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Facilitated Learning to Advance Geriatrics Programs

September 19-20, 2014 | Boston, MA
October 17-18, 2014 | Worthington-Scranton, PA
February 13-14, 2014 | Boca Rotan, FL

The Facilitated Learning to Advance Geriatrics (FLAG) program is a nationally recognized faculty development experiential workshop designed for nurse educators in prelicensure programs.

To learn more about the FLAG Program, please visit http://www.flagprograms.org, or download the flyer.
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Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations Joins AARP in Support of the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act to Improve Hospital Care Transitions

The Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO), whose membership includes over 28,700 nurses in long term care, joins AARP in support of the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act. The CARE Act codifies state law to assure each hospitalized patient has an opportunity to designate a caregiver in the hospital record, which action research has shown improves care transitions back into the community. Follow this on twitter with Elaine Ryan, AARP Vice President of State Government Affairs. Her handle is @Romethedomes. The CARE Act was passed by the OK state legislature in May, 2014 with the support of the Oklahoma Nurses Association.

AARP conducted research with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s program Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) which has embedded geriatric models of care in over 470 hospitals across the country. They found that support of the caregiver improved both the caregiver and patient hospital experience. The key elements of the CARE Act include, designation of a caregiver in the hospital record, notification of the caregiver in a reasonable time prior to discharge, review of the discharge plan and demonstration by the caregiver that the care can be provided.

While the CARE Act applies to all hospitalized patients, frail elders with multiple chronic needs account for the vast majority of unnecessary rehospitalizations which cost Medicare $ 17 billion last year. Most post hospital care will continue to be provided by unpaid family or friend caregivers. They need as much support as the patient to prevent bad outcomes. Implementing the CARE Act in each state will provide a system for enhancing caregiver support.

Contact: Sarah Burger @ sgburger@rcn.com for questions about CGNO activities including staffing recommendations in long term care.
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Hillman Foundation Launches New Innovations in Care Program

RFP is released for multi-million dollar initiative supporting transformative, nursing-driven models of care.

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has launched the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, which will provide over $3 million in funding over the next five years to nursingAdriven models of care that target vulnerable populations. The foundation has released a Request for Proposal that can be downloaded from the foundation website.
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NGNA at NICHE 2014



NGNA was well represented at the 2014 Annual NICHE Conference in San Diego, CA April 6-8, 2013. President Mary Rita Hurley, Vice President Joanne Aldermann, Director-at-Larger Linda Hassler and member Jeanne St. Pierre were in attendance for the three day conference. The main goal of the NICHE Conference is to focus on improving the quality care of older adults, which is comparable to NGNA's Purpose. The information received by the previously mentioned attendees will be passed down throughout NGNA.
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NW NGNA Welcomes NGNA President at March Educational Program

You are Invited to the NGNA Northwest Chapter March Educational Program:
Technological Advances of Aging in Place & Welcome President of NGNA Mary Rita Hurley!

Thursday, March 20th
6 pm – 8 pm
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N Highlands Pkwy, Tacoma, WA 98406

Speakers: Tours of Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community and Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA
Cost: Free!
Light dinner and certificates of attendance provided

Please RSVP by Monday, March 10th so we have a close count for our hosts at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/hilderme/227460