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NGNA President-Elect Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA Directs $148,000 State Grant for Nursing Home Staff Geriatric Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recently announced the awarding of a State of Oklahoma and Federal (CMS) grant to fund the creation of the first in the U.S. geriatric education program for nursing home staff. Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA, is project director of the $148,000 grant and manager of Geriatric Collaborative Care Nursing Services (GCCNS-LLC) here.

The purpose of the program is to provide geriatric training to non-clinical staff, certified nurse aides (CNA), certified medication aides (CMA), and nurses (LPN & RN) using the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program model. The model facilitates early recognition of geriatric syndromes and chronic diseases in the frail older adult.

Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla., a NICHE designated hospital, is sponsoring the two Tulsa nursing homes involved in the project: Oklahoma Methodist Manor and Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care.

According to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, “the breadth and depth of geriatric education and training for healthcare professions remain inadequate and despite some improvements, geriatrics principles are still too often insufficiently represented in healthcare training curricula and clinical experiences focused on gerontology are not robust.”

NGNA Releases National Standards Recommended to Prepare Nurses to Care for Older Adults

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce recommendations for improving educational preparation of registered nurses to care for older adults.

NGNA’s Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group developed a position statement in response to the growing numbers of older adults, estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to reach 20% of the total population by the year 2030.

“With less than 1% of the nation’s registered nurses certified in gerontological nursing, the need for strengthening the current and future nursing workforce to deliver excellent care to older adults is imperative,” says NGNA President Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA.

To read the entire Position Statement, click here.

Upcoming Webinar on February 26th

Mark Your Calendar! The NGNA Webinar: Break Free: Fighting Fragility Fractures will take place on Thursday, February 26that 1:00 pm EST. To register for the webinar, click here.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the scope of the impact of fragility fractures
  • Identify intrinsic and extrinsic factors that contribute to fragility fracture
  • Discuss two screening tools for identifying individuals at risk for fragility
  • Identify common consequences of fragility fracture
  • Review pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities for prevention and treatment of fragility fractures
  • Summarize follow up care issues to maximize quality of life and reduce risk of secondary fracture

The faculty members for this activity are:

Anita Meehan, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, FNGNA
CNS, Geriatrics; NICHE Director
Akron General Medical Center
Akron, Ohio

Karen Hertz, RN, BSc (Hons), MSc
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
University Hospital of the North Midlands
Stoke on Trent, England, United Kingdom

Ami Hommel, RN, CNS, PhD
Associate Professor
Lund University
Department of Orthopaedics
Skane University Hospital
Lund, Sweden

Valerie MacDonald, RN, BSN, MSN, ONC
CNS, Fraser Health Authority
Burnaby Hospital Administration
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

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

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.

Click Here to Register