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The Delaware Valley GAPNA Chapter participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Wilmington, DE, on October 17, 2015. The GAPNA Team has participated in the walk for several years but 2015 was our most successful year yet. Our chapter raised $1,085 for the Alzheimer's Association!
Chapter members thank everyone who walked, donated, or asked friends to donate. Many of us work with patients and families who are affected by this disease. GAPNA Chapter fundraising is another way we show our support for patients and families who deal with Alzheimer’s disease.
Barbara Harrison, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC
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Delaware Valley Chapter members participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Much anticipation and planning went into our September 8, 2015, quarterly Chapter and Business Meeting. The chapter celebrated its 30-year anniversary and it was a gala affair with 30 attendees, including APNs and students, present.
Marketing was done in advance to attract both past and present members. Two charter members were present: Cynthia Gerstenlauer, the first chair, and Linda Mondoux. All participants received a commemorative “Thank You” bag, which contained a keepsake mug, assorted treats, and a Great Lakes Chapter engraved pen and pencil, coordinated by Michelle Moccia.
The Historical Committee, comprising Cynthia Gerstenlauer, Alice Early, and MJ Favot, completed a monograph of the first 30-year history of the chapter entitled “Evolution of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, 1982-2012.”
The monograph is a compilation of the history of the organization from 1982, before it became a GAPNA Chapter in 1998, through 2012. It also chronicles the status of gerontological APNs’ journey in the state of Michigan during this time. It was a fascinating and rewarding process, and reminded us of how much we had been involved and accomplished over the years.
The book was available to purchase at the meeting for $25, as well as at the GAPNA Convention in San Antonio. It is also available at Amazon.com.
The meeting took place in a beautiful setting and started off with a presentation on diabetes by Gary Edelson, MD, from Associated Endocrinologists and sponsored by AstraZeneca. The Historical Committee followed by presenting highlights of the monograph.
Each presenter, respectively, took a decade, and shared the organizational, practice, legislative, and Michigan Nurses Association (with whom we collaborated) issues of the time. Participants were impressed with the vast history of the organization, and the amount of detail that was captured.
Flowers and gift cards were presented to Cindy, Alice, and MJ in gratitude for their hard work and the wonderful job they made of the monograph celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Great Lakes Chapter.
Chapter history will also be preserved along with GAPNA archives and other GAPNA Chapter documents at the University of Virginia.
Mary Beth Kuebrich, our first Student Director at Large, was present at the meeting and looks forward to serving the chapter. President Cindy Gerstenlauer presented the goals for the year, as planned by the Board of Directors who met in August. The group is looking forward to its 8th Annual Conference, to be held at The Dearborn Inn on November 6-7, 2015.
GAPNA Conference in San Antonio
Eleven Great Lakes Chapter members attended the GAPNA Conference in San Antonio in September and enjoyed the beautiful River Walk and “remembering the Alamo.”
Member Linda Keilman is doing a great job serving on the Board of Directors as Director-at-Large. Three members were presenters at the conference. Linda Keilman presented on “Quality Improvement Skills for APNs in LTC: Culture, Teams & Tools;” J. Michelle Moccia presented her Innovative Project, “The Influence of a ‘Preflight’ Checklist on Transition of Care between Senior facility, EMS, and the Emergency Department;” and Deborah Dunn presented “Using mHealth to Create Innovative Care Solutions for Older Adults.”
Deborah Dunn received a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the Awards Luncheon for her pivotal role in completing the GAPNA Consensus Statement on Proficiencies for the APRN Gerontological Specialist.
The Great Lakes Chapter was very proud to receive the Chapter Excellence Award! President Cindy Gerstenlauer received a welcoming basket of goodies from the Awards Committee.
Chapter attendees also received a decorative bag that contained a welcoming note and picture of the Great Lakes Chapter Board of Directors and goodies to use at the conference. Included were a set of pearls and a tag asking us to gather pearls to send back to Michelle Moccia, who will share them.
It was another great GAPNA Conference!
Cynthia Gerstenlauer, APN-BC, GCNS-BC, CDE