2013 HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award Announced

PITTSBURGH, PA, MARCH 28, 2013—The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) has announced Susan C. McMillan, PhD ARNP FAAN, as the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Researcher Award. The HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated longevity and consistency in hospice and palliative nursing research presentations and publications in a variety of peer reviewed journals. This prestigious award was presented on March 16th at the 2013 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) / HPNA Annual Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. McMillan is Distinguished University Health Professor at the University of South Florida (USF), College of Nursing and the Center for Hospice Palliative Care and End of Life Studies. She founded the Center for Hospice Palliative Care and End of Life Studies at USF as a research interest group in 1996. The Center’s monthly meetings offer research support for doctoral students and faculty.

Dr. McMillan is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has also received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award given by Southern Nursing Research Society and the Award for Consistency and Excellence of Contributions to the Oncology Nursing Literature by the Oncology Nursing Society. Dr. McMillan has published a multitude of papers in refereed journals, focusing on symptom management and quality of life issues for patients and caregivers. As a member of the HPNA Research Committee, she contributed to development of the first HPNA Research Agenda 2009-2012.


Annual Regional Hospital Ethics Conference

Click here to learn more about a continuing education opportunity in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area. The Annual Regional Hospital Ethics Conference will take place on Friday, March 29, 2013.

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NGNA/HIGN Webinar Series

Sign Up Now for HIGN/NGNA April Webinar – Tuesday, April 23

NGNA Members: Login using your member access information to view a 50% discount code for NGNA members to use when registering for the webinar series.

Topic: Advance Directives and Decision Making
This webinar will inform the primary care provider on how to utilize various types of advanced directives to ensure patient care preferences are met. It discusses the advantages and limitations of each type of advanced directive, and how they are executed.

Presenter: Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN

A pioneer promoting best nursing care practices for older adults nationally and internationally, Dr. Mezey's distinguished career has focused on elevating the competency of nurses caring for older adults and ensuring that people age in comfort and dignity. Her research and writing focus on geriatric nursing education, the quality of care for older people in hospitals and long-term care, and bioethical issues that affect decisions at the end of life. Dr. Mezey is the founder and Associate Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

Description: Many behaviors of older adults who have Alzheimer’s disease provide challenges for caregivers. Knowing what to expect and what to do to prevent or manage specific behaviors increases satisfaction of caregivers and care recipients. A framework for rethinking challenging behaviors will provide guidance for choosing effective interventions.

This webinar will award 1 contact hour.


Information can be found on the Hartford Institute Web site.

The New York University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

NGNA/HIGN Webinar Series - May 2013

Sign Up Now for the next HIGN/NGNA Webinar – Tuesday, May 13

NGNA Members: Login to the NGNA website and return to this article to view a 50% discount code for NGNA members to use when registering for the webinar series.

Topic: Transitions of Care and the Older Adult
This webinar explores the impact of transitions in care on older adults' health and well-being. Recognition of care transitions and factors that contribute to negative and positive outcomes in older adults will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on evidence-based resources, tools and interventions that promote positive outcomes. Guidelines for managing relocation to a new home, a specific type of transition, will also be highlighted.

Presenter: Judith E. Hertz, PhD, RN, FNGNA, FAAN Professor
Director of Nursing Graduate Studies
School of Nursing and Health Studies
Northern Illinois University



Meridian Health Ann May Center's NICHE Conference 2013 Abstract Submission

Call for Poster Abstracts are open TODAY! for Meridian Health Ann May Center’s 9th Annual NICHE Conference to be held June 6, 2013 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa from 8am-4:30pm.

ONLY online abstract submission will be accepted this year. Visit to submit an abstract.

Meridian Health NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders)Conference Thursday, June 6, 2013, 8am-4;30pm Ocean Place Resort and Spa, West Long Branch, NJ.

The Meridian Health Ann May Center's 9th Annual NICHE Conference will bring together over 300 healthcare professionals from the tri-state area to discuss evidence-based care and the older adult. Nationally and regionally known speakers will present on Falls, Health Literacy, Alzheimer’s Disease, and the LGBT older adult. There is also a faculty/educator track that includes experts from the NLN Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors program and an original research presentation on nursing students attitudes towards older adults. Another much enjoyed aspect of the conference is our older adult focused quality, EBP, or research project poster presentations, showcasing not only Meridian Health team members but also colleagues from other healthcare facilities.

The Call for Abstracts opens on Monday, March 4, 2013 and closes on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 5 p.m.. Please read the Abstract Submission General Guidelines before writing your abstract.

Notifications of the review of the abstracts with further instructions will be sent to all corresponding authors on Friday, May 3, 2013.

We look forward to receiving your abstract(s) and a day of networking and learning as we improve care of the older adults we serve. (Registration will be open with the next few weeks).