Celebrate National Nurses Week!

NGNA would like to wish all members a wonderful Nurses Week! This week, we encourage you to take time out to recognize colleagues for their achievements, and promote the nursing profession to others.

National Nurses Week is May 6-12, 2015. Wednesday, May 6th, is traditionally known as National Nurses Day. The closing of the week, May 12th, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. If you would like to view more information about National Nurses Week, along with ways to celebrate, click here.

In the spirit of Nurses Week, we would like to express our sincere thanks to every NGNA member, whether you are retired, a volunteer, a clinician, educator, policy leader or researcher. We appreciate your contribution to the improvement of the lives of older adults and their family caregivers everywhere.

NGNA’s tagline, Where Compassion Meets Purpose, perfectly exemplifies the commitment of our members. As nurses, your compassion is your foundation, reflected in the care you bring to older adults and the work you do for your colleagues. Thank you!

Enjoy this week, which is dedicated to you and your profession!

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

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2015 CGNA Biennial conference

Join us in Charlottetown from May 27-30 for the the 2015 CGNA Biennial conference - a national educational, research-based conference for professionals in the field of gerontological nursing! At this year's Conference we will cross bridges between disciplines, generations, and practices to overcome challenges and promote innovation in gerontological nursing.

Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount! Early bird discount has been extended to April 1, 2015. For more details on registration, please click here.

To view the event flyer, click here.

NGNA members are entitled to the CGNA member registration rate!

NGNA Membership Brochure

Download the new NGNA Membership brochure, and learn the benefits of membership in NGNA.

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