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SIGN Vol 19, Issue 4 July/Aug 2012

President's Message
The Power of Perspective

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

Summer is finally here, and many of us will be taking a break over the next few months to recharge and gain new perspective.  Changing perspective is a vital tool for each of us to be effective in improving and ensuring quality of nursing care for today and tomorrow’s aging population.  
 
Gaining fresh perspective requires listening and hearing others’ voices.  This can be a tough one, especially if the voices are loud, diverse and unfamiliar.  This skill requires putting self aside to view an issue from another’s lens.  I am encouraged as I read your NGNA list serve posts.   I hear tough realities and issues discussed with passion, pride, empathy, networking, encouragement, and perhaps most importantly, civil communication.  Civility in how we connect with each other is a foundation for NGNA’s continued impact and strength moving forward.   
 
Gaining new perspective requires letting go of the safety and familiarity of what we know and considering a new path.  There is no doubt that change is easier for some than others.  I firmly believe the reason for this is one’s perspective.  As NGNA President, I frequently participate in robust discussions with various nursing and health care stakeholders about the serious issues today facing our nation’s gerontological nurses and older adults.  I recently heard a simple tip that has given me inspiration and energy for these difficult conversations. Instead of saying HOW BIG THAT MOUNTAIN IS you face , how about telling that mountain HOW BIG YOU ARE?  What a great tool to empower each of us as we navigate the changing health care delivery system and continue to strategize to meet the health care needs of an aging population.     

Think about gaining both fresh and new perspective in your daily lives.  Taking a break is a great way to start down this path. I wish you all a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. I also hope to see you all at NGNA’s Annual Convention in Baltimore, October 4 – 6, as the nation’s gerontological nurses continue to change the world for older adult health care!  

Warm Regards ,

 
     

 2012 NGNA Election Results

NGNA is pleased to announce the results of the 2012 Elections. The following members have been elected to serve as members of the Board of Directors for the coming year:
 
President-Elect:
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA
 
Treasurer:
Jean Gaines, PhD, RN, FNGNA
 
Directors-at-Large:
Melodee Harris, PhD, APN, GNP-BC
Linda Hassler, APRN-BC
 
Nominating Committee:  
Janice Crist, PhD, RN, FNGNA, FAAN
 
The 2012 – 2013 Directors will begin their terms following the 2012 NGNA Annual Convention.  The 2012-2013 Board of Directors is comprised of the following members (new and returning):
 
President:
Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNP-BC, FNGNA
 
President-Elect:
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA
 
Vice-President:
Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA
 
Treasurer:
Jean Gaines, PhD, RN, FNGNA
 
Secretary:
Caryl Mayo, MS, RN, FNGNA
 
Directors-at-Large:
Joanne Alderman, MSN, RN- BC, APRN, FNGNA
Elizabeth “Ibby” Tanner, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Melodee Harris, PhD, APN, GNP-BC
Linda Hassler, APRN-BC
 
Congratulations to the new members of the Board of Directors. Thank you to all Board members for your continued service and commitment to NGNA!
 


NGNA Fund Donors

NGNA appreciates the support provided by its donor members.  
 
NGNA Mission Advancement Fund
The Mission Advancement Fund was created by the NGNA Board of Directors to provide resources for projects and activities that advance the NGNA Purpose, to improve nursing care given to older adults.
 
2012 Mission Advancement  Fund Donors:
Martha Anderson, DNP, RN, CS, FNGNA
Joanne Alderman, MSN, RN- BC, APRN, FNGNA
Susan Carlson, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA
Rita Chow, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FNGNA
Nancy Chu, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNGNA
Neva Crogan, PhD, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA, FAAN
Bronwynne Evans, PhD, RN, FNGNA, ANEF, FAAN
Jean Gaines, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Melodee Harris, PhD, APN, GNP-BC
Judith Hertz, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA
Kathy Long, BSN, RN, BC, FNGNA
Beth Mastel-Smith, PhD, BSN, MS, FNGNA
Caryl Mayo, MS, RN, FNGNA
J. Eileen McArow, RN, PHN, MN
Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA
Susan O’Malley, RN, FNGNA
Becky Provine, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FNGNA
Barbara Raudonis, PhD, RN, FNGNA, FPCN
Jean Raymond, MSN, RN
Robin Remsburg, PhD,GCNS, FAAN, FNGNA
Marcia Shad, RN-BC, FNGNA
Cindy Shemansky, MEd, RN-BC, LNHA, FNGNA 
Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN, BC, CNS, CNE, FNGNA
Elizabeth Tanner, PhD, RN, FNGNA
 
NGNA Fellows Fund
To be an active Fellow, NGNA Fellows are required to donate at least ¾ of the value of their NGNA annual dues to the Fellows Fund.  The fund provides resources for student scholarships such as the Student Leadership Scholarship and mentoring activities.  
 
