2012 Annual Convention

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Exhibitor Information


2012 Program Goals

The goals of the NGNA Convention are to…

  • Celebrate the achievements of NGNA.
  • Acquire new knowledge and skills relevant to gerontological nursing education, practice, and research.
  • Inspire nurses to engage in future endeavors that promote the NGNA's mission.
  • Network with nursing colleagues and peers on issues of common concern.

What are the key benefits of attending?

  • Top-level, national speakers - As always, the opening, keynote, and closing sessions feature proven professionals who will inform and inspire.
  • An information-packed flashdrive and program guide for reference during the convention. They are great resources for the workplace!
  • Preconvention sessions that allow for in-depth consideration of contemporary issues in gerontological nursing.
  • Opportunities to develop new friendships with other gerontology professionals.
  • Participation in the NGNA Annual Membership Meeting.
  • Provocative discussions on how to make a difference in the future of the association.
  • Peer-reviewed concurrent sessions by leading professionals in the field.
  • New and innovative ideas for application in a variety of gerontological settings.
  • Endless opportunities for networking.

Target Audience
You'll benefit from attending this program if you are a…

  • Director of Nursing or Administrator in a long-term care facility.
  • Gerontological nurse in any setting including acute care, long-term care, and home care.
  • Nurse in any specialization who works with an older adult population.
  • Staff nurse with responsibility for gerontological patients.
  • Nursing faculty with education and research responsibilities in the area of gerontological nursing.
  • Consultant in the field of gerontological nursing.
  • Novice or beginner in the field of gerontological nursing.
  • Provider of products and services for the field of gerontology or long-term care facilities.
  • Graduate or undergraduate nursing students with an interest or specialization in the care of older adults in any clinical or community setting.

General Convention Information

Registration Fees. The registration fees for the full convention include the educational programs and food events listed in the brochure. Single-day registration fees include the educational programs and food events listed in the brochure for the day the participant is registered. Registration forms must be postmarked by September 7, 2012 to qualify for advance registration discounted rates. Additional fees are required for the preconvention sessions on Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4.

Group Registration. When registering in a group of 5 or more, deduct $40.00 from the tuition of each full convention registration. Discounts for group registration can ONLY be submitted by mail or fax and are NOT available online. To be eligible for this discount, the registration forms much arrive together and have the discount information clearly noted. This discount applies to either early or regular registrations for the full convention. Note: Discounts not applicable to Preconvention Workshops, Students and Day Rates.

Payment. Payment must accompany the registration form. Registration forms received without payment will not be processed until payment is received.

Americans with Disabilities Act. Please advise NGNA staff at info@ngna.org if you require special materials or services. Notice must be received in writing two weeks before the conference course.

Convention Attire. Attire will be business casual for all events.

Convention Promotional Photos. NGNA Convention registration implies consent that any pictures taken during the convention can be used for convention coverage and promotional purposes and that NGNA is able to use your likeness without remuneration.

Cancellation Policy. Refunds for cancellations prior to September 7, 2012 will be processed less a $50.00 fee. Cancellation received between September 8, 2012 and September 28, 2012 will receive a 50% refund. NGNA regrets that refunds will not be issued for cancellations after September 28, 2012 or for no-shows.

Substitutions. If you find you are unable to attend, consider sending a colleague in your place. The registration fee will be adjusted if a nonmember replaces a NGNA member. NGNA does not issue refunds for no-shows. Convention Information and Questions. For up-to-the-minute information about the convention, please visit the NGNA website at www.ngna.org If you have any questions about the conference or the registration procedures, please contact NGNA at 800-723-0560 or e-mail info@ngna.org.

Nursing Continuing Education Contact Hours

The 2012 Annual Convention Planning committee will be submitting an application to the Georgia Nurses Association for approval of 16 contact hours for the full convention. The application will also include an additional 4-7 contact hours for pre-convention workshops. Please contact Sarah Clements (800-723-0560 or sclements@ngna.org) at the NGNA National Office for more information.

Join us for Additional Activities!

Hopkins Elder Plus (PACE site)
Attendees will visit Hopkins ElderPlus, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), located on the campus of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in southeast Baltimore City. The Bayview campus is known for its leadership in the field of geriatrics. The visit will include a tour of Hopkins ElderPlus, an overview of the PACE model of care, and a discussion of the various roles of the geriatric nurse from program director to infection control coordinator to home care supervisor. The geriatric nurse practitioners will describe the unique challenges of helping individuals who are nursing home eligible remain in their own homes and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. Central to the PACE model of care is the interdisciplinary team approach which will be described. Attendees are encouraged to read about the PACE model of care prior to the visit. Information is easily accessible at www.npaonline.org or at www.PACE4You.org.

Green House Model of Care in Urban Community
The Green House Residences at Stadium Place, the first Green House model of long-term nursing care in Maryland, is home to 49 older adults requiring long term care and it is operated by Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Older residents receive a high level of personalized, professional care and support with daily living, without feeling that their lives are being disrupted or overtaken. Developed by Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) on the site of the former Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, the Green House Residences are an important component of a plan to develop a low/moderate-income urban retirement community with a full continuum of care to allow “aging in community.” The Green House model replaces traditional nursing home facilities with inviting, comfortable, social living spaces and private bedrooms and bathrooms.

Premium Crab Feast, Phillips Seafood Restaurant
Friday, October 5, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Beneath the lights of the massive 17-foot tall Phillips letters, now part of the iconic Baltimore skyline, you'll find a casual, polished restaurant with a revitalized feel. Phillips serves an extensive menu of classic seafood dishes, along with lots of dining choices for non-seafood lovers.

Our Premium Crab Feast will include a menu of steamed crab, steamed shrimp, Maryland Fried Chicken, and more. Don't miss the opportunity to join your fellow NGNA members for an evening of fun, to sample the seafood and atmosphere that has made Baltimore famous. Advance registration is required. The cost for this event is $78 per person, which includes food, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity.

Local Facility and Program Tours
NGNA is pleased to offer tours of local geriatric nursing facilities and programs. Tours are scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, October 4 at the following sites:

  • Hopkins Elder Plus (PACE site) from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Oakcrest Assisted Living-Erickson Community from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Green House Model of Care in Urban from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Transportation will be provided and space is available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information about the facilities and programs is available on the NGNA website at www.ngna.org and will be provided via email prior to the convention. Sign-ups will begin at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 3 at the NGNA Registration and Information Center at the Sheraton Inner Harbor and will be accepted until the start of the tours (space permitting). Be sure to plan your travel accordingly and take advantage of this opportunity to visit exemplary geriatric facilities and programs.

Student Networking Session
Friday, October 5, 2012
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
All students are welcome and encouraged to attend this informal and informational session. Learn about the demand for nursing preparation to meet population needs – you are the future! Roles and opportunities will be discussed as well as the types of certifications for Gerontological nurses. Information including personal experiences and resources about practice opportunities across settings for Gerontological nursing will be shared. We look forward to seeing you.

Book Signing Event
Friday, October 5, 2012
11:45 am – 1:30 pm
NGNA is proud to recognize members who have been published professionally with a Book Signing. Join us in the Exhibit Hall, to take advantage of this opportunity to meet NGNA member authors and get a copy of your book signed!