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