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President's Message; Volume 19, Issue 2

Partnerships Help Achieve Purpose

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

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Amy Cotton Spring has arrived.  For those of us in the northern latitudes, it comes not a moment too soon!  It seems a good time of year to share a few thoughts with you about partnerships and renewal.  NGNA has an overarching purpose to improve nursing care for older adults.  How does our organization strive to do this, and equally important, how do you strive to do this?   
 
One key strategy NGNA has to achieve our purpose is partnership.  Our partnership with the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO), which includes the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, The American Assisted Living Nurses Association, The American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Aging,  the National Association of Directors of Nursing in Long  Term Care, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination, is a good example.   As part of the CGNO, the voices of more than 28,000 nurses are leveraged to promote a health care environment for older adults that reflects accessibility, evidence-based practice and high quality, person centered care. 

Who do you partner with to improve nursing care for older adults?  Notice I asked about your partnerships to improve nursing care for older adults.   I recently did an inventory of all the groups I was involved with, listing their mission, the time commitment and the organization’s impact on improving nursing care for older adults.  It was an eye opener for me.  While all were very worthwhile and focused on older adults in some way, only a few directly linked to my purpose to serve gerontological nurses and improve nursing care for older adults.  Guess what I did?  I stepped away from some of these groups.  It was difficult to do but freeing at the same time.  I was able to recommit to partnerships that provide strong networking and peer support as well as resources to renew my purpose and inform my practice.

I encourage you to re-evaluate your partnerships this Spring.  It is my wish that NGNA is a strong partner for you as you achieve your goals, supporting you with education, peer networking and resources. 

I wish you peace, health and best wishes for a wonderful Spring!