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    2018 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    March 16-17, 2018, Boston Park Plaza, Boston MA

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  • Call for Abstracts:

    37th Annual GAPNA Conference
    September 26-29, 2018 in Washington, DC

    Podium Abstracts - due December 5, 2017
    Research and Clinical Project Abstracts for Podium and Poster Presentation - due March 15, 2018
    Education Poster Abstracts - due March 15, 2018
    Student Poster Abstracts - due March 15, 2018 (NEW)

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  • Gerontology Resources for APRN Preceptors and Students ToolkitCareer Center

    The Education- and Toolkit Committees of GAPNA launched their 2017 newly revised “Gerontology Resources for APRN Preceptors and Students,” toolkit.

    The goal of this toolkit is to make geriatric and gerontological content accessible to those caring for older adults. It is designed with advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) students, preceptors, and educators in mind, and it provides a single portal to comprehensive resources.

    Learn more about the toolkit

  • The GAPNA Clinical Resource Corner

    Designed Especially
    for the Gerontological Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

    With over 105+ categories, the short features/articles contain valuable information tailored especially for Gerontological APRN's that will help them with patients, as well as increase their knowledge of this field of nursing. All of the articles directly affect, involve, and impact the elderly.

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  • FREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Delirium"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2016 Annual Conference)


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Awards & Scholarships

GAPNA Awards nominations are accepted March 1 through June 1 every year. The nominations are tallied in July and the winners are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference. Self-nominations are invited.

The Health Affairs Scholarship nominations are accepted every year through October 15th and the winner is announced in December.

GAPNA Excellence Awards

Chapter Excellence Award

The Chapter Excellence Award honors a chapter that best promotes the goals of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) through its member relationships, professional activities, and promotion of advanced practice gerontological nursing throughout the local, regional, and/or state during the past year.

The winning chapter will be awarded $250.00.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The chapter must be officially chartered by the GAPNA Board of Directors.
  • The chapter must be in compliance with all chapter obligations and in good standing with the GAPNA National Office.
  • The completed application must be received by the National Office by the given deadline.
  • Please note: Only ONE application per Chapter will be accepted and must be submitted by the Chapter President or designee. Any chapter nominations forms submitted to the National Office by a chapter member will be returned to the Chapter President.

Application deadline: June 1
(Application submissions are now closed)

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Special Interest Group Excellence Award

The Special Interest Group Excellence Award honors a SIG that best promotes the goals of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) through its member involvement, professional activities, and promotion of Gerontological advanced practice gerontological nursing during the past year.

The award recognizes a SIG that promotes engagement of members in the area of special interest and in the advancement of gerontological nursing practice.

Examples of the following are appropriate for consideration:

  • Overall SIG Organization, Structure and relationship to National Organization.
  • Evidence of member participation in the area of special interest.
  • Position papers, white papers relative to the area of special interest and/or gerontological advanced practice nursing.
  • Involvement and outcomes in practice issues.
  • Involvement and outcomes in community service.
  • Involvement and outcomes in legislative activities.
  • Development of resources relative to the area of special interest.
  • Development of evidence-based practice documents and best practices in the area of special interest.
  • Development of activities promoting quality health care of older adults.
  • Development of partnerships to encourage advanced nursing practice, policy and research.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The SIG must be officially recognized by the GAPNA Board of Directors.
  • The SIG must be current in all SIG obligations and in good standing with the GAPNA National Office.
  • The completed application must be received by the National Office by the given deadline.
  • Please note: Only ONE application per SIG will be accepted and must be submitted by the SIG Chair or designee. Any SIG nominations forms submitted to the National Office by a SIG member will be returned to the SIG Chair.

Application deadline: June 1
(Application submissions are now closed)

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Excellence in Clinical Practice Award

This award for outstanding clinical practice should be to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to geriatric clinical practice.

This award should be for an individual who demonstrates, through the use of geriatric principles, outstanding geriatric care that goes well beyond the traditional service role of their profession. The award highlights clinical practice as an important element of the mission of nursing professionals and singles out individuals who serve as examples of geriatric expertise.

