Celebrating Older AmericansBy Amy Cotton MSN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNGNA, FAAN
Each year, the month of May is designated as Older Americans Month, a perfect time to celebrate the lives of our eldest community members. It provides a great opportunity for gerontological nurses to recognize the contributions and influence that this growing population has had on our country.
The heart of NGNA’s purpose is to improve nursing care given to older adults. Gerontological nurses stand apart from other nursing specialties, because we value aging and recognize the importance of the individual as we care for aging community members.
I am excited to share the news that NGNA has joined with 3.1 million other nursing professionals to support Joining Forces, which is a comprehensive initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama. Joining Forces is a nationwide effort to mobilize all sectors of the community for service members and their families, specifically supporting their employment, education and wellness opportunities. We have committed to increasing the body of knowledge leading to improved health care and wellness for service members, veterans and their families. As Americans continue to live longer, we know the numbers of aging veterans will grow. Nurses need state-of–the-art education to understand the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for current service members, veterans and their families.
To that end, NGNA continues our commitment to grow our online member education resources with the addition of The Advancing Excellence Campaign Webinar, which is hosted by national leaders, showcasing the resources and tools gerontological nurses have available in long term care to improve quality and clinical outcomes.
NGNA’s board of directors, committee leaders and members, special interest groups and Fellows are working diligently to take action to improve the health care older adults are receiving. On behalf of your Board of Directors, I thank each of you for the work you do to honor the lives of older Americans and to ensure that quality nursing is delivered to those who need it.
I wish you peace, health and happiness.