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NGNA President-Elect Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA Directs $148,000 State Grant for Nursing Home Staff Geriatric Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recently announced the awarding of a State of Oklahoma and Federal (CMS) grant to fund the creation of the first in the U.S. geriatric education program for nursing home staff. Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA, is project director of the $148,000 grant and manager of Geriatric Collaborative Care Nursing Services (GCCNS-LLC) here.

The purpose of the program is to provide geriatric training to non-clinical staff, certified nurse aides (CNA), certified medication aides (CMA), and nurses (LPN & RN) using the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program model. The model facilitates early recognition of geriatric syndromes and chronic diseases in the frail older adult.

Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla., a NICHE designated hospital, is sponsoring the two Tulsa nursing homes involved in the project: Oklahoma Methodist Manor and Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care.

According to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, “the breadth and depth of geriatric education and training for healthcare professions remain inadequate and despite some improvements, geriatrics principles are still too often insufficiently represented in healthcare training curricula and clinical experiences focused on gerontology are not robust.”

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Hagerstown Community College presents Gerontological Nursing Review

Hagerstown Community College presents Gerontological Nursing Review with Carol Rauen RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, CEN, RN-BC.

When: Wednesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 24, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This course is intended for nurses who are planning to take the ANCC Gerontological Nursing Certification Exam. The lectures will cover all body systems, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment strategies, and treatment options that are unique for care of older adults.

Registration:To register, call 240-500-2236 or visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/coned for more information.

To view the event flyer, click here.
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2015 NICHE Conference



April 14-17
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin,
Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Meridian Health Ann May Center for Nursing

SAVE THE DATE!

Meridian Health Ann May Center for Nursing Presents Our Annual Geriatric Evidence-Based Practice NICHE Conference.

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club Farmingdale NJ.

For more information, please call 732-481-8572 or e-mail annmaycenter@meridianhealth.com

To view the event flyer, click here.

*Brochure to follow
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Hartford Foundation Caregiving Story Contest

The John A. Hartford Foundation is seeking stories that bring to light the challenges facing family caregivers of older adults and demonstrate practical and proven ways to overcome difficulties and obstacles. The Foundation is looking for stories from family caregivers and health care providers that illustrate the strategies and solutions caregivers are using to effectively and gracefully care for older adults.

Submit your story, brief video, or photo essay by January 15, 2015 to be considered for the top prize of $3,000! You can find full contest details at http://www.jhartfound.org/get-involved/caregiving-story-contestThe

Hartford Foundation supports EWA and it is a good opportunity for nursing as it the winners are all over their website.

The deadline to submit is January 15, 2015.