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NGNA Releases National Standards Recommended to Prepare Nurses to Care for Older Adults

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce recommendations for improving educational preparation of registered nurses to care for older adults.

NGNA’s Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group developed a position statement in response to the growing numbers of older adults, estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to reach 20% of the total population by the year 2030.

“With less than 1% of the nation’s registered nurses certified in gerontological nursing, the need for strengthening the current and future nursing workforce to deliver excellent care to older adults is imperative,” says NGNA President Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA.

To read the entire Position Statement, click here.
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2015 CGNA Biennial conference

Join us in Charlottetown from May 27-30 for the the 2015 CGNA Biennial conference - a national educational, research-based conference for professionals in the field of gerontological nursing! At this year's Conference we will cross bridges between disciplines, generations, and practices to overcome challenges and promote innovation in gerontological nursing.

Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount! Early bird discount has been extended to April 1, 2015. For more details on registration, please click here.

To view the event flyer, click here.

NGNA members are entitled to the CGNA member registration rate!
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NGNA Members' Article Published

NGNA President-Elect Joanne Alderman, MSN, RN, BC, APRN, FNGNA and former Vice-President Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA recently had their article, titled Why Be a Gerontological Nurse?, published in the National Student Nurses' Association's professional magazine, Imprint.

The article discusses the topic "Why work with older adults," potential career opportunities for nursing students and other important questions potential geriatric nurses may have but do not know who to ask.

To read the article, click here.
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Online Education Opportunities

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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.”