Baltimore-Bound for a National Gerontological Nursing Week Celebration
By Amy Cotton MSN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNGNA, FAAN
Listen to the President's Podcast (September-October 2012)
It is an honor to recognize and celebrate the nation’s gerontological nurses during National Gerontological Nursing Week October 1 – 8, 2012. On behalf of NGNA’s Board of Directors and national office staff, I heartily express appreciation for your passion and commitment to excellence, and the difference you make in the lives of older adults and their family caregivers. I do hope you can join me at NGNA’s celebration during our 27th Annual Convention in Baltimore October 4 – 6, 2012.
I encourage all of you to remember your story of becoming a gerontological nurse. Early in my career on a med-surg hospital unit, I accidentally discovered my passion for older adults. I vividly recall scanning a shift patient assignment and having my heart light up when I saw their dates of birth were over 70. I had an innate burning desire to deliver excellent care to older patients and their family caregivers. Too many times to count I had patients, family members or others on the health care team tell me how different my nursing care delivery was from other nursing colleagues on my unit. This was what prompted me to obtain specialty certification as a gerontological nurse.
How do others recognize you as a gerontological nurse? Is it your passion, expert knowledge, or dogged determination to make things better for the elders to whom you provide care? The nation’s gerontological nurses are positioned to influence current and future health care delivery to older adults across this country. NGNA’s voice is strengthened as we join with the 7 gerontological-focused organizations in the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations to influence policy and practice. With the Affordable Care Act transforming health care delivery, gerontological nurses are an integral part of the solution to re-invent a system of care that needs to change.
Thank you for all you do to improve the quality of nursing care delivered to older adults. Don’t ever stop….we need you now more than ever. Happy Gerontological Nursing Week!