NGNA 2015 Convention Photos

Click here to view photos from the 2015 NGNA Annual Convention.


NGNA Supports Miss Colorado!

Wear your stethoscope on Monday, September 21, no matter where you work, to show support and recognize the hard work and heroes that we are as nurses everywhere!

National Gerontological Nursing Week (2015)

Celebrate National Gerontological Nursing Week!
The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is celebrating National Gerontological Nursing Week, scheduled for September 28 – October 2, 2015. This will also coincide with the dates of NGNA’s Annual Convention, which will be held this year at the Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 1-3. Click here for further details and registration information for this year’s convention.

The purpose of the weeklong celebration is to raise awareness of the continual need for Nursing Excellence for the Older Adult. In order to achieve that goal, NGNA members would like to raise awareness about the growing need for gerontological nurses and the need for increased training and educational opportunities that will equip all nurses to meet the psychological, medical and social needs of older adults.

Click here to view a press kit for this upcoming event, which includes a sample press release, news article, and letter to your editor – perfect to send to your local newspaper or other publications. You’ll also find tips to effectively spread the word to local government officials, as well as ways you can recognize your colleagues and spread the message of appreciation throughout your workplace.

Share your Stories!
NGNA is soliciting stories that pay tribute to the gerontological nurse. You may want to recognize a colleague or friend who serves older adults each day, and is particularly passionate about the mission of this chosen profession. Perhaps you or someone you know may want to thank a gerontological nurse who has cared for you or your family member. Share your story with us, and NGNA may publish it on our web site or other promotional materials!

Please contact NGNA Headquarters with any questions. We look forward to joining you to celebrate our gerontological nurses during this special week!



NICHE 2016: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for NICHE 2016:

April 17-20, 2016

Register Today for the Upcoming, September Webinar!

Head Injuries: They’re Not Just Common in Young Athletes
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
1:00 pm EST

The purpose of our webinar is to explore the topic of head injuries in older adults. The information in this webinar will be applicable to nurses at all levels of care and experience. During the presentation we will explore the common causes of head injuries in older adults ranging from simple concussions to catastrophic injuries. We will discuss the current management of each of these injuries as well as complications that may be more common in older adults. Many of these complications are due to comorbidities experienced by older adults as well as their treatments. We will also discuss strategies for the prevention of head injuries in older adults.


Blaine Winters, DNP, ACNP-BC
Associate Teaching Professor, Brigham Young University College of Nursing

Blaine Winters is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Brigham Young University College of Nursing. He is also an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Prior to coming to Brigham Young University in 2012, he was the Director of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Utah. He also worked as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for 11 years with the Trauma Service at the University of Utah. His teaching and research interests include caring for older adults who are acutely or critically ill, nursing simulation, and principles of teaching and learning. In addition to his teaching, he also works as a nurse practitioner at Promise Hospital of Salt Lake City.

Craig Nuttall, MS, FNP-C
Assistant Teaching Professor, Brigham Young University College of Nursing

Craig Nuttall is an Assistant Teaching professor at Brigham Young University. He has worked in Family Medicine as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the past 5 years. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner Craig worked as a Nurse in the emergency department. Working in his father’s physical therapy office as a young man he became interested in the medical field and especially in musculoskeletal injuries. As an assistant teaching professor Craig has devoted much of his time to the study of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. He has published articles on several musculoskeletal injuries and presented nationally regarding musculoskeletal injuries and sports medicine. He is currently serving as the education chair on the board of directors for the Utah Nurse Practitioner Association. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 5 children.

Following the presentation, the participants will be able to:
  1. State the common causes of head injuries in older adults.
  2. Discuss the clinical signs and symptoms of conscussions in older adults.
  3. Discuss the treatment of concussions in older adults.
  4. Discuss other differing types of head injuries experienced by older adults including subdural hemorrhages, epidural hemorrhages, and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  5. Discuss the current management of more severe head injuries in older adults.
  6. Discuss the management of head injuries in older adults who are taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant medications.
  7. Discuss prevention strategies of head injuries in older adults.
This activity has been submitted to Montana Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Montana Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

To register, click here.