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President's Message Volume 20 Number 1

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

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Amy Cotton As we roll into 2013 and see the world around us changing so rapidly, I thought I would share with each of you perhaps a new perspective on change: If it is not broken, then break it! If change is needed, be radical yet gradual. Some of you, like me, may have done a double take as you read this. This thinking flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Then I started to reflect on times when change is desperately needed and how being open to innovation is essential. How about our leaders in Washington, DC and their approach to the economy? After hearing about the fiscal cliff, debt ceilings, payroll tax hikes and health care cuts, have you concluded, like I have, that what we have always done just isn’t working? Only one thing is certain, that the fiscal management of our country will have to change. What isn’t so clear is the “right” path to accomplish this. Your Board leadership has been tackling the current realities of the changing economic climate and diverse member needs for our Association. We are staying laser focused on the path we have laid for NGNA in our dynamic strategic plan to address member value, member benefit and member networking opportunities.

2012 brought many successes as we achieved goals in our dynamic Strategic Plan, including new online CE webinar opportunities for members, the re-activation of our member list serve for networking, strengthening relationships with organizations such as the Hospice & Palliative Care Nursing Association and the Elder Workforce Alliance, and a collaboration with major health publisher Wiley-Blackwell to identify the learning needs of nurses caring for older adults. There is still much more to do.

In this first president’s message of 2013, I want you to know NGNA needs you now more than ever! Gerontological nurses, in all practice settings, can find a home in NGNA. The specialty of gerontological nursing is more relevant than ever. Stay tuned this year for new collaborations to provide you with accessible and affordable continuing education resources, more opportunities for showcasing your expertise and the Association’s continued influence to represent your voice in major health policy issues impacting clinical practice, education and financing.

I close by expressing my sincere thanks to each of you, whether you are retired, a volunteer, a clinician, educator, policy leader or researcher. No matter what your specific role or interest in gerontological nursing is today, kudos for doing what you do to improve the lives of older adults and their family caregivers everywhere.