio Riverwalk. We are offering up to 16 CEU credit hours.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), in 2008, focused attention on the geriatric health care workforce in Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. One of the key recommendations was to train more health care providers in the basics of geriatrics. Another recommendation was the need for “all health care organizations to ensure that nurses continue their education and engage in lifelong learning to gain competencies needed.” These recommendations echo what was stated in the 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing:Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Knowledge and skill, through education, involves nurses throughout the world engaging in the art and science of nursing. Examples include maintaining membership in professional organizations, such as the American Nurses Association and State Nursing Associations as part of our commitment to nursing. Also, involvement in and attending as many conferences as time and budget will allow is valuable for professional growth. Additionally, maintaining a current knowledge base of evidence-based practice protocols/guidelines for practice and teaching is essential. You can add to your current knowledge base by attending our conference where you will hear national and local thought leaders, gain valuable resources and learn of new industry innovations. Come and be inspired by the amazing work our colleagues are engaged in around the country. Meet your peers. Renew and refuel your passion for gerontological nursing. And, above all else, have fun!

All the best,
 
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA
President

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2015 Annual NICHE Conference



The 2015 Annual NICHE Conference is a four day event highlighting evidence based innovations, research and networking opportunities. The goal is to deliver support to hospitals and other healthcare facilities in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times - quality care of older adults.

Join NICHE and learn more about taking a leadership role in the care of older adult patients. Find out how to drive innovations that improve care across the continuum and lead change in your organization's approach to healthcare for our aging population. For more information please visit: http://conference2015.nicheprogram.org/
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Call for Student Poster Abstracts OPEN!

Click here to submit your abstract.

Deadline: Friday, August 22, 2014

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) invites all undergraduate and graduate nursing students actively enrolled in a nursing program at any level to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, from October 2-4, 2014.

Abstracts are sought from undergraduate and graduate nursing students who plan to specialize in the care of older adults in all areas of clinical practice, administration, research, and education. We welcome abstracts that emphasize all settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living, home health, community health, hospice, schools of nursing, government and military, and industry.
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Externship Opportunity: VCU Massey Cancer Center (Richmond, VA)

This is a week-long mentored immersion course with national faculty in a well-recognized palliative care program. It is targeted for novice A.P.R.N.s or A.P.R.N.s new to palliative care. This externship focuses on adult patients and their families.

A.P.R.N.s are part of the solution for access to palliative care in health care reform. However, many A.P.R.N.s have not had clinical training in palliative care. The goal of this project is to provide palliative education to A.P.R.N.s to have them bring palliative care to their community. The course includes pain and symptom management in clinical practice, communication building, quality, program development and professional development.

There are only 12 externship spots, 6 participants in each cohort. The program is competitive. Selection into the program will be based on geography, entry level into practice, practice setting, and the applicant’s ability to describe their potential impact on his or her community, as well as numerous locations. Applications accepted until August 15, 2014.

For more information, click here.
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AHRQ Webinar Series

This series of Webinars aims to provide nurse administrators and nurse educators guidance on training using the materials covered in AHRQ’s Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities Training Modules.

Target Audience: Nurse administrators and nurse educators who provide staff training to first-line care staff, or who work closely with staff at long-term care facilities.

Presenter: Marian D. Edmiston, DEd, MSN, RN-BC

More information and no cost registration available at: http://ce.ahrq.gov/nurses/.