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NGNA Members Inducted as Fellows of American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing has announced that 176 nurse leaders have been inducted as Fellows during the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference on October 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. The 2012 class of inductees is composed of the nation’s top nursing professionals, which include scholars, educators, and executives.

The following NGNA members were honored as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing:

Amy Cotton, MSN, APRN, GNP-BC, FNGNA
Judith Hertz, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Kristine Williams, PhD, RN, BC
Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN, CNN
Susan Loeb, PhD, RN

Selection criteria for Fellowship status includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, along with sponsorship by two Academy Fellows. Selection is also based on the impact that the nominees’ careers have had on health care and health policies.

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TeamSTEPPS for Long-Term Care

Improving the safety of health care is a key goal for health care organizations today. Coordination, interaction, and communication among clinical staff can reduce the number of medical errors in the hospital, nursing home, or medical office setting. TeamSTEPPS® for Long-Term Care, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DOD), is designed to support the training of health care personnel in team and communication skills to reduce patient safety risks and hazards in nursing homes.

TeamSTEPPS for Long-Term Care was created specifically for nursing home staff, but can be adapted and applied to other long-term care settings such as assisted living communities. This release is a new addition to the TeamSTEPPS curriculum, which has improving patient safety as its goal. It includes new materials to demonstrate how to use communication tools in quality improvement projects.

TeamSTEPPS Long-Term Care is available in DVD format and includes PowerPoint presentations, teaching modules, exercises, and video vignettes that can be used to train staff. In addition, it is available on AHRQ’s Web site. To order copies of the DVD, contact the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (800) 358-9295. Copies are also available at www.ahrq.gov/teamsteppstools/longtermcare.
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2013 NGNA Board of Directors

Please welcome your 2013-2014 NGNA Board of Directors – both new and returning members!

President
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA

Vice-President
Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA

Past President
Amy Cotton, MSN, APRN-BC, FNGNA

Secretary
Caryl Mayo, MS, RN, FNGNA

Treasurer
Jean M. Gaines, RN, Ph.D.

Director-at-Large
Melodee Harris, Ph.D., APN, GNP-BC

Director-at-Large
Joanne Alderman, MSN,RN,BC,APRN, FNGNA

Director-at-Large
Elizabeth "Ibby" Tanner, Ph.D., RN, FNGNA

Director-at-Large
Linda Hassler, RN, MS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

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NGNA Award Winners

The following NGNA members were honored at the 2012 Awards Luncheon, which took place during the annual convention at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Congratulations to these deserving award winners!

Distinguished Service Award
Martha B. Sparks, PhD, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – APRN
Claudia Chaperon, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – RN
Erin Ament, RN

Judith Braun Excellence in Research Award

2012 Finalists:
Todd Monroe, PhD, RN-BC
Assessing Advanced Cancer Pain in People with Dementia at End-of-Life

Nancy B. Lerner, DNP, RN
RN Staffing and Quality in Nursing Homes

Award Presented To: Todd Monroe, PhD, RN-BC

Innovations in Practice Award

2012 Finalists:
Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC
The 3D Room: Educating nurses on delirium in their practice environment

Susan J. Gordon, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, FGNLA
Bedside Coaching to Improve Nurses’ Recognition of Delirium

Sheila B. Delp, RN,MSN,GCNS-BC
Telephone Calls After Discharge to Assess and Clarify Discharge Instructions

Tamara L. Burket, MS,ACNS-BC,GCNS-BC,CCRN,FGNLA
Transitioning Elders Across the Continuum of Healthcare: Let the STARS (Safety, Teamwork, Advocacy, Rounding, & SPICES) Guide Older Adults to a Safe Harbor

Award Presented To: Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC

Recognition of Scholarship Recipients

Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship
Graduate Student Recipient: Nicole Ortiz

Undergraduate Student Recipient: Rachel Mjones

Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship
Kelley Isringhaus, RN

Best Poster
EBP Category: Suzanne Fehr, RN-BC, MS, NE-BC and Joselin Bodaghi
Zero Pressure Ulcers

Research Category: Carol Enderlin, PhD, RN and Janet Rooker, MNSc., RNP
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Sleep Quality and Mood in Community-Dwelling Older Women with and without Breast Cancer

Student Poster: Ted Bailly, BSN, RN and Karen Yancopoulos
Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry

Student Leadership Award
Graduate Student Recipient: Shalome Tomelli
Undergraduate Student Recipients: Claire Knaplund (recognized at convention); Lauren Schulze

Conferment of 2012 NGNA Fellows:
Sheila Delp, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, ACNS-BC
Sarah Jean Fisher, BA, RN-BC, MSN
Melodee Harris, PhD, APN, GNP-BC
Linda J. Hassler, RN, MS, GCNS-BC
Jeanne St. Pierre, MN, RN, GCNS-BC
Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, BC
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NGNA Release Position Paper on Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education

NGNA has released a position paper on Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education in all Registered Nursing Programs and Gerontological Nursing Continuing Education for all RNs in the US. The intent of this position statement is to affirm the need to mandate that all registered nursing education programs offer stand-alone didactic and clinical courses in gerontological nursing as part of the undergraduate curriculum. Further, that all registered nurses should be required to participate in a geriatric continuing education event for continued licensure. All nurses will care for older adults during their career either professionally or personally regardless of their specialty. The challenge of the 21 st century for nursing is to educate the profession about the geriatric population for best practice.

Download the position paper