The award recipient must have a broad-based, continuing commitment to geriatric care as reflected in a variety of programs and initiatives which are responsive to medical and social needs of the geriatric population. This recipient should be active in furthering geriatric education at the local and regional levels through precepting, in-services and educational presentations.

Examples of the types of experience appropriate for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Using Geriatric principles to provide advanced practice nursing care.
  • Acting as primary care provider, consultant, educator, coach and advocate.
  • Utilizing geriatric principles to provide care and treatment.
  • Meeting multiple needs and requests of geriatric client.
  • Responding to cultural differences of older adults and their caregivers.
  • Acting as an advocate for geriatric client.
  • Applying a multidisciplinary approach in the care of an elder consulting other health care providers and additional agencies as required.
  • Using current research to support decision-making and to improve healthcare of older adults.

Application deadline: June 1
(Application submissions are now closed)

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Excellence in Community Service Award

This award for outstanding community service should be to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to service to the community.

This commitment should be demonstrated through the development or participation in programs that go well beyond the traditional service role of their profession. The award highlights community service as an important element of the mission of nursing professionals and singles out individuals who serve as examples of social responsiveness on the part of the nursing community.

The award recipient must have a broad-based, continuing commitment to community service as reflected in a variety of programs and initiatives which are responsive to community and social needs and which show evidence of a true partnership with the community. This recipient may be active in volunteering service to local, national, geriatric, or specialty nursing groups which benefit the community in which they serve.

Examples of the types of programs appropriate for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developing or being involved in innovative programs of patient care/service to disadvantaged communities or to the geriatric community.
  • Participating in educational programs targeted at traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Leading efforts to focus community resources responding to health needs such as prevention and health education, patient care, and social and supportive services.
  • Providing educational experiences in underserved areas for nursing students to encourage eventual practice in such communities.
  • Developing programs to meet the needs of isolated communities, geriatric communities, or communities which have a large geriatric population.
  • Developing programs that use the unique assets and resources to address continuing educational, economic, and/or systemic community problems.

Application deadline: June 1
(Application submissions are now closed)

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Excellence in Education Award

The award for excellence in education recognizes an individual involved in the teaching and/or design of gerontological nurse practitioner curriculum or course content.

The faculty member will demonstrate knowledge of the care of older adults and the ability to translate that knowledge to enhance students’ understanding in innovative ways. The faculty member will encourage and inspire advanced practice students to develop their excellence in gerontology. In addition to excellence in teaching, the faculty member will exhibit excellence in practice and service to the community.

Examples of programs appropriate for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developed or led courses and/or programs of study with gerontological content at the masters or doctoral level.
  • Integrated geriatric competencies into didactic or clinical learning at the masters or doctoral level.
  • Implemented innovative teaching in a course highlighting gerontological content.
  • Development of an academic practice.
  • Formed a community partnership which met educational objectives while meeting the needs of the older adult community.

Application deadline: June 1
(Application submissions are now closed)

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Excellence in Leadership Award

This award for outstanding leadership should be to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to geriatrics; through direct care, education and/or research.

This award should be for an individual who demonstrates the tenacity to advocate, through a variety of means, for geriatric education and care in a variety of settings that goes well beyond the traditional service role of their profession. The award highlights leadership as an important element of the mission of nursing professionals and singles out individuals who serve as examples of geriatric expertise.

The award recipient must have a broad-based, continuing commitment to geriatric care as reflected in a variety of programs and initiatives which are responsive to medical and social needs of the geriatric population. This recipient should be active in furthering geriatric knowledge at the local and regional levels through clinical care, education, research and/or political involvement.

Examples of the types of experience appropriate for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Excelling at geriatric care.
  • Innovating clinical practice to enhance the care of geriatric clients.
  • Creating clinical models that more efficiently care for geriatric clients.
  • Leading change (small or large) that improve quality of care.
  • Promoting an environment of change.
  • Excelling at communication and relationship building.
  • Energizing others to promote geriatric care.

Application deadline: June 1
(Application submissions are now closed)

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Excellence in Research Award

This award for research should be to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to research in nursing that benefits the geriatric community.

