• 2014 Annual Conference
  • Student Abstracts

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.

American Delirium Society 4th Annual Conference

Safe Management of Behavioral Disorders in Extended Care
Embassy Suites Baltimore - Inner Harbor and Grand Historic Venue
Baltimore, Maryland

June 2, 2014 8:00am—12:00pm

More than half of nursing facility residents have some form of dementia, many of whom experience behavioral and psychological symptoms, such as delirium. These behaviors, can pose significant challenges for the staff and residents. Over 25% of patients in nursing facilities in the United States receive antipsychotic medications. While these drugs have many legitimate uses, they are often used inappropriately in nursing facilities to treat behavioral disorders associated with dementia. In March 2012, CMS launched a nursing facility quality initiative to decrease the off-label use of antipsychotics.

This workshop will provide attendees with:
  1. an understanding of how and why these drugs have been used to manage behavioral symptoms and the risks associated with their use in older adults,
  2. innovative approaches to managing challenging behaviors,
  3. insight into the current regulatory environment, and
  4. tools for effectively managing behavioral disorders and maintaining a safe environment of care for both residents and staff.
Download the brochure for more information

Request for Proposals

Please review the RFP for Patient & Caregiver Education for Stroke Risk Reduction in Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation. For consideration, please be sure that your proposal addresses all of the questions posed in the attached document. The deadline for proposal submission is 5/16/2014.

Please submit your proposal using the sponsorship and support for specific activities application available at: http://bms.com/responsibility/grantsandgiving/Corporate_Giving/Pages/Sponsorships.aspx

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.

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.