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NGNA Releases National Standards Recommended to Prepare Nurses to Care for Older Adults

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce recommendations for improving educational preparation of registered nurses to care for older adults.

NGNA’s Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group developed a position statement in response to the growing numbers of older adults, estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to reach 20% of the total population by the year 2030.

“With less than 1% of the nation’s registered nurses certified in gerontological nursing, the need for strengthening the current and future nursing workforce to deliver excellent care to older adults is imperative,” says NGNA President Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA.

To read the entire Position Statement, click here.

President's Message: "Celebrate the Cycle of Life"

By Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA

As summer segues into Fall I am reminded of the beauty that the changing of the seasons brings. It is the life cycle of birth (Spring/Summer) and dormancy/death (Fall/Winter). As Gero nurses, we experience these changes within our practices every day. Most people outside our world are scratching their heads at this statement. Believing that all we see is sadness and death. It seems like we have a secret that we need to share about the richness and wonder of the lives we are privileged to serve. Just today a dear friend of mine who is 75 years young called me with incredible excitement about her new iPhone 6. She spoke very rapidly about how she needed the new features, especially the Blue Tooth as her new sports car has the technology. I asked why the IPhone and she stated that she needed it to synch with her IPad. So, new technology is just for “young” people? I think not. This is just one of many stories we all have about living well, living long.

In our society and culture unfortunately, ageism is alive and well. As Gero health advocates, we are on the front line of dispelling the myths and educating the public. I truly believe it is our duty. With over 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the United States, we are creating a mass cohort of baby boomers who are an amazing, productive, innovative group. Enough already with the “old people” jokes, cards, slights, and innuendos. It is not funny. It is disrespectful and uneducated. As a baby boomer and aging woman I am offended by the platitudes, the ‘ma’am’s, ‘you are too old to go back to school’, ‘shouldn’t you be retiring’, and ‘I am only concerned about your welfare’ comments.

No, I am not retiring anytime soon, yes, I am looking into grad school, and thank you for your concern but I am in a great space professionally. We have an amazing opportunity to set the example of living long, living well. Our next generation of nurses as well as patients, residents, and clients are counting on us. So, as the Fall leads into Winter, please take time for self-care and self-renewal. We need our health - physically, mentally, and spiritually - to continue our quest as advocates and a voice for older adults.

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


Upcoming Webinar on February 26th

Mark Your Calendar! The NGNA Webinar: Break Free: Fighting Fragility Fractures will take place on Thursday, February 26that 1:00 pm EST. To register for the webinar, click here.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the scope of the impact of fragility fractures
  • Identify intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to fragility fracture
  • Discuss two screening tools for identifying individuals at risk for fragility
  • Identify common consequences of fragility fracture
  • Review pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities for prevention and treatment of fragility fractures
  • Summarize follow up care issues to maximize quality of life and reduce risk of secondary fracture

The faculty members for this activity are:

Anita Meehan, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, FNGNA
CNS, Geriatrics; NICHE Director
Akron General Medical Center
Akron, Ohio

Karen Hertz, RN, BSc (Hons), MSc
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
University Hospital of the North Midlands
Stoke on Trent, England, United Kingdom

Ami Hommel, RN, CNS, PhD
Associate Professor
Lund University
Department of Orthopaedics
Skane University Hospital
Lund, Sweden

Valerie MacDonald, RN, BSN, MSN, ONC
CNS, Fraser Health Authority
Burnaby Hospital Administration
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

There is no conflict of interest for any planner or presenter of this activity.

NGNA President-Elect Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA Directs $148,000 State Grant for Nursing Home Staff Geriatric Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recently announced the awarding of a State of Oklahoma and Federal (CMS) grant to fund the creation of the first in the U.S. geriatric education program for nursing home staff. Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA, is project director of the $148,000 grant and manager of Geriatric Collaborative Care Nursing Services (GCCNS-LLC) here.

The purpose of the program is to provide geriatric training to non-clinical staff, certified nurse aides (CNA), certified medication aides (CMA), and nurses (LPN & RN) using the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program model. The model facilitates early recognition of geriatric syndromes and chronic diseases in the frail older adult.

Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla., a NICHE designated hospital, is sponsoring the two Tulsa nursing homes involved in the project: Oklahoma Methodist Manor and Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care.

According to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, “the breadth and depth of geriatric education and training for healthcare professions remain inadequate and despite some improvements, geriatrics principles are still too often insufficiently represented in healthcare training curricula and clinical experiences focused on gerontology are not robust.”


Call for Leadership Nominations

NGNA is now accepting nominations for leaders to join in advancing the organization’s mission. NGNA Board Members are responsible for setting the organization’s direction, ensuring necessary resources, providing industry expertise and much more.

The future of NGNA is in your hands. Help steer the organization and the profession in the right direction by nominating yourself or a colleague to serve on the NGNA Board of Directors.

Nominations are being sought for the following NGNA offices:
  • Secretary
  • Director at Large (2 positions)
  • Nominating Committee (2 positions)
Headquarters must receive nominations no later than March 20, 2015, in order to be considered by the Nominating Committee. All current NGNA members are eligible to be nominated. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nomination does not guarantee that a person's name will appear on the final slate.

If you or someone you know may be interested in a leadership position with NGNA, click here!