National Gerontological Nursing Association’s new tagline exemplifies mission, values

(Lexington, KY) –On May 5, 2013, the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) Board of Directors officially unveiled the new NGNA tagline, “Where Compassion Meets Purpose,” to showcase the membership’s dedication to improving the care of older adults.

“Compassion is the foundation of gerontological nursing and our mission is clear – to improve care for older adults,”  said NGNA President Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNGNA. “We finally have a tagline that truly captures our members’ passion and purpose.” 

NGNA advances its mission by providing educational products, networking opportunities and resources to its members, and by formally recognizing gerontological nursing excellence through the NGNA Awards program.

The tagline, “Where Compassion Meets Purpose,” also exemplifies NGNA’s position as the only nursing organization in the country serving nurses who care for older adults in all practice settings. NGNA’s primary focus is to increase both knowledge and compassion related to the clinical care of older adults.

About NGNA
The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA), founded in 1984, is dedicated to the clinical care of older adults across diverse care settings. Members include clinicians, educators, and researchers with vastly different educational preparation, clinical roles, and interest in practice issues. NGNA’s core purpose is to improve the quality of nursing care given to older adults. NGNA’s core values are inclusiveness, respect, innovation and responsiveness. For more information, please visit


Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Partners with NGNA to Improve Nursing Care for Older Adults, Launch of New Webinar Series

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dr. Tara Cortes

New York, NY- February 19, 2013: The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) located at the NYU College of Nursing and the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) have joined together to launch a new webinar series to improve nursing care for older adults. The one-hour webinars will be held every month, and then archived on the Hartford Institute e-Learning center (

These webinars are part of a Gerontological Certification Review “Package” that builds upon the resources of HIGN and NGNA as well as provides resources to improve nursing care of older for all practicing nurses and educators. The webinars, presented by expert faculty from NGNA and HIGN, will present clinical topics relevant to improving the delivery of healthcare to older adults, covering topics such as patient- and family-centered care approach to delirium, fall prevention, medication management, and diabetes management. Partners of HIGN and members of NGNA will be able to access these webinars and other resources developed by the Hartford Institute, including the Geronotological Nursing Certification Review Course and other online learning modules, at discounted rates.

“We are pleased to partner with NGNA, a national expert and champion for quality care of older patients, “ says Dr. Tara Cortes, executive director of the Hartford Institute. “We are looking forward to joining our resources and sharing our passion for excellence.”

“This new partnership with HIGN not only improves our members access to quality gerontological education and certification review but also allows our member experts to serve as faculty developing evidence-based clinical webinars for a broad audience of nurses, “ says Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FAAN, President of the National Gerontological Nursing Association.

The first webinar, “The Patient and Family Centered Care Approach to Delirium Care- From Acute to Long Term Care” presented by Tara Cortes, PhD, RN. FAAN will be held on Friday February 22, 2013 at 1pm. To register for this webinar go to First time users of the e-learning center will be able to create an account to be able to access registration. The fee for each webinar will include one contact hour in nursing.

Continuing education in nursing is provided by the NYU College of Nursing Center for Continuing Education in Nursing, which is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The Hartford Institute seeks to shape the quality of health care that older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric competency in all nurses who deliver care. By raising the standards of nursing care, the Hartford Institute aims to ensure that people age in comfort and dignity. Its initiatives include education, practice, research, and policy. For more information, visit

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is dedicated to the care of older adults across diverse care settings. Members include clinicians, educators, and researchers with vastly different educational preparation, clinical roles, and interest in practice issues. Gerontological nursing is the application of a body of knowledge and skills to provide nursing care that meets the unique biopsychosocial and spiritual needs of the diverse older adult population. For more information, visit

The College of Nursing is one of the leading nursing programs in the United States. It offers a Bachelor of Scient in Nursing; Master of Arts and Post-Master's Certificate Programs; a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. For more information, visit


NGNA Recommends National Standards to Prepare Nurses to Care for Older Adults

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce recommendations for improving educational preparation of registered nurses to care for older adults. NGNA’s Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group developed a position statement in response to the growing numbers of older adults, estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to reach 20% of the total population by the year 2030. “With less than 1% of the nation’s registered nurses certified in gerontological nursing, the need for strengthening the current and future nursing workforce to deliver excellent care to older adults is growing,”says NGNA President Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNGNA.

NGNA’s position statement, Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education in all Registered Nursing Programs and Gerontological Nursing Continuing Education for all RNs in the U.S., recommends the following:
  • Registered nursing programs institute a three hour didactic stand-alone gerontological nursing course for all undergraduate nursing students by 2013.
  • Registered nursing programs institute a three hour clinical course in geriatrics for all undergraduate nursing students by 2013.
  • All practicing nurses in the U.S. participate in a two hour minimum continuing education class on a geriatric topic every year for re-licensure in each state.
  • Registered nursing program faculty teaching adult/geriatric courses participate in a geriatric continuing education program and are encouraged to seek national certification in gerontological nursing or annual continuing education in gerontological nursing.
The complete position statement can be viewed by clicking here.

Better Choices, Better Health™ Goes National

No-cost online workshop for people with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and all other chronic conditions now available nationwide at

Washington, D.C.(May 3, 2011) – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) today announced the national launch of Better Choices, Better Health™, the online version of the internationally recognized Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP). Registration for, and information about, the online workshop can be found at Offered at no-cost, spaces are limited, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Better Choices, Better Health™ is a six-week online workshop that helps people with chronic long-term conditions manage their symptoms and take control of their health.