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President's Message: Joanne Alderman

By Joanne Alderman, MSN,RN,BC,APRN, FNGNA

Hello, NGNA Members…

We hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was filled with family, friends, and sharing of old and new memories. Christmas is just around the corner and will be here before we know it. Hopefully, many of our service men and women will be able to come home on leave and be with their families.

Your Board of Directors and Executive Director have been attending to the 2016 Strategic Plan and several additional items since our meeting in November. Our next meeting is on December 16th and the agenda is full. We are planning two meetings in January.

Our Mission and Vision Statements are guiding ideas discussed and decisions being made. I recently read a thought by T.D. Jakes, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”

NGNA has a passion/purpose and that is to care for the older adult. Our Mission Statement, “To support best clinical practices that enable nurses to optimize outcomes for older adults and to provide resources that advance member interests” is dedicated to meet the needs of our present and new members as they care, protect and advocate for older adults designated to their care.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THANK YOU FOR BEING A MEMBER OF NGNA

All the best,
 
Joanne Alderman, MSN,RN,BC,APRN, FNGNA
President

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President's Message

By Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA

Hello NGNA Members,

I am Mary Rita Hurley, your new NGNA Board President for 2013-2015. It is an honor to be leading our esteemed Board of Directors as we represent you on behalf of NGNA. Serving and giving back to the profession that has given so much to me over these past 34 years is one way I can use my voice. How are you using yours? It is so important for us to identify ourselves as nurses in every setting we practice because we are the patient, resident, and client advocates. We walk the talk every day in our role(s) in our practice settings. We are an amazing force of three million strong in the country. Can you even imagine what we could do if we harnessed our energy into one collective voice? I can. We would see older adults treated with consistent dignity and respect. Quality of life discussions would be the norm. Care providers would be acknowledged and applauded for the care and compassion they demonstrate day in and day out. This is not a dream but a reality in many places. We at NGNA are striving to make this the default all over the country. We do this by being involved locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Check out our website and the resources offered there, attend Gero specific conferences, write a letter to Congress addressing your concerns and offer a solution, and volunteer with us or other professional organizations that speak to your heart. We know you are all busy and have trouble finding a spare minute, however, if you stop for just a second and listen you will find you have more to say than you know.

I have been a member of NGNA for many years for one simple reason: I belong here. Why? Because this organization is the only Gero nursing practice organization in the country. We are the only ones that have our LPN and CNA colleagues included in the ranks. We are inclusive. Given the state of our healthcare system and the ever changing landscape, it is important to “rally the troops” and keep our focus steady: quality care of older adults. It’s what you and I do every day. Our 28th annual conference in Clearwater, Florida last month really brought this to light. An energetic gathering of 200 + likeminded Gero nurses came together to share their stories, best practices and collaborative spirits. It was wonderful to reconnect with dear friends and colleagues but I especially loved the students that attended. We had more this year than in our history! Their optimism, positive energy, and natural curiosity got me all excited about being a nurse again. These are very bright and talented young people. I am so glad they chose to affiliate with NGNA. We were inspired by our keynote speakers, shed a few tears, and laughed so hard – we had to catch our breath. That is what I love about NGNA, you can be you and be renewed and refreshed in 2 short days. Priceless!

Enjoy the upcoming holiday season and feel free to contact me or any of the Board with your ideas and suggestions. And, remember your voice is powerful. Use it!

All the best,

Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA
President

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President's Message: A Leader Says Thank You

By Amy Cotton MSN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNGNA, FAAN

NGNA Form Listen to the President's Podcast (Sept-Oct 2013)

Amy Cotton I am grateful.  How quickly the last two years have flown by.  As I think about the highlights of my NGNA Presidency, I am struck how much you, NGNA members, have influenced, encouraged and inspired me and I want to say “Thank You.” 
 
We have accomplished so much.  Strengthening partnerships, developing new collaborations and creating new member resources as a result of these relationships just to name a few.  Your Board leaders have boldly forged ahead with implementing strategies to support our mission, to improve nursing care for older adults.
 
I am excited as Mary Rita Hurley assumes NGNA’s presidency in October at our 2013 Annual Convention.  As the Executive Director for the Oregon Center for Nursing, she brings to NGNA  leadership expertise, expert knowledge of gerontological nursing and older adult health issues, strong skills in partnership cultivation as well as a genuine passion to improve nursing care for older adults.  With her leadership, and our outstanding Board of Directors and national office team, we are in good hands. 
 
It has been a privilege and honor to serve you.  I encourage each of you to continue to influence and improve older adult nursing care in whatever roles you have the opportunity to do so.  I shared with you my credo in an early President's message:  To value aging is to improve lives, not just the lives of older adults but their loved ones and those who work passionately to care for them.  
 
You have all improved my life and I thank you for the phenomenal work you do in gerontological nursing. I'll miss talking to you every few months.  Be good to yourselves and your nursing colleagues.  See you at convention!
 
Warmest regards and blessings to you,
Amy
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President's Message: A Clear Picture Ahead Matters

By Amy Cotton MSN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNGNA, FAAN

NGNA Form Listen to the President's Podcast (July-August 2013)

Amy Cotton I recently had an opportunity to learn that replacing the wiper blades on my car certainly makes it easier to see the road ahead. I’m sure some of you can relate. You switch on the windshield wipers only to find that they don’t seem to be clearing the water like they used to, the road is a blur and your heart is racing because you truly can’t see where you are going.

Advances in science, rapidly shifting regulations and reimbursement and changing expectations of gerontological nurses in all settings are appearing at every turn. Having a clear view ahead adds to peace of mind. NGNA members can take advantage of many resources to keep a clear view of the road ahead.

Our growing e-Learning Library now includes options for the NGNA/Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing monthly webinars. These are a great way to get discounted continuing education credits and hear from national experts on evidence-based practice in gerontological nursing. If you miss the live, interactive webinar programs, no worries. The programs are archived for on-demand access. There are also no cost e-Learning courses on our website. Our journal, Geriatric Nursing continues to be packed with quality evidence to guide nursing practice.

And of course, our 2013 Annual Convention is quickly approaching, October 3-5, 2013 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach in Florida. This year’s theme A Clear Vision of Care for the Older Adult is guiding an exciting and dynamic program to equip nurse educators, researchers, administrators and clinicians with the latest knowledge to be more effective in our roles.

It takes time to fill up the passion meter and stay on top of the latest best practices in gerontological nursing care. I encourage you to give your view of gerontological nursing a tune-up. Take advantage of opportunities to access resources and network with your peers at NGNA!

Warm regards,

Amy