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NGNA 2016 Conference on Gerontology Call for Abstracts is OPEN! Submit Your Abstract Today!

The National Gerontological Nursing Association invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the NGNA 2016 Conference on Gerontology, taking place at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 23-25, 2016.

Submissions are due by Monday, May 9, 2016.
 
Abstracts will be accepted in the following categories:
  • Podium Presentations: General Topics: General topics for podium presentations. Abstracts will be accepted for the following presentation timeframes (please indicate timeframe when submitting):
    • Podium Presentation I (20 minute presentation);
    • Podium Presentation II (50 minute presentation);
    • Symposium (3-5 speakers and 90 minute presentation required)
  • Podium Presentations: Research Reports: Report on completed research, for presentations 15 minutes in length;
  • Research poster presentations (featuring completed research)
  • Evidence-Based Practice poster presentations (featuring novel clinical practices)
  • Quality Improvement (QIP)/Performance Improvement Projects (PIP)
  • Student Poster Presentations 
All authors are asked to submit an abstract relevant to one of the following topics:
  • Transitions in Care
  • Innovations and Strategies in Gerontological Education
  • Chronic Disease Management and the Older Adult
  • Quality and Safety Innovations in the Care of the Older Adult
  • Technological Advances in the Care of Older Adults
  • Special Aging Populations
  • Pharmacological Advances and Challenges
Visit ngna.org/2016-call-for-abstracts to view the Call for Abstracts guidelines and submit your abstract online.
 
Registration for the Conference on Gerontology will open in May. We look forward to receiving your abstract submissions!
 
 
For more information, contact: Courtney Devine, Meetings and Convention Director at cdevine@ngna.org.
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Keep Up with NGNA on Social Media!

Have you liked NGNA on Facebook, followed us on Twitter and joined us on LinkedIn? If not, please do so now! NGNA is expanding its social media footprint by creating a more active and engaging online community.
 
Ultimately, a stronger online community will enrich your experience and the experience of our current members, as well as attract new members and voices to our cause!
 
For those new to Twitter, please
click here to read a "Twitter 101 Guide."
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Important Letter to NGNA Members from NGNA Leadership

Dear NGNA Members,

On behalf of the NGNA Board of Directors, we are sending all NGNA members a letter requesting your direct assistance in helping us promote an Enriched NGNA!
 
We are certain you have noted that our convention attendance has decreased over the past 5 years. This change can be attributed to: the increasing retirements in our nursing workforce, our country’s economic challenges, the financial impact of Medicare and Medicaid changes on our healthcare facilities and providers, and the decrease in nurses entering a focused gerontological practice with certification. Additionally, our hospitals, LTC facilities and educational institutions are no longer in a position to fund nurses’ attendance at conferences or conventions.
 
Although it is difficult to put these words to paper, as President and the leadership of your organization, we want all of the members to understand that NGNA is at a critical juncture. We must increase our membership in order to assure our ongoing survival. The actions we take now will strengthen NGNA’s current mission. It is so important that every member of NGNA understand the role and pride of membership in this organization.
 
NGNA is the only national nursing association dedicated to practice, education and research focused on the older adult in the USA. Our association is incredibly important for both our gerontological nurses and our gerontological patients at their point of care, wherever that may be. As nurses we advocate for the health of our nation ... One person, one community, one state at a time. NGNA is a perfect avenue for this work. The population of Older Adults ... the fastest growing population in our neighborhoods, localities, and states will continue to grow profoundly over the coming years. “We need this avenue ... our nation’s older adults need this avenue. NGNA is the communication link for our practice, education, and research surrounding gerontological nursing.”
 
We need every current NGNA member helping us to spread the word about our association and its importance in today’s healthcare environment for the health of our nation’s older adults. In order to continue the critical work of NGNA as noted above, we are asking that YOU help us with our “4-to-Soar” membership campaign during the next year. If each one of US brings in four (4) new NGNA members, our association’s ability to enhance the care of the older adult will soar. Again, we are dedicated to educating nurses, preparing them to meet the challenge of the huge influx of older adults, their families and caregivers through 2050 and beyond. To download the membership brochure, click here.
 
NGNA NEEDS AND WANTS TO GROW. Please work with me, and your Board of Directors, to accomplish this mission in order to provide NGNA members with the tools they need to move NGNA forward by demonstrating their skill and knowledge in the care of Older Adults!
 
Sincerely,


Joanne

Joanne Alderman,
President, NGNA

Mary Rita Hurly
Immediate Past President

Elizabeth "Ibby"Turner
Secretary

Sandra Kuebler
Treasurer

Denise Lyons
Director-at-Large

Linda Hassler
Director-at-Large

Jackie Close
Director-at-Large

Sharon Stahl Wexler
Director-at-Large

Kathy Ennen
Research and Education Committee
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Update from Advancing Excellence, March 2016 Newsletter

Updates on the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care
MLN Connects call schedule:
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) approach join forces to deliver informative calls that are beneficial for a variety of audiences. Join the next call from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 28th.

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Trend Update
The Partnership quarterly update indicates that as of 2015Q3, there has been a decrease of 27 percent in the national prevalence of antipsychotic medication use in long-stay nursing home residents.