This commitment should be demonstrated through the development or participation in research projects that emphasize or go beyond the traditional service role of their profession. The award highlights research as an important element of the mission of nursing professionals and singles out individuals who serve as examples of nursing scientists within the nursing community.

The award recipient must have a broad-based, continuing commitment to research as reflected in a variety of programs and initiatives which are responsive to the geriatric nursing community. This recipient may be active in conducting research, mentoring other researchers, and contributing to ongoing research of other nursing scientists.

Examples of the types of programs appropriate for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Made outstanding contributions to the science of nursing through research, development of new knowledge in nursing, or to furthering nursing knowledge through research.
  • Contributed to the development and testing of nursing interventions to improve geriatric nursing care.
  • Completed research and scholarship that informs practice and advances geriatric education of advanced practice nurses.
  • Provided information that can inform health care policy to improve the care to the geriatric community.
  • Demonstrated leadership in research in geriatric nursing (conducting research, mentoring, participating in research projects, etc).
  • Demonstrated expertise in research through an earned doctorate or post doctorate in research.

Application deadline: June 1
(Application submissions are now closed)

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GAPNA Scholarship

Health Affairs Scholarship

The Scholarship is intended to provide assistance to a GAPNA member who wishes to attend the annual American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Health Policy Conference by granting them up to $1,500 to be used for registration fees, travel, lodging, and other conference-related costs.

The following criteria will be used in selecting the GAPNA Heath Affairs Scholarship recipient:

  • GAPNA membership for a minimum of two years; student membership applies.
  • Demonstrated interest in health affairs and policy legislation but cannot have previously attended the AANP Health Policy Conference.

Terms of Acceptance of the GAPNA Heath Affairs Scholarship:

  • The recipient agrees to commit to participate actively on the GAPNA Health Affairs Committee for the next two years and to participate in the planning of the Health Affairs Committee activities at the annual GAPNA conference.
  • The recipient will submit an article on the AANP Health Policy Conference for the next issue of the GAPNA newsletter.
  • The recipient should participate in conference activities related to Health Affairs.

NOW is the time to apply. Follow in the footsteps of former recipients who are quoted as saying:

"Attending the annual 2017 AANP Health Policy Conference helped me understand how Nurse Practitioners from different states support the uniform legislation to promote consistency in the NP practice..." Read more...
~Izabela Kazana, DNP, AGPCNP-BC (2016-2017 Recipient)

"I believe that NPs need a continuing campaign to educate legislators and other providers as well as the general public on what Nurse Practitioners do and how we fill gaps in healthcare delivery; one that highlights our education, as well as contributions to research, population wellness and quality of life for the individuals under our care..." Read more...
~Deborah Wolff-Baker MSN, ACHPN, FNP-BC (2015-2016 Recipient)

"Attending the AANP Health Policy Conference was really inspirational. It was thrilling to learn from the people who are influencing policy makers and advocating for the interests of NPs and their patients.  I really came to understand that each one of us has the opportunity and obligation to be part of this grassroots advocacy. Thank you so much for this privilege!"
~Debi Onken (2013-2014 Recipient) Read more...

“I cannot believe how much I learned from this conference. I came away from the Summit with a renewed sense of responsibility to participate in health care policy.”
~Meghan Routt (2011-2012 Recipient)

“Attending the ACNP Summit helped me understand the importance of APNs speaking with a collective voice in order to champion change and ensure quality healthcare for our elders.”
~Patty Kang (2009-2010 Recipient)

What will your quote be after you attend?

Application deadline (for 2018): October 15.
Applications received after October 15, will be for 2019.

To apply for the scholarship, please complete the online application.

 


GAPNA Foundation Awards

The primary goal of the GAPNA Foundation is to provide financial support for research and educational opportunities. The GAPNA Foundation offers three annual awards and three cash prizes.

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Become a GAPNA Member!

GAPNA Members are an elite group of APN's who advance the practice of gerontological nursing, and the well-being of the public through advocacy, dissemination of knowledge, and provision of member growth opportunities.

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