Call for Awards Now Open – Deadline: May 15

Celebrate the Achievements of Your Fellow NGNA Members!
The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is proud to once again offer award and scholarship opportunities for the coming year. Awards will be presented at the 2013 NGNA Annual Convention in Clearwater, Florida. We are currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

Chapter Award
The Chapter Award honors the local chapter that best promotes the goals of NGNA through their member relationships, community activities and promotion of community health issues. All chapters are encouraged to submit an application for this award.

Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship
The Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship was established to provide assistance to NGNA members who wish to attend the annual convention but who need financial assistance with travel expenses.

Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of NGNA in recognition of outstanding leadership, participation, and contributions toward achieving the goals of NGNA.

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award
The Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Awards has been established to recognize excellence in individuals who provide care to older adults. These awards are intended to honor an advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, and/or a certified nursing assistant who has consistently provided outstanding care to older adults and have been inspirational role models and mentors to other healthcare workers.

Gerontological Nursing Student Leadership Awards
This award is sponsored by the NGNA Fellows. Three nursing students will be awarded a scholarship to attend the annual convention. This is an exciting opportunity for students who will be our next generation of gerontological nurses.

Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship
The Mary Opal Wolanin Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to students intending to work with older adults. Applicants must intend to work in a gerontology/geriatric setting after graduation. A $500.00 scholarship may be awarded to the winner of both the graduate and undergraduate category.

If you know a fellow NGNA member who is deserving of one or more of these awards, please nominate him or her for recognition! The Awards Committee, led by Judi Hertz, has worked to provide a slate of awards that will recognize the accomplishments of a variety of members, as well as to give scholarships that are much needed.

Click here to access the application forms and criteria for each category. Please contact NGNA Headquarters with any questions. We look forward to receiving your nominations!


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