2012 Fellows Fund Donors:
Joanne Alderman MSN, RN- BC, APRN, FNGNA
Karen Armacost, MS, RN-BC
Martha Anderson, DNP, RN, CS, FNGNA
Judith Braun, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Virginia Burggraf, DNS, RN, C, FNGNA, FAAN
Susan Carlson, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA
Rita Chow, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, FNGNA
Nancy Chu, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Jackie Close, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNGNA
Neva Crogan, PhD, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA, FAAN
Bronwynne Evans, PhD, RN, FNGNA, ANEF, FAAN
Sarah Gilbert, RN, MSN, G-CNS, BC, FNGNA
Janellyn Herin, MSHS, BSN, PHN, RN,BC, CDE, CHES, FNGNA
Judith Hertz PhD, RN, FNGNA
Pamala Larsen, PhD, RN, CRRN, FNGNA
Annette Lueckenotte, MS, RN-BC, GNP, GCNS, FNGNA
Beth Mastel-Smith, PhD, BSN, MS, FNGNA
Caryl Mayo, MS, RN, FNGNA
Nanci Mcleskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA
Marilyn Newton RNC,CRRN, FNGNA
Susan O’Malley RN, FNGNA
Becky Provine, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FNGNA
Susan Schumacher MSN, APRN, BC, FNGNA
Marcia Shad, RN-BC, FNGNA
Cindy Shemansky, MEd, RN-BC, LNHA, FNGNA 
Darlene Shoemaker, MS, RN, C, FNGNA
Martha Sparks, PhD, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN, BC, CNS, CNE, FNGNA
Elizabeth Tanner, PhD, RN, FNGNA
 
NGNA Research Fund
NGNA periodically provides grants for research projects in gerontological nursing.  Currently NGNA is partnering with Sigma Theta Tau International on a joint geriatric nursing grant.  Revenue collected in the Research Fund is awarded to grant recipients.
 
2012 Research Fund Donor:
J. Eileen McArow, RN, PHN, MN
 
NGNA Scholarship Fund
NGNA provides scholarships to nursing students with the Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship and travel assistance to attend the NGNA Annual Convention with the Cindy Shemansky Scholarship.  The Scholarship Fund provides revenue for these annual awards.
 
2012 Scholarship Fund Donors:
Martha Laguna, RN
J. Eileen McArow, RN, PHN, MN
Cindy Shemansky, MEd, RN-BC, LNHA, FNGNA 
Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN, BC, CNS, CNE, FNGNA
 
Please follow the links below if you would like to support NGNA through a fund donation.  You can also donate by mailing a check to NGNA Headquarters, 3493 Lansdowne Drive, Ste 2, Lexington, KY 40517.  Please include the donation fund name on the check.  You may also donate using your credit card over the phone, by calling 1-800-723-0560.  
 
Thank you for your support!
 
Mission Advancement: http://tinyurl.com/6w2d7y4
 
 
Scholarship Fund: http://tinyurl.com/7klgj95
 


NGNA Promotes Quality Nursing Care in Nursing Homes

NGNA, as part of the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO), joined with the American Nurses Association to provide comments to CMS for Requirements for Participation for Long Term Care Facilities, 42 CFR  §483 Subpart B.  Comments urged the review of §483.30 Nursing Services and specifically addressed the importance of the role of the RN in nursing homes, RN staffing levels, and the importance of a full time RN to serve as Director of Nursing, in order to ensure quality nursing care delivery and positive health outcomes.  Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing also joined in support of these comments.   
 


2012 Convention Update


Submitted by Jane Hannah Herin, MSHS, BSN, RNBC, PHH, CDE, CHES, FNGNA Co-Chair, Convention Planning Committee

We are pleased to announce that registration is up and running for the Annual Convention, set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland, October 4-6.  We have some outstanding events planned, which include a Crab Feast at one of Baltimore’s iconic seafood restaurants, off site visits to various nursing home facilities, Dinner for Eight, General Sessions, committee meetings and special programs for students and first time attendees.  
 
We also have some wonderful speakers scheduled, including  two physicians: George Taler, MD and Jonathan Zenielman,  MD,  who were added after my last update. The other general speakers have been highlighted in previous SIGN articles.  Please view the conference brochure online  for specific details.
 
Some of our topics for concurrent sessions include:
 
  • Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action: Nurses Shaping Policies for the Care of Older Adults
  • Building Healthy Communities with Medical Religious Partnerships
  • Participation in an Interprofessional Senior Mentor Program 
  • Subcutaneous Infusion: An Effective Analgesic Alternative for the Dying Patient
  • Geriatric Oncology - Comprehensive Team
  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Creating Opportunities for Students to Engage in Interdisciplinary Geriatric Education
  • Implementing a Comprehensive Functional Model of Care in Hospitalized Older Adults 
  • Innovative and Meaningful Community- Based Clinical Experiences with Older Adults
  • Does Geriatric Training Affect Practice? A Research Study with Implications for Practice and Education
  • Is There Sex After 60?
  • Reducing Hospital Readmissions
  • Fall Prevention: It Takes a Village
  • Comprehensive Assessments Lead to More LTC Residents Walking
  • Transitioning Elders Across the Continuum of Healthcare
We are pleased to confirm that the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award is Keela Herr, PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF.  We are looking forward to hearing about her work, insights, and achievements on Friday morning, October 5th.