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2015 Updated AGS Beers Criteria

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) released its 2015 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. For more than 20 years, the Beers Criteria have served as a valued resource for healthcare professionals about the safety of prescribing medications to older adults. In fact, the AGS Beers Criteria have become one of the most frequently used reference tools in the field of geriatrics. The AGS Beers Criteria were previously updated in 2012.

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2015 Award Winners

NGNA is is pleased to announce the award winners from the 2015 Annual Convention: Outstanding Nurse Educator Award
Presented to: Elizabeth “Ibby” Tanner, PhD, RN, FNGNA

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – APRN
Presented to: Joanne Alderman, MSN, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – RN
Presented to: Maureen Watson, RN

Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Award – CNA/UDCP
Presented to: Mary Johnson

Outstanding Chapter Award
Presented to: Florida Gerontological Nursing Association (FLGNA)

New Chapter Recognition
Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter
Central Virginia Chapter

Innovations in Practice Award
Improving End-of-Life Care: Evidence-based Curriculum for Nursing Students
Nanci McLeskey, MCG, MDiv, RN-BC, FNGNA

Student Leadership Awards

Graduate Recipient: Marion Trumbull

Undergraduate Recipient: Jessica Marshall

Mary Opal Wolanin Scholarship

2015 Graduate Recipient: Sharon Coffey

2015 Undergraduate Recipient: Salina Smialek

Cindy Shemansky Travel Scholarship

Charlotte Radu, BSN, RN, BC

Conferment of 2015 NGNA Fellows

Alyce Ashcraft, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNS, CNE, FNGNA
Beth Culross, RN, GCNS-BC, CRRN, FNGNA
Beverly Heasley, BSN, RN, MBA, FNGNA
Debra Sanders, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

NGNA 2015 Wall of Honor


Click here to nominate a deserving member for the Wall of Honor today

Elizabeth Capezuti, Ph.D.
Nominated by: Sharon Stahl Wexler, PhD, RN, BC, FNGNA
"Thank you for paving the way for gerontological nurses!"

Jackie Close, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey and Ann M. Mayo, DNSc, RN
"Jackie is an exceptional gerontological nurse and advocate for older adult quality of life!"
2015 Research Committee Member

Lin Drury, PhD, RN
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Jean Gaines, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Susan Goncalves, DNP, MS, RN-BC
Nominated by: Peter Donato
Peg Gray-Vickrey, DNS, RN, FNGNA
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Kathleen Hall, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Janellyn Hannah Herin, MSHS, BSN, PHN, RN,BC, CDE, CHES, FNGNA
Nominated by: Anonymous
“Jane has been a Board member for many organizations... she is an advocate”

Barbara Hulsman, PhD, RN
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Michelle Kimzey, MSN, RN
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Beth Mastel-Smith, PhD, BSN, MS, FNGNA
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Caryl Mayo, MS, RN, FNGNA
Nominated by: Marcia Daly Shad, RN-BC, FNGNA
"With thanks for your longtime devotion to our organization, and in recognition of your promotion to full professorship role at University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College of Nursing"

Cherie Simpson, PhD, APRN, CNS-BC
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Janet K. Specht, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Nominated by: Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA
"Congratulations on your NGNA Lifetime Achievement Award!"

Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA
Nominated by: Trudy Williams, PhD, RN
"A great advocate and leader for the gerontological population"

In Memory of
Cynthia Steele, RN, MPH
You Will Always Be Our Caring Hands
Maryland/DC Chapter, NGNA

Ibby Tanner, PhD, RN, FNGNA
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, BC, FNGNA
Nominated by: Peg Gray-Vickrey
2015 Research Committee Member

Carole H. Woolfork, MA, RNC
Nominated by: Carole Hyman
“Carole was always there for me when I needed help with my seniors.”

Miss Colorado and ALL (stethoscope-wearing) nurses!
Nominated by: Caryl A Mayo, MS, RN, FNGNA
"Thank you for your courage as we educate the world on who nurses really are! You are the real winner of the pageant. P.S. – An ED doc borrows MY stethoscope when he needs one at home for his family!"

The Clinical Team, Geriatric Clinic, Washington, DC VAMC
Nominated by: Susan Carlson, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA
"Honoring Your Service To Our Veterans"

Cedar Commons and Keystone Center Staff of Masonic Home of New Jersey
Nominated by: Cindy Shemansky, MEd, RN-BC, LNHA, FNGNA, Assistant Executive Director/Administrator
"Thank you for caring and making a difference in the lives of our residents!"

An Accelerated Review Symposium for the ANCC Generalist Gerontological Nursing Certification Exam

Course Description: This two-day symposium will focus on selected geriatric health issues and provide registered nurses with classroom instruction and advanced practice Gerontological nursing expertise to prepare them to study for and take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) generalist Gerontological Nurse Certification exam. Strategies to enhance test-taking skills will be emphasized.

Target Audience: Registered Nurses who care for older adults. LPNs are welcome to enroll; however they are not eligible to take the ANCC Gerontological Nurse exam.

Date: August 26 AND August 27, 2015 (In order to receive CEUs, attendance is required both days.)

Time: 8am - 4:30pm (lunch on your own)

Location: Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Auditorium, 8303 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68114

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