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2014 Abstract Submission

The National Gerontological Nursing Association invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2014 Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas October 2-4, 2014.

Abstracts are sought from nurses and other disciplines that specialize in the care of older adults in all areas of clinical practice, administration, research, and education. Abstracts are welcomed from those working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living, home health, community health, hospice, schools of nursing, government and military, and industry.

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New Health Resources and Services Administration Report

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Division of Nursing (DN) is pleased to announce the publication of a special Public Health Reports (PHR) supplement entitled “Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health.” The supplement aims to increase understanding of the potential impact of linking nursing workforce diversity, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. The articles featured in the supplement advance scholarly inquiry around the intersecting goals of increased workforce diversity, fair and equal access to quality health care and health care resources, elimination of health disparities, and achieving health equity.

Achieving health equity for all requires a collective effort across all disciplines and all sectors (including those outside of health care). Therefore the supplement takes a cross-disciplinary approach to examining efforts and work underway to address health disparities and health equity specifically within the context of the social determinants of health. The supplement provides stakeholders (including key federal staff) an opportunity to see how programs can incorporate workforce diversity, health disparities, and the social determinants of health.

New Toolkit for Gerontological Nursing: Flu + You

The NGNA Board of Directors encourages all NGNA members and like-minded professionals involved in gerontological nursing to join the National Council on Aging’s national campaign to educate older adults in their community about preventing the flu and their vaccine options. You can view the National Council on Aging’s website by clicking here. Once on the website, you can view the PSA and free materials, flu tips and resources and many more-All things that we encourage you to share widely.

For nurses, you will be able to find the Toolkit for Professionals “Flu + You Program–in-a-Box.” This toolkit includes PDF downloads for a presentation, brochure, handouts, posters and Spanish language materials. The website is a great resource for anyone involved in gerontological nursing, and we encourage everyone to view and share this information as widely as possible.

Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy Call for Applicants

Developed through a partnership between the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and The John A. Hartford Foundation, and currently funded by the Hearst Foundations and Hill-Rom, Inc., the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA) is an exciting, intense and career-changing 18-month experience for nurses who are committed to leading health care practice changes for older adults. The purpose of GNLA is to develop the leadership skills of geriatric nurses in positions of influence in a variety of health care settings. GNLA prepares geriatric nurses to effectively lead interprofessional teams to improve the quality of health care for older adults and their families.

STTI is now accepting applications for GNLA Cohort IV. Please visit the STTI website for more information.

Bigger and Better: Geriatric Nursing

I am thrilled to announce good news for the journal:
  • Geriatric Nursing's 2012 impact factor increased.
  • Because of font and format improvements, article content has increased 50%.
  • Geriatric Nursing has three articles among Elsevier's 25 top-selling articles in journals related to Geriatric Medicine.
Geriatric Nursing is dedicated to getting new and innovative information focused on care of older adults out to nurses and nurse researchers working across all levels of care. The journal is read by those working in long term care settings, acute care hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, as well as the community and researchers interested in improving the care provided and lives of older adults internationally. In addition to study and project outcome papers, please consider submitting manuscripts focused on methods related to research when working with older adults as well as specific aspects of projects and research studies. This could include such topics as: the theoretical support and description of an effective intervention, the development and testing of a new measure, or an innovative recruitment approach. We invite and encourage student work and will provide some level of guidance through the publication process. Please take the time to write up your work and share it with others so that we at Geriatric Nursing can help to improve the care and quality of life of our ever growing number of older adults in the United States and Internationally.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP