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President's Message: "Celebrate the Cycle of Life"

By Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA

As summer segues into Fall I am reminded of the beauty that the changing of the seasons brings. It is the life cycle of birth (Spring/Summer) and dormancy/death (Fall/Winter). As Gero nurses, we experience these changes within our practices every day. Most people outside our world are scratching their heads at this statement. Believing that all we see is sadness and death. It seems like we have a secret that we need to share about the richness and wonder of the lives we are privileged to serve. Just today a dear friend of mine who is 75 years young called me with incredible excitement about her new iPhone 6. She spoke very rapidly about how she needed the new features, especially the Blue Tooth as her new sports car has the technology. I asked why the IPhone and she stated that she needed it to synch with her IPad. So, new technology is just for “young” people? I think not. This is just one of many stories we all have about living well, living long.

In our society and culture unfortunately, ageism is alive and well. As Gero health advocates, we are on the front line of dispelling the myths and educating the public. I truly believe it is our duty. With over 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the United States, we are creating a mass cohort of baby boomers who are an amazing, productive, innovative group. Enough already with the “old people” jokes, cards, slights, and innuendos. It is not funny. It is disrespectful and uneducated. As a baby boomer and aging woman I am offended by the platitudes, the ‘ma’am’s, ‘you are too old to go back to school’, ‘shouldn’t you be retiring’, and ‘I am only concerned about your welfare’ comments.

No, I am not retiring anytime soon, yes, I am looking into grad school, and thank you for your concern but I am in a great space professionally. We have an amazing opportunity to set the example of living long, living well. Our next generation of nurses as well as patients, residents, and clients are counting on us. So, as the Fall leads into Winter, please take time for self-care and self-renewal. We need our health - physically, mentally, and spiritually - to continue our quest as advocates and a voice for older adults.

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


Free Webinar: The 114th U.S. Congress - A 101 for Nurses

The Nursing Community will be presenting a free webinar on January 29, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET - "The 114th U.S. Congress: A 101 for Nurses".

On January 6, 2015, members of the 114th U.S. Congress convened in our nation’s capital to begin a new legislative session. This Congress will need to work collaboratively to address major policies impacting health care. Join the Nursing Community for a webinar discussing how the political landscape will likely influence policies of interest. The speakers will provide listeners with an overview of the political makeup of the House of Representatives and the Senate, how Congressional dynamics influence the legislative process, pressing issues for Congress to address, and what nurses can do to engage as informed advocates.

One contact hour will be awarded to those who attend the entire webinar and submit an evaluation. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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Meridian Health Ann May Center for Nursing


Meridian Health Ann May Center for Nursing Presents Our Annual Geriatric Evidence-Based Practice NICHE Conference.

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club Farmingdale NJ.

For more information, please call 732-481-8572 or e-mail annmaycenter@meridianhealth.com

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*Brochure to follow

Hagerstown Community College presents Gerontological Nursing Review

Hagerstown Community College presents Gerontological Nursing Review with Carol Rauen RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, CEN, RN-BC.

When: Wednesday, April 23, and Thursday, April 24, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This course is intended for nurses who are planning to take the ANCC Gerontological Nursing Certification Exam. The lectures will cover all body systems, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment strategies, and treatment options that are unique for care of older adults.

Registration:To register, call 240-500-2236 or visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/coned for more information.

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2015 NICHE Conference

April 14-17
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin,
Lake Buena Vista, FL