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2013 NGNA Board of Directors

Please welcome your 2013-2014 NGNA Board of Directors – both new and returning members!

President
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA

Vice-President
Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA

Past President
Amy Cotton, MSN, APRN-BC, FNGNA

Secretary
Caryl Mayo, MS, RN, FNGNA

Treasurer
Jean M. Gaines, RN, Ph.D.

Director-at-Large
Melodee Harris, Ph.D., APN, GNP-BC

Director-at-Large
Joanne Alderman, MSN,RN,BC,APRN, FNGNA

Director-at-Large
Elizabeth "Ibby" Tanner, Ph.D., RN, FNGNA

Director-at-Large
Linda Hassler, RN, MS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

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NGNA Members Inducted as Fellows of American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing has announced that 176 nurse leaders have been inducted as Fellows during the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference on October 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. The 2012 class of inductees is composed of the nation’s top nursing professionals, which include scholars, educators, and executives.

The following NGNA members were honored as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing:

Amy Cotton, MSN, APRN, GNP-BC, FNGNA
Judith Hertz, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Kristine Williams, PhD, RN, BC
Rowena Elliott, PhD, RN, CNN
Susan Loeb, PhD, RN

Selection criteria for Fellowship status includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, along with sponsorship by two Academy Fellows. Selection is also based on the impact that the nominees’ careers have had on health care and health policies.

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NGNA Release Position Paper on Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education

NGNA has released a position paper on Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education in all Registered Nursing Programs and Gerontological Nursing Continuing Education for all RNs in the US. The intent of this position statement is to affirm the need to mandate that all registered nursing education programs offer stand-alone didactic and clinical courses in gerontological nursing as part of the undergraduate curriculum. Further, that all registered nurses should be required to participate in a geriatric continuing education event for continued licensure. All nurses will care for older adults during their career either professionally or personally regardless of their specialty. The challenge of the 21 st century for nursing is to educate the profession about the geriatric population for best practice.

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NGNA Recommends National Standards to Prepare Nurses to Care for Older Adults

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce recommendations for improving educational preparation of registered nurses to care for older adults.

NGNA’s Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group developed a position statement in response to the growing numbers of older adults, estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to reach 20% of the total population by the year 2030.  

“With less than 1% of the nation’s registered nurses certified in gerontological nursing, the need for strengthening the current and future nursing workforce to deliver excellent care to older adults is growing,” says NGNA President Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNGNA.   

NGNA’s position statement, Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education in all Registered Nursing Programs and Gerontological Nursing Continuing Education for all RNs in the U.S., recommends the following:

  • Registered nursing programs institute a three hour didactic stand-alone gerontological nursing course for all undergraduate nursing students by 2013.
  • Registered nursing programs institute a three hour clinical course in geriatrics for all undergraduate nursing students by 2013.
  • All practicing nurses in the U.S. participate in a two hour minimum continuing education class on a geriatric topic every year for re-licensure in each state.
  • Registered nursing program faculty teaching adult/geriatric courses participate in a geriatric continuing education program and are encouraged to seek national certification in gerontological nursing or annual continuing education in gerontological nursing.

The complete position statement can be viewed by clicking here.