Thursday, April 23, 2015: Retirement Security Webinar

Americans are living longer than ever; as a result, older adults have more opportunity to enhance the economy, enrich their communities, and enjoy their families. But longer lives can also bring challenges to Americans’ financial security. Additionally, as private pension options change, and fewer workers spend their careers with a single employer, the sources of retirement security are changing, too. This webinar will provide an overview of best practices to help ensure greater opportunity and ability to enjoy a financially secure retirement.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3-4 p.m. EDT.

The webinar will feature:
Cindy Hounsell
WISER, the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement

J. Mark Iwry
Senior Advisory to the Secretary of the Treasury and
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy
U.S. Treasury Department

David Laibson
The Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics
Harvard University

Nora Super
Executive Director
2015 White House Conference on Aging

We hope you will join this engaging discussion about best practices to help ensure a financially secure retirement. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions during the webinar.

Advance registration is required!

Please RSVP by April 22, 2015. Click here to register.

Click here for more information about the White House Conference on Aging.

Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organization’s 2014 Annual Report

Click here to download the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organization’s 2014 Annual Report

Call for Awards is Open!

Call for Awards & Scholarship Nominations

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is proud to once again offer award and scholarship opportunities for the coming year. Awards will be presented at the 2015 NGNA Annual Convention in Indianapolis, IN . Please consider nominating one or more of our outstanding members for an award; the time commitment to nominate is minimal, but the rewards are huge!

We are accepting nominations for the following awards: The Distinguished Nurse Educator Award
Established in 2013 by the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) Board of Directors, this award is presented to a member of NGNA in recognition of outstanding leadership in nursing education in an educational or clinical setting, and participation and contributions toward achieving the goals of NGNA.

Board of Directors Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor given by NGNA. The award is intended to recognize individuals whose contributions and accomplishments have had significant national or international impact on the care of older adults. The contributions of individuals who receive this award also positively influence the public image of older adults and enhance healthcare delivery in a variety of settings where older persons receive care. Nominations are accepted from the Board of Directors and NGNA Fellows.

Chapter Award
The Chapter Award honors the local chapter that best promotes the goals of NGNA through their member relationships, community activities and promotion of community health issues. All chapters are encouraged to submit an application for this award.

Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship
The Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship was established to provide assistance to NGNA members who wish to attend the annual convention but who need financial assistance with travel expenses.

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of NGNA in recognition of outstanding leadership, participation, and contributions toward achieving the goals of NGNA.

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award
The Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Awards has been established to recognize excellence in individuals who provide care to older adults. These awards are intended to honor an advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, and/or a certified nursing assistant who has consistently provided outstanding care to older adults and have been inspirational role models and mentors to other healthcare workers. In addition to this award, the applicants are also eligible for the Cindy Shermansky Travel Scholarship and are encouraged to apply!

Gerontological Nursing Student Leadership Awards
This award is sponsored by the NGNA Fellows. Three nursing students will be awarded a scholarship to attend the annual convention. This is an exciting opportunity for students who will be our next generation of gerontological nurses.

Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship
The Mary Opal Wolanin Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to students intending to work with older adults. Applicants must intend to work in a gerontology/geriatric setting after graduation. A $500.00 scholarship may be awarded to the winner of both the graduate and undergraduate category.

If you know a fellow NGNA member who is deserving of one or more of these awards, please nominate him or her for recognition! Deadline to receive completed nominations is : Friday, May 15, 2015.

Click here to access the application forms and criteria for each category. Please contact NGNA Headquarters with any questions.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!


Tell Congress to Protect Nursing Home Residents

Bipartisan bills have been introduced in the U.S. Congress that would offer a permanent solution for the reimbursement formula used to determine Medicare physician payment rates (called the “sustainable growth rate” or SGR). However, these bills include an extremely harmful provision for nursing home residents. The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Acts of 2015 (H.R. 1470 and S. 2000) both contain a "standard of care" provision that would make it more difficult for violations of important federal quality of life and quality of care standards - such as residents' rights, nurse staffing, or assessment and care planning - to be used to establish a legal case of negligence against a facility. Ask your member to exclude nursing homes from this provision today. This legislation is likely to be considered in the House of Representatives on the morning of Thursday, March 26, and shortly thereafter in the U.S. Senate, so Congress needs to hear from you now!

The ability to hold substandard facilities accountable through the civil justice system for cases of poor care, neglect and abuse is essential for quality nursing home care. Government studies have repeatedly shown that state inspection agencies fail to penalize facilities for harming residents, even when they find serious injuries, and many problems are never cited at all. Often the courts are the only branch of government that holds nursing homes responsible for their actions. By making it more difficult to use the federal requirements to establish a case of negligence against poor facilities and for these standards to be admissable into evidence, consumers’ ability to seek justice and accountability would be severely weakened.

Please help us defeat this provision by asking your members of Congress to exclude nursing home residents from this provision in the SGR fix legislation. It is quick and easy - just enter in your zip code and information here, and a letter will be provided for you to send. We appreciate your advocacy!

Online Education Opportunities

Click here to access upcoming opportunities for online continuing education!