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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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NGNA Call for Volunteers

If you are interested in contributing your skills and you are an active member, please fill out the information in the form at the link below for consideration of a committee appointment. NGNA’s leadership looks forward to your participation.

Due November 7, 2014. Click here to complete the volunteer form.
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Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association Conference

18th Biennial Conference
May 27-30, 2015 ~ Charlottetown, PEI

This year’s CGNA Conference will cross bridges between disciplines, generations, and practices to overcome challenges and promote innovation in gerontological nursing.

Click here to download the flyer
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Congratulations to NGNA’s 2014 Award Winners!

The following awards were presented during the President’s Awards Luncheon at the recent 2014 NGNA Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Distinguished Service Award
Presented to: Emily Hilderman, DNP

Outstanding Nurse Educator Award
Presented to: Barbara Heise, PhD, APRN, CNE

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – APRN
Presented to: JoAnn Coleman, DNP, RN, MS, MA, ANP, ACNP, AOCN

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – RN
Presented to: Doris Johnson, RN

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – LPN/LVN
Presented to: Babatunde O. Alegbeleye, LPN

Judith Braun Excellence in Research Award
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Preparedness as de facto Mental Health Provider for the Depressed Older Adult
Lorraine M. Novosel, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC

Innovations in Practice Award
An Innovative Approach to Integrate Music Therapy in Acute Care within a Cost Containment Environment
Sue Durkin, MSN, CCRN, CCNS

Recognition of Scholarship Recipients Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship
2014 Graduate Recipient:
Briana Pefley, BSN, RN

2014 Undergraduate Recipients:
Theresa Jepsen
Jessica Marshall

Conferment of 2014 NGNA Fellows
Carol Ann Amann, MSN, BSN, RN-BC, FNGNA
Denise Lyons, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, ACNS-BC, FNGNA
Anita Meehan, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, FNGNA
Colleen Steinhauser, MSN, RN, BC, FNGNA
Diana Sturdevant, MS, GNC-BC, APRN, FNGNA
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2014 Convention Photo Gallery Now Available


Photos from the 2014 NGNA Annual Convention are now available. Click here to access the photo gallery.