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National Gerontological Nursing Association’s new tagline exemplifies mission, values

On May 5, 2013, the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) Board of Directors officially unveiled the new NGNA tagline, “Where Compassion Meets Purpose,” to showcase the membership’s dedication to improving the care of older adults.

“Compassion is the foundation of gerontological nursing and our mission is clear – to improve care for older adults,”  said NGNA President Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNGNA. “We finally have a tagline that truly captures our members’ passion and purpose.” 

NGNA advances its mission by providing educational products, networking opportunities and resources to its members, and by formally recognizing gerontological nursing excellence through the NGNA Awards program.

The tagline, “Where Compassion Meets Purpose,” also exemplifies NGNA’s position as the only nursing organization in the country serving nurses who care for older adults in all practice settings. NGNA’s primary focus is to increase both knowledge and compassion related to the clinical care of older adults.

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New site helps seniors get ready for their next job

NCOA has launched JobSource, an online portal to help older adults define their skills, get training, and find a job. The site includes a Job Match System, 32 free training courses, and a Job Search tool. It's one product of a partnership between NCOA and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

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Call for Awards Now Open – Deadline: May 15

Celebrate the Achievements of Your Fellow NGNA Members!
The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is proud to once again offer award and scholarship opportunities for the coming year. Awards will be presented at the 2013 NGNA Annual Convention in Clearwater, Florida. We are currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

Chapter Award
The Chapter Award honors the local chapter that best promotes the goals of NGNA through their member relationships, community activities and promotion of community health issues. All chapters are encouraged to submit an application for this award.

Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship
The Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship was established to provide assistance to NGNA members who wish to attend the annual convention but who need financial assistance with travel expenses.

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of NGNA in recognition of outstanding leadership, participation, and contributions toward achieving the goals of NGNA.

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award
The Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Awards has been established to recognize excellence in individuals who provide care to older adults. These awards are intended to honor an advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, and/or a certified nursing assistant who has consistently provided outstanding care to older adults and have been inspirational role models and mentors to other healthcare workers.

Gerontological Nursing Student Leadership Awards
This award is sponsored by the NGNA Fellows. Three nursing students will be awarded a scholarship to attend the annual convention. This is an exciting opportunity for students who will be our next generation of gerontological nurses.

Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship
The Mary Opal Wolanin Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to students intending to work with older adults. Applicants must intend to work in a gerontology/geriatric setting after graduation. A $500.00 scholarship may be awarded to the winner of both the graduate and undergraduate category.

If you know a fellow NGNA member who is deserving of one or more of these awards, please nominate him or her for recognition! The Awards Committee, led by Judi Hertz, has worked to provide a slate of awards that will recognize the accomplishments of a variety of members, as well as to give scholarships that are much needed.

Click here to access the application forms and criteria for each category. Please contact NGNA Headquarters with any questions. We look forward to receiving your nominations!

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Creating an age-friendly America

Is your community ready to age along with its residents? If not, check out a new set of resources from Community AGEnda, an initiative of Grantmakers In Aging. There’s a searchable online database of 200+ age-friendly projects and a curated selection of resources to promote stronger, age-friendly communities.

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2013 HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award Announced

PITTSBURGH, PA, MARCH 28, 2013—The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) has announced Susan C. McMillan, PhD ARNP FAAN, as the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Researcher Award. The HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated longevity and consistency in hospice and palliative nursing research presentations and publications in a variety of peer reviewed journals. This prestigious award was presented on March 16th at the 2013 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) / HPNA Annual Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. McMillan is Distinguished University Health Professor at the University of South Florida (USF), College of Nursing and the Center for Hospice Palliative Care and End of Life Studies. She founded the Center for Hospice Palliative Care and End of Life Studies at USF as a research interest group in 1996. The Center’s monthly meetings offer research support for doctoral students and faculty.

Dr. McMillan is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has also received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award given by Southern Nursing Research Society and the Award for Consistency and Excellence of Contributions to the Oncology Nursing Literature by the Oncology Nursing Society. Dr. McMillan has published a multitude of papers in refereed journals, focusing on symptom management and quality of life issues for patients and caregivers. As a member of the HPNA Research Committee, she contributed to development of the first HPNA Research Agenda 2009-2012.