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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


NGNA/ABNF Webinar to be held Tuesday, December 16th

Mark Your Calendars! NGNA/ABNF Webinar to be held Tuesday, December 16th at 1:00 p.m. EST.

NGNA and the Association of Black Nursing Faculty (ABNF) are pleased to jointly present a webinar to their members on Tuesday, December 16th at 1:00 pm EST, titled Teaching Cultural Awareness to Nursing Students. To register for the webinar, click here.

The faculty member for this activity is:

Linda Hassler, RN, GCNS-BC, MSN, FNGNA
Clinical Associate Professor
Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey

This faculty member has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Linda Hassler is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Rutgers University. Previously, she developed the Cultural Ambassador program at Meridian Health in Neptune, New Jersey. She is a member of the Transcultural Nursing Society, and a Fellow with the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. Linda has been an active member of NGNA since 2007, and has previously served on its Board of Directors for two years as a Director-at-Large.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define ethnogeriatrics
  • Describe steps to enhance cultural awareness among nursing students

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

Nurse in Washington Internship

March 15-17, 2015
The Westin Crystal City
Arlington, VA

The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress. Legislative 'asks' will be provided for the attendees to practice with and present in their meetings with their members of Congress.

For more information, click here.

November 18 is National Memory Screening Day

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has developed The Road to Early Detection and Care* (AFA C.A.R.E.S.) program as part of its national initiative to promote early detection and intervention for those concerned about memory loss as well as to educate the public about successful aging.

Click here for more information

Geriatric Nursing Journal Call for Submissions

Consider submitting your manuscripts on innovative research or clinical work and projects relevant to care of older adults to Geriatric Nursing. Geriatric Nursing is one of our premier journals addressing the care of older adults and publications are disseminated widely to multiple association members including members of NGNA; the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association; the American Assisted Living Nursing Association; NICHE members; and the nursing members of the American Geriatric Society. In addition Geriatric Nursing has a wide electronic and individual subscription dissemination.

Addition Reasons to submit to Geriatric Nursing:
  • Terrific Impact Factor for a specialty nursing journal
  • Average first decision response time of 4 weeks
  • Average time from submission to acceptance of 6 months, including revisions
  • Opportunity to be recognized in your area of specialization
We invite and encourage student work and Doctor of Nursing Practice work as well as publications from dissertations and those engaged in ongoing research activities and advanced clinical work. Submissions should be forward to Ibby Tanner and Alyce Ashcraft.