• Membership

President's Message: Joanne Alderman, May 2016

By Joanne Alderman, MSN,RN,BC,APRN, FNGNA

NGNA Members…

I hope your day was productive and your patient's stable and safe. I watched an AOL segment: “Nurses don't get nearly enough credit for their awesomeness. In celebration of National Nurses Week, here are 11 extraordinary nurses who went above and beyond the call of duty.” There is a video included as well.

NGNA adds to the number of exceptional nurses…

So many nurses are practicing in our country and have not had an opportunity to study gerontological nursing.
  • The vast numbers of older adults in every healthcare system will continue to increase and be without nurses who understand how the older body and mind react to stress, pain, acute occurrences, exacerbation of chronic illnesses and adverse drug reactions (to name, but a few).
  • How many avoidable hospital admissions could be prevented with Nursing's' art and science of knowledgeable recognition, appropriate intervention and communication?
  • Yet, geriatric/gerontological education continues to not be recognized as an integral part of nursing education.
  • We encourage you to read NGNA's Position Paper: Essential Gerontological Nursing Education in Registered Nursing and Continuing Education Programs (February 2015).
Your Board of Directors, Committees, Special Interest Groups (SIGS), and Fellows are each committed to many hours, beyond their regular working hours:
  • Restructuring NGNA to intensify our goal to be The National Gerontological Nursing Association, who practices engagement of all levels of nursing, inclusive of the Interprofessional Team
  • Mentoring new members, reaching out, directing and sharing our vast resources.
Nursing, is constantly changing, and NGNA is changing as well:
  • Updating and refreshing our Web pages
  • Increasing Social Media
  • Geriatric Interprofessional Webinars that bring Evidence-Based Practice to assist in molding the careers of our members
  • Pharmacology Webinars for the Advanced Practice Nurse with CEUs
  • Restructuring our Chapters across the country
  • Conference speakers presenting state of the art advances in nursing
  • Demonstrating a Spirit of Service
  • Consistent opportunities for students to be engrossed in their desired skill
  • Members becoming increasingly engaged with the process of NGNA
We want our members to make a difference and have an impact in nursing and in gerontological nursing. Please join us as our Chair of Membership and Marketing, Linda Hassler, and her committee work diligently to have all current members reach out to their colleagues and students and have 4 new members sign up.

No matter what age group you are in, we want to know your needs and professional aspirations. We are here to:
  • Welcome you to NGNA
  • To become involved with all members
  • Be mentors from day one
  • Be The Presence working for the older adult, their families, caregivers and the communities where they live
What can NGNA do for you?

What do you need from your National Organization?

Remember how vastly important Nurses are to everyone – everywhere…

Please send comments and concerns to my email address below.

Sincerely, from one nurse to another,


Click here to view the AOL nurses video and 11 pictures.

Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association Call for Abstracts

A note from Mollie Cole, President-Elect of CGNA:

Hello NGNA colleagues – I met many of you at your wonderful conference last October and invited you to join us in Ottawa, Ontario Canada for our CGNA conference to be held May 4-6 2017. Our call for abstracts to the conference is open: Please consider submitting an abstract by following this link cgna2017.ca/abstracts/ - the deadline to apply is September 16, 2016. Any of the papers I attended at the NGNA conference would be ‘right at home’ at our CGNA conference!

Keep Up with NGNA on Social Media!

Have you liked NGNA on Facebook, followed us on Twitter and joined us on LinkedIn? If not, please do so now! NGNA is expanding its social media footprint by creating a more active and engaging online community.
Ultimately, a stronger online community will enrich your experience and the experience of our current members, as well as attract new members and voices to our cause!
For those new to Twitter, please
click here to read a "Twitter 101 Guide."

June's Webinar "Clinical Skills for LPNs and RNs in the LTC Setting: Falls and Dementia Care"

Register today for the upcoming webinar titled: Clinical Skills for LPNs and RNs in the LTC Setting: Falls and Dementia Care. This webinar is taking place on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm EST.

The webinar will cover clinical skills that are the focus of Quality Improvement Organizations for Long Term Care facilities. These skills include dementia care and reducing antipsychotic medications and improving mobility/reducing falls to reduce readmissions and poor outcomes for older adults.

Following this presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Review the importance of mobility and quality of life
  • Identify four underlying needs that may influence behavior in the older adult with dementia.
  • Plan a person-centered intervention for an older adult with dementia exhibiting need driven behavior.
To register online, click here. Please contact the NGNA National Office with any questions.

Beth Culross, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, CRRN, FNGNA, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Assistant Professor.

Jennifer J Yeager, PhD, RN, Tarleton State University; Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Nursing Program.

This activity has been submitted to Montana Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Montana Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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