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2015 Annual NICHE Conference
Innovation Through Leadership   |   April 14-17
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Lake Buena Vista, FL

The 2015 Annual NICHE Conference is a four-day event highlighting evidence-based innovations, research, and networking opportunities. The NICHE Program supports hospitals and other healthcare facilities in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times - quality care of older adults.

Join us and learn how to drive innovations that improve care across the continuum and lead change in your organization's approach to healthcare for our aging population.

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Call for Leadership Nominations

NGNA is now accepting nominations for leaders to join in advancing the organization’s mission. NGNA Board Members are responsible for setting the organization’s direction, ensuring necessary resources, providing industry expertise and much more.

The future of NGNA is in your hands. Help steer the organization and the profession in the right direction by nominating yourself or a colleague to serve on the NGNA Board of Directors.

Nominations are being sought for the following NGNA offices:
  • Secretary
  • Director at Large (2 positions)
  • Nominating Committee (2 positions)
Headquarters must receive nominations no later than March 20, 2015, in order to be considered by the Nominating Committee. All current NGNA members are eligible to be nominated. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nomination does not guarantee that a person's name will appear on the final slate.

If you or someone you know may be interested in a leadership position with NGNA, click here!
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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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Upcoming Webinar on February 26th

Mark Your Calendar! The NGNA Webinar: Break Free: Fighting Fragility Fractures will take place on Thursday, February 26that 1:00 pm EST. To register for the webinar, click here.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the scope of the impact of fragility fractures
  • Identify intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to fragility fracture
  • Discuss two screening tools for identifying individuals at risk for fragility
  • Identify common consequences of fragility fracture
  • Review pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities for prevention and treatment of fragility fractures
  • Summarize follow up care issues to maximize quality of life and reduce risk of secondary fracture

The faculty members for this activity are:

Moderator
Anita Meehan, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, FNGNA
CNS, Geriatrics; NICHE Director
Akron General Medical Center
Akron, Ohio

Presenters
Karen Hertz, RN, BSc (Hons), MSc
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
University Hospital of the North Midlands
Stoke on Trent, England, United Kingdom

Ami Hommel, RN, CNS, PhD
Associate Professor
Lund University
Department of Orthopaedics
Skane University Hospital
Lund, Sweden

Valerie MacDonald, RN, BSN, MSN, ONC
CNS, Fraser Health Authority
Burnaby Hospital Administration
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

There is no conflict of interest for any planner or presenter of this activity.
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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.