2013 Nurse in Washington Internship

The Nursing Organizations Alliance™ is offering three scholarships for the 2013 Nurse in Washington Internship™ (NIWI™) program, scheduled for March 17-19, 2013. The scholarships provide assistance to nurses to help offset the costs associated with attending NIWI™. The Alliance is offering one full scholarship, one registration only scholarship, and one student registration only scholarship.

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CGNA 2013 Conference - Registration Site Now Open!

The Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association 2013 Conference will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel from May 29 - June 1, 2013

The conference theme is “Personhood & Caring: Honouring the Older Adult’s Life Journey”. 

Registration is now open!  Register now to take advantage of the early registration rate.

The discounted member’s rate has been extended to all NGNA members!


Campaign for Action Website Offers In-Depth Information, Opportunities to Engage

As the largest segment of the health care workforce and the professionals who spend the most time with patients, nurses bring essential experience and insight to efforts to improve access and quality and lower health care costs. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is working to prepare nurses to address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges—access, quality, and cost.

To mobilize diverse health care stakeholders and the nursing community to connect with others across the country, we have launched a new website and online community – The online community offers opportunities for people to showcase their work and share the latest news; webinars hosted by leading experts across health care, business and government; discussions; a listing of Campaign for Action events around the country; and opportunities to ask questions and find resources and tools.


TeamSTEPPS for Long-Term Care

Improving the safety of health care is a key goal for health care organizations today. Coordination, interaction, and communication among clinical staff can reduce the number of medical errors in the hospital, nursing home, or medical office setting. TeamSTEPPS® for Long-Term Care, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DOD), is designed to support the training of health care personnel in team and communication skills to reduce patient safety risks and hazards in nursing homes.

TeamSTEPPS for Long-Term Care was created specifically for nursing home staff, but can be adapted and applied to other long-term care settings such as assisted living communities. This release is a new addition to the TeamSTEPPS curriculum, which has improving patient safety as its goal. It includes new materials to demonstrate how to use communication tools in quality improvement projects.

TeamSTEPPS Long-Term Care is available in DVD format and includes PowerPoint presentations, teaching modules, exercises, and video vignettes that can be used to train staff. In addition, it is available on AHRQ’s Web site. To order copies of the DVD, contact the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at or call (800) 358-9295. Copies are also available at

NGNA Award Winners

The following NGNA members were honored at the 2012 Awards Luncheon, which took place during the annual convention at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Congratulations to these deserving award winners!

Distinguished Service Award
Martha B. Sparks, PhD, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – APRN
Claudia Chaperon, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – RN
Erin Ament, RN

Judith Braun Excellence in Research Award

2012 Finalists:
Todd Monroe, PhD, RN-BC
Assessing Advanced Cancer Pain in People with Dementia at End-of-Life

Nancy B. Lerner, DNP, RN
RN Staffing and Quality in Nursing Homes

Award Presented To: Todd Monroe, PhD, RN-BC

Innovations in Practice Award

2012 Finalists:
Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC
The 3D Room: Educating nurses on delirium in their practice environment

Susan J. Gordon, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, FGNLA
Bedside Coaching to Improve Nurses’ Recognition of Delirium

Sheila B. Delp, RN,MSN,GCNS-BC
Telephone Calls After Discharge to Assess and Clarify Discharge Instructions

Transitioning Elders Across the Continuum of Healthcare: Let the STARS (Safety, Teamwork, Advocacy, Rounding, & SPICES) Guide Older Adults to a Safe Harbor

Award Presented To: Linda Bub, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC

Recognition of Scholarship Recipients

Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship
Graduate Student Recipient: Nicole Ortiz

Undergraduate Student Recipient: Rachel Mjones

Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship
Kelley Isringhaus, RN

Best Poster
EBP Category: Suzanne Fehr, RN-BC, MS, NE-BC and Joselin Bodaghi
Zero Pressure Ulcers

Research Category: Carol Enderlin, PhD, RN and Janet Rooker, MNSc., RNP
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Sleep Quality and Mood in Community-Dwelling Older Women with and without Breast Cancer

Student Poster: Ted Bailly, BSN, RN and Karen Yancopoulos
Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry

Student Leadership Award
Graduate Student Recipient: Shalome Tomelli
Undergraduate Student Recipients: Claire Knaplund (recognized at convention); Lauren Schulze

Conferment of 2012 NGNA Fellows:
Sheila Delp, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, ACNS-BC
Sarah Jean Fisher, BA, RN-BC, MSN
Melodee Harris, PhD, APN, GNP-BC
Linda J. Hassler, RN, MS, GCNS-BC
Jeanne St. Pierre, MN, RN, GCNS-BC
Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, BC