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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.

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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
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2015 Updated AGS Beers Criteria

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) released its 2015 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. For more than 20 years, the Beers Criteria have served as a valued resource for healthcare professionals about the safety of prescribing medications to older adults. In fact, the AGS Beers Criteria have become one of the most frequently used reference tools in the field of geriatrics. The AGS Beers Criteria were previously updated in 2012.

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Request for Nominations - IOM Study on Decreasing Risk of Developing Alzheimer's-Type Dementia

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is searching for experts in the scientific, technical, and health professions to be considered for a study committee titled “Decreasing the Risk of Developing Alzheimer's-Type Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Age-Related Cognitive Impairment.”

Click for information regarding the scope of work and expertise needed. Nominations are due by October 14, 2015.