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President's Message; Volume 17, Issue 6

The Courage to Lead

Susan Carlson, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA
NGNA President

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.1
- John Buchan

To put it another way, leadership is when you look for and find the strengths of others and mobilize them for action toward a vision. NGNA conventions illustrate these phenomena artfully and deliberately. In my experience, NGNA conventions have always included a blend of culture, entertainment, scholarly pursuit, and professional networking, all centered on our mission of improving the quality of nursing care provided to older adults.

The NGNA 25th Anniversary Convention added the historical perspective and our call to action for gerontological nursing’s future. There was no better way to celebrate our past, present, and future than to unveil our 2010 Gerontological Nursing Practice: Scope and Standards of Practice (4th ed.)2 and to hear the highlights of the IOM Report on “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”3 delivered by Jennie Chin Hansen, IOM committee member and recipient of the 2007 NGNA Lifetime Achievement Award.