• Join us in Boston for our 4th conference!

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

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

    Earn up to 11.5 CNE hours

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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.

    Go to the GAPNA Clinical Resource Corner

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

    "Delirium"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2016 Annual Conference)


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Special Interest Groups

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It's easier than ever to sign up. Fill out the Committee/SIG Commitment to Serve Form online!

Acute Care SIG (New)

Chair: Michele Talley - talleym@uab.edu

Terms of Office: Chair – 2 years (optional 2nd term); Chair- Elect – 1 year, assumes role of Chair; Members – 1 year.

SIG Description: The Acute Care SIG meets on a regular basis to network and explore the partnership opportunities to leverage each other’s strengths related to acute care issues common for those who care for those with geriatric syndromes in order to delight current members and attract new members.

Time Commitment: Attendance at Committee meeting during Annual Conference. Participation on monthly conference all or online meetings throughout the year. Approximately 6-12 hours of outside work throughout the year.

GeroPsych SIG

Chair: Melodee Harris - t2mharris@aol.com

Terms of Office: Chair – 2 years (optional 2nd term); Chair-Elect – 1 year, assumes role of Chair; Members – 1 year.

SIG Description: The purpose of the GeroPsych SIG is to provide a forum for adult-gero PMH APRNs to focus on the care of older adults with mental, emotional and behavioral health problems including clinical practice, educational and research issues.

Time Commitment: Attendance at Committee meeting during Annual Conference. Participation on monthly conference calls throughout the year. Approximately 6-12 hours of outside work throughout the year.

Hospice/Palliative Care SIG

Chair: Ami Goodnough - agoodAGDNP@yahoo.com

Terms of Office: Chair – 2 years (optional 2nd term); Chair-Elect – 1 year, assumes role of Chair; Members – 1 year.

SIG Description: The Hospice/Palliative Care SIG meets on a regular basis to network and explore the partnership opportunities with key palliative care organizations to leverage each others’ strengths around practice, research, policy, education and advocacy.

Time Commitment: Attendance at Committee meeting during Annual Conference. Participation on monthly conference calls throughout the year. Approximately 6-12 hours of outside work throughout the year.

House Calls SIG

Chair: Helen Horvath -  helen.horvath@gmail.com

Terms of Office: Chair – 2 years (optional 2nd term); Chair-Elect – 1 year, assumes role of Chair; Members – 1 year.

SIG Description: The House Calls SIG is interested in the area of primary care of geriatric patients that receive their health care in the home. Goals include: develop interest in the House Calls arena; provide info on starting a House Calls business or working in the field; promote and support legislation that improves House Calls; and educate other nurses and the general public about services of the House Calls Nurse Practitioner.

Time Commitment: Attendance at Committee meeting during Annual Conference. Participation on monthly conference calls throughout the year. Approximately 6-12 hours of outside work throughout the year.

Leadership SIG

Chair: Joan Carpenter - joan.g.carpenter@gmail.com

Terms of Office: Chair – 2 years (optional 2nd term); Chair-Elect – 1 year, assumes role of Chair; Members – 1 year.

SIG Description: The Leadership SIG focuses on developing and broadening leadership skills, mentoring others, and developing a session for the annual conference.

Time Commitment: Attendance at Committee meeting during Annual Conference. Participation on monthly conference calls throughout the year. Approximately 6-12 hours of outside work throughout the year.

Cross Cultural Care SIG

Chair: Kate Aldrich - kaldrich@sonic.net

Terms of Office: Chair – 2 years (optional 2nd term); Chair-Elect – 1 year, assumes role of Chair; Members – 1 year.

SIG Description: The purpose of the CCC SIG is to identify health care issues relevant to older adults in culturally diverse communities.  This SIG will look to identify universalities, disparities, challenges, and barriers to providing culturally competent health care by APRNs to older adults and families of diverse groups.

Time Commitment: Attendance at Committee meeting during Annual Conference. Participation on monthly conference calls throughout the year. Approximately 6-12 hours of outside work throughout the year.

Post Acute Care/Long Term Care SIG

Chair: Christina Ramsey - ramseyresources@aol.com

Terms of Office: Chair – 2 years (optional 2nd term); Chair-Elect – 1 year, assumes role of Chair; Members – 1 year.

SIG Description: The Post Acute/Long Term Care SIG discusses issues specific to the PAC/LTC setting and bring issues of interest/importance to GAPNA related to the practice setting. Goals include: develop/accumulate resources useful to APNs in the PAC/LTC field; promote APN leadership in the PAC/LTC setting; collaborate with other PAC/LTC organizations (including AMDA); maintaine a mentorship program for APRN’s new to the PAC/LTC setting; and recognize policy issues & make recommendations to Health Affairs committee.

Time Commitment: Attendance at Committee meeting during Annual Conference. Participation on monthly conference calls throughout the year. Approximately 6-12 hours of outside work throughout the year.

VA SIG

Chair: Marianne Shaughnessy - marianneshaughnessy2@gmail.com

Board Liaison: Carolyn Clevenger

Chair-Elect: none

Terms of Office: Chair – 2 years (optional 2nd term); Chair-Elect – 1 year, assumes role of Chair; Members – 1 year.

Time Commitment: Attendance at Committee meeting during Annual Conference. Participation on monthly conference calls throughout the year. Approximately 6-12 hours of outside work throughout the year.


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