American Delirium Society 4th Annual Conference

Safe Management of Behavioral Disorders in Extended Care
Embassy Suites Baltimore - Inner Harbor and Grand Historic Venue
Baltimore, Maryland

June 2, 2014 8:00am—12:00pm

More than half of nursing facility residents have some form of dementia, many of whom experience behavioral and psychological symptoms, such as delirium. These behaviors, can pose significant challenges for the staff and residents. Over 25% of patients in nursing facilities in the United States receive antipsychotic medications. While these drugs have many legitimate uses, they are often used inappropriately in nursing facilities to treat behavioral disorders associated with dementia. In March 2012, CMS launched a nursing facility quality initiative to decrease the off-label use of antipsychotics.

This workshop will provide attendees with:
  1. an understanding of how and why these drugs have been used to manage behavioral symptoms and the risks associated with their use in older adults,
  2. innovative approaches to managing challenging behaviors,
  3. insight into the current regulatory environment, and
  4. tools for effectively managing behavioral disorders and maintaining a safe environment of care for both residents and staff.
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NGNA at NICHE 2014

NGNA was well represented at the 2014 Annual NICHE Conference in San Diego, CA April 6-8, 2013. President Mary Rita Hurley, Vice President Joanne Aldermann, Director-at-Larger Linda Hassler and member Jeanne St. Pierre were in attendance for the three day conference. The main goal of the NICHE Conference is to focus on improving the quality care of older adults, which is comparable to NGNA's Purpose. The information received by the previously mentioned attendees will be passed down throughout NGNA.

Request for Proposals

Please review the RFP for Patient & Caregiver Education for Stroke Risk Reduction in Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation. For consideration, please be sure that your proposal addresses all of the questions posed in the attached document. The deadline for proposal submission is 5/16/2014.

Please submit your proposal using the sponsorship and support for specific activities application available at:

Hillman Foundation Launches New Innovations in Care Program

RFP is released for multi-million dollar initiative supporting transformative, nursing-driven models of care.

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has launched the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, which will provide over $3 million in funding over the next five years to nursingAdriven models of care that target vulnerable populations. The foundation has released a Request for Proposal that can be downloaded from the foundation website.

NW NGNA Welcomes NGNA President at March Educational Program

You are Invited to the NGNA Northwest Chapter March Educational Program:
Technological Advances of Aging in Place & Welcome President of NGNA Mary Rita Hurley!

Thursday, March 20th
6 pm – 8 pm
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community
1301 N Highlands Pkwy, Tacoma, WA 98406

Speakers: Tours of Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community and Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA
Cost: Free!
Light dinner and certificates of attendance provided

Please RSVP by Monday, March 10th so we have a close count for our hosts at: