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Important Letter to NGNA Members from NGNA Leadership

Dear NGNA Members,

On behalf of the NGNA Board of Directors, we are sending all NGNA members a letter requesting your direct assistance in helping us promote an Enriched NGNA!
 
We are certain you have noted that our convention attendance has decreased over the past 5 years. This change can be attributed to: the increasing retirements in our nursing workforce, our country’s economic challenges, the financial impact of Medicare and Medicaid changes on our healthcare facilities and providers, and the decrease in nurses entering a focused gerontological practice with certification. Additionally, our hospitals, LTC facilities and educational institutions are no longer in a position to fund nurses’ attendance at conferences or conventions.
 
Although it is difficult to put these words to paper, as President and the leadership of your organization, we want all of the members to understand that NGNA is at a critical juncture. We must increase our membership in order to assure our ongoing survival. The actions we take now will strengthen NGNA’s current mission. It is so important that every member of NGNA understand the role and pride of membership in this organization.
 
NGNA is the only national nursing association dedicated to practice, education and research focused on the older adult in the USA. Our association is incredibly important for both our gerontological nurses and our gerontological patients at their point of care, wherever that may be. As nurses we advocate for the health of our nation ... One person, one community, one state at a time. NGNA is a perfect avenue for this work. The population of Older Adults ... the fastest growing population in our neighborhoods, localities, and states will continue to grow profoundly over the coming years. “We need this avenue ... our nation’s older adults need this avenue. NGNA is the communication link for our practice, education, and research surrounding gerontological nursing.”
 
We need every current NGNA member helping us to spread the word about our association and its importance in today’s healthcare environment for the health of our nation’s older adults. In order to continue the critical work of NGNA as noted above, we are asking that YOU help us with our “4-to-Soar” membership campaign during the next year. If each one of US brings in four (4) new NGNA members, our association’s ability to enhance the care of the older adult will soar. Again, we are dedicated to educating nurses, preparing them to meet the challenge of the huge influx of older adults, their families and caregivers through 2050 and beyond. To download the membership brochure, click here.
 
NGNA NEEDS AND WANTS TO GROW. Please work with me, and your Board of Directors, to accomplish this mission in order to provide NGNA members with the tools they need to move NGNA forward by demonstrating their skill and knowledge in the care of Older Adults!
 
Sincerely,


Joanne

Joanne Alderman,
President, NGNA

Mary Rita Hurly
Immediate Past President

Elizabeth "Ibby"Turner
Secretary

Sandra Kuebler
Treasurer

Denise Lyons
Director-at-Large

Linda Hassler
Director-at-Large

Jackie Close
Director-at-Large

Sharon Stahl Wexler
Director-at-Large

Kathy Ennen
Research and Education Committee
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NGNA Sponsor Prospectus Now Available


Connect Yourself with Your Target Audience With the extreme competitiveness in today’s world, it is imperative that you network yourself and your business in order to gain an edge on the competition. This year’s will give you a great opportunity to do just that, as over 200 gerontological nurses are expected to be in attendance. There are countless benefits you could gain from attending this year’s convention. Click here for more information.
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Update from Advancing Excellence, March 2016 Newsletter

Updates on the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care
MLN Connects call schedule:
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) approach join forces to deliver informative calls that are beneficial for a variety of audiences. Join the next call from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 28th.

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Trend Update
The Partnership quarterly update indicates that as of 2015Q3, there has been a decrease of 27 percent in the national prevalence of antipsychotic medication use in long-stay nursing home residents.
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Upcoming NGNA Webinar - Register Today!

*Please note, this webinar is for NGNA members only.*


Spotlight on Nursing Practice: LPNs and RNs in the Nursing Home Setting
 
Part 1: Leadership, Communication and the Healthcare Environment
 
Thursday, April 7, 2016
2:00 pm EST/1:00 pm CST
 
This activity is designed for LPNs and RNs in the LTC setting. Leadership skills for LPNs in the LTC environment, and their role in the care of older adults, will be emphasized.
 
At the conclusion of this activity, attendees will be able to:
  • State different communication styles in the work environment.
  • Describe the role of the LPN in the current health care environment.
  • Identify the role of the LPN in Team Building. 
Presenters:
Cheryl Kruschke, EdD, MS, RN, CNE
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Regis University
NGNA LTC SIG Co-Chair
Denver, CO 
 
Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC
Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
NGNA LTC SIG Co-Chair
Milwaukee, WI
 
Click
here to register online for this activity. You will be sent login details with confirmation, upon registering online.
 
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
 
Coming in May: Part 2: Safety Improvement with Fall and Infection Prevention