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President's Message: "Renew and Refresh!"

By Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA

Welcome to summer! A time of taking a well-deserved “break” (vacation), visiting friends and family, watching fireworks, and of fostering personal renewal. This is the time of year I catch up on my journal reading, attempt to write those two articles I put off all winter, contemplate applying for a DNP program or maybe a PhD program, and decide what Fall nursing conferences to attend.

Speaking of conferences, NGNA’s 2014 Annual Conference, themed NGNA on the Riverwalk: Spur Your Passion for Older Adults, is now available for registration. Our annual gathering will be in the great state of Texas, along the famed San Antonio Riverwalk. We are offering up to 16 CEU credit hours.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), in 2008, focused attention on the geriatric health care workforce in Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. One of the key recommendations was to train more health care providers in the basics of geriatrics. Another recommendation was the need for “all health care organizations to ensure that nurses continue their education and engage in lifelong learning to gain competencies needed.” These recommendations echo what was stated in the 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing:Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Knowledge and skill, through education, involves nurses throughout the world engaging in the art and science of nursing. Examples include maintaining membership in professional organizations, such as the American Nurses Association and State Nursing Associations as part of our commitment to nursing. Also, involvement in and attending as many conferences as time and budget will allow is valuable for professional growth. Additionally, maintaining a current knowledge base of evidence-based practice protocols/guidelines for practice and teaching is essential. You can add to your current knowledge base by attending our conference where you will hear national and local thought leaders, gain valuable resources and learn of new industry innovations. Come and be inspired by the amazing work our colleagues are engaged in around the country. Meet your peers. Renew and refuel your passion for gerontological nursing. And, above all else, have fun!

All the best,
 
Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA
President

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Mark Your Calendars! NGNA/ABNF Webinar to be held Thursday, September 25

NGNA and the Association of Black Nursing Faculty (ABNF) are pleased to jointly present a webinar to their members on Thursday, September 25 at 1:00 pm EST, titled Cultural Awareness and Family Caregiving: Taking Care of the Caregiver. To register for the webinar, click here.

Faculty members include:

Cassandra Ford, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor
Capstone College of Nursing
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Patsy Smith, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

There is no conflict of interest for any planner or presenter.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • discuss the importance of cultural awareness of caregivers across cultures
  • discuss the physical and mental impact of caregiving among culturally diverse caregivers
  • identify culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive methods for addressing the chronic conditions and stressors faced by culturally diverse caregivers
  • identify resources to specify services and interventions that may be helpful to meet the needs of caregivers.

This activity has been submitted to Montana Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Montana Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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The 2014 Midterm Federal Elections: What Nurses Need to Know Webinar

Register Now! The Nursing Community presents:The 2014 Midterm Federal Elections: What Nurses Need to Know Webinar

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 3:00-4:00pm ET

With 2014 midterm elections quickly approaching, it is important that nurses understand the political dynamics that will impact the election cycle. Mr. Wade Delk (American Society for Pain Management Nursing) and Mr. Dave Mason (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and National Nursing Centers Consortium) will be discussing how to stay informed of the election process and how potential outcomes may impact nursing and healthcare policy. Attendees will learn how to maximize political tools, become informed voters, and how to ensure the profession’s voice is heard in the upcoming election.

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AHRQ Announces Continued Interest in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Career Development Awards

Background and Research Areas of Interest

The mission of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

The overall goal of the AHRQ PCOR Career Development Program is to build the nation's capacity for comparative clinical effectiveness research.

Improving Health Care Quality by Accelerating Implementation of PCOR

Within the mission, AHRQ seeks research that will help to improve the health and health care of all by accelerating the use of evidence about 'what works, for whom, under what circumstances' into clinical practice and health care policy development. Research should focus on ensuring that patients and their families, health care professionals, and health care policy makers have the information they need in order to make informed health care decisions and are able and empowered to use it. Specifically, AHRQ areas of PCOR research interest include:
  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of synthesizing, translating, and communicating complex scientific evidence to facilitate informed care planning and health care decision making by patients, families, and health care professionals at the individual level and informed policy decision making at the health system and population level.
  • Discovering, testing, and spreading techniques for health care practice improvement to improve health care quality, including accelerating the sustainable implementation of evidence-based practice. AHRQ has particular interest in practice improvement in ambulatory care settings.
  • Improving health care quality through the use of information systems and data resources that both provide meaningful clinical decision support to health care professionals and patients and families at the point of care and that capture important actions and outcomes of health care to support clinical and organizational improvement.
  • Developing the methods underlying the fields of evidence synthesis, stakeholder and patient engagement, decision making, and practice improvement.

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Advocacy Update

Help Increase RN staffing in Nursing Homes:
Ask your Congressperson to Co-sponsor 24-hr RN Bill

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has introduced a bill - H.R. 5373 - calling for nursing homes to have a registered nurse (RN) on duty 24 hours a day/7 days a week! Currently, federal law only requires nursing homes receiving Medicaid and/or Medicare funding to have a RN on duty 8 hours a day/7 days a week. Now we need you to ask your U.S. Representative to sponsor the bill by September 8 when Congress returns from recess. Getting as many cosponsors as possible will help the legislation get off to a strong start. The more sponsors there are – particularly when they are both Republicans and Democrats – the more likely other House members will be to support the bill as it moves forward.

To ask your Congressperson, just click here. It’s quick and easy.

Why round-the-clock RN coverage is critical:
  • Only a RN can assess a resident’s condition. The absence of RN staffing for up to 16 hours each day means that there is no one present capable of assessing and responding when residents’ medical conditions suddenly change or deteriorate.
  • Residents are entering nursing homes from hospitals “quicker and sicker." Their care requires a high level of skill and knowledge. Registered nurses are the only nursing personnel with the education, training, and licensure to provide timely clinical assessment, appropriate medical intervention, and evaluation of nursing home residents. Other nursing home personnel such as LPN’s and geriatric nurse assistants are not trained to provide such assessments or interventions.
  • Research shows that higher RN levels improve resident care. Higher levels result in lower antipsychotic use, fewer pressure ulcers, less restraint use and cognitive decline, fewer urinary tract infections and catheterizations, less weight loss, less decrease in function and fewer unnecessary hospitalizations of nursing home residents.

Help us jumpstart this important bill that would improve the health and safety of nursing home residents nationwide.

Thanks again for your advocacy!