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Save the Date: GeroFocus 2016 Will Return to Indianapolis!

By popular demand, the NGNA Board of Directors and leadership team members are happy to announce the unveiling of a new and improved 2016 event – open to all nursing professionals with an interest in the care of the older adult!
 
GeroFocus 2016 will take place Sunday, October 23rd – Tuesday, October 25th at
The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana – the site of the most popular and well-reviewed NGNA Annual Convention in 2015. Return to this destination in the heart of the USA, network and exchange ideas with other nursing professionals from around the nation with a heart for older adults, and take the opportunity to listen to educational sessions that are unprecedented in NGNA’s meeting history.
 
Topics of focus will include:
  • Transitions in Care
  • Innovations and Strategies in Gerontological Education
  • Chronic Disease Management and the Older Adult
  • Quality and Safety Issues in Caring for the Older Adult
  • Technological Advances in the Care of Older Adults
  • Special Aging Populations
  • Pharmacological Advances and Challenges
 
The Call for Abstracts will be issued during the first week of February, with a deadline of Monday, May 2, 2016. Abstract submission decisions will be issued by Monday, May 16, 2016.
 
Watch your email next week for the Call for Abstracts submission form, as well as preliminary registration details and sponsorship opportunities.
 
We look forward to seeing you in America’s heartland for GeroFocus 2016 -- an unmatched educational opportunity you won’t want to miss!
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Apply for the Gerontological Nursing Leadership Academy!

Are you an experienced gerontological nurse who is looking for a leadership development experience with positive outcomes? Consider applying for the Gerontological Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA), an 18-month mentored leadership experience designed for master's-prepared nurses who care for older adults.

The purpose of the GNLA is to prepare nurses in diverse settings to lead interprofessional teams in the improvement of healthcare quality for older adults and their families. The academy is open to both members and nonmembers of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).

The deadline for applications is February 9, 2016. Learn more and apply at Gerontological Nursing Leadership Academy. Check out the right side of the page for FAQ's, anticipated costs and the application packet information.
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President's Message: "Discussion Points with NGNA Members..."

Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA


As I am writing to you, I am listening to a variety of beautiful music and reflecting on the years I have been a member of NGNA and how my belonging, contributing and listening to an organization of fascinating, impressive and committed healthcare colleagues have impacted my professional practice years. During my years as a new member, I came in contact with an abundance of nurses who encouraged me to study - learn how to practice gerontological nursing by bringing evidence-based knowledge to the bedside. During the years that followed, further support was extended to become a member of an NGNA committee, a request to Chair a committee and a Special Interest Group (SIG), and begin presenting at our pre-conference sessions with the Education/Evidence-Based Practice (EEBP) Committee. Then, instilling in me, the confidence to accept a nomination for the Board of Directors, which has lasted six years, and has culminated into having the tremendous honor of being your President. We encourage you to share your passion that will further the Purpose of NGNA.
 
As nurses, we have a responsibility to ourselves, fellow nurses, patients and their families. Being aware of legislative issues that impact the nursing workforce and issues that will ultimately affect the gerontological nurse is an important part of our profession. Our Executive Director and I participate on the Nursing Community (NC) monthly conference calls.  NC is comprised of 62 nursing organizations. Each month, we will share with you the minutes of these meetings for your review. If you have any questions, we encourage you to send them to me and our Executive Director, Brian Doty. To access these minutes, please click here.
 
The Gerontological Nursing, Scope & Standards of Practice ©2010, a guide that was updated by Work Group Members, included several NGNA members. We are providing the link to a recent American Nurses Association (ANA) call for ANA Members to Apply for “selection as a seated member of the Gerontological Nursing Scope and Standards Workgroup to review and revise the current document”. To apply, please click here.
 
The Purpose of NGNA is to improve nursing care given to older adults. The CORE effort of this Purpose is to provide our members with gerontological education. The NGNA Website imparts these words: “The Older Adult Population has unique biopsychosocial and spiritual needs related to the process of aging”. Due to “life experiences, values, and personal goals,” they “are quite diverse.”  Please ask yourself and your colleagues these questions, (1) what is my gerontological nursing knowledge base? (2) Am I teaching our student nurses and new nurse graduates how to recognize subtle changes, geriatric syndromes, evaluate and begin interventions? and (3) am I including the interprofessional team? Please invite colleagues and student nurses to join. It is important that we advocate for the Nursing Specialty of Gerontological Nursing…
 
Welcome to 2016!  Let’s REINVIGORATE NGNA!
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Apply for the ANA Gerontological Nursing Scope and Standards Workgroup

The American Nurses Association calls for qualified ANA members to apply for selection as seated members of the Gerontological Nursing Scope and Standards Workgroup. This workgroup is charged with the review and revision of the current Gerontological Nursing: Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice document. Electronic applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. ET, January 20, 2016.

Click here to apply
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Webinar: Developing Cultural Awareness in Nursing Students

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:00 pm EST Speaker: Linda Hassler, RN, MS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA Associate Clinical Professor, Nurse Residency Program at Rutgers University Piscataway Township, NJ