• AwardCall for Excellence Award Nominations

    The awards are: Emerging Chapter Award, Established Chapter Excellence Award, Special Interest Group Excellence Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Excellence in Community Service Award, Excellence in Education Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, and Excellence in Research Award.

    The nominations are tallied in July and the winners are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference.

    Now is the time to nominate a colleague or yourself - DEADLINE is June 1, 2019.

    Get started... nominate today!

  • Poster Presentation


    This 22-module curriculum provides a basic knowledge base for Nurse Practitioners who looking to advance their expertise in caring for patients with dementia.

    FREE to GAPNA members until September 1, 2019

  • GAPNA Exchange


    GAPNA Exchange is a private, secure community for members to share ideas, ask questions, lend expertise, and network with peers.

    It features both an Open Forum discussion area along with smaller, segmented communities.

    Interact with GAPNA members wherever and whenever!

    Go to GAPNA Exchange

  • GAPNA Foundation Awards and Grants


    GAPNA Foundation has $11,000 to give away in grants!

    The primary goal of the GAPNA Foundation is to provide financial support for research and educational opportunities.

    Find out if you qualify and submit your application by May 15, 2019!

    Visit GAPNA Foundation Awards and Grants

  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer a series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Alzheimer’s Disease Today and Tomorrow: Optimal Treatment and Collaborative Care," is the first program offered.

    What are the state-of-the-art strategies for managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? How can the multidisciplinary team work together to ensure timely intervention and optimal outcomes?

    Find out about it!

  • Meet the Candidates for the 2019-2020 BOD!
    The time to vote is coming soon!

    Please take a moment to read about this year’s candidates and why they feel they should be chosen for the position noted.


GAPNA Newsletter - 2015 Winter, Volume 34, Number 4

President's Message

An Exciting Time to Be a GAPNA Member

by Carolyn K. Clevenger

I hope everyone made it home safely from our 34th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. It was an energizing time to meet fellow advanced practice nurses and share clinical knowledge, practical tips for managing businesses, and advice for career advancement.

At the organization level, it was invigorating to plan for the future of our profession and the recognition of APRN Gerontological Specialists. I hope you brought something meaningful back with you from the conference – even if it was a line dance (Tush Push, anyone?).

As I said in San Antonio, it is an exciting time to be an advanced practice nurse caring for older adults and a member of GAPNA.

Over the coming year, the Board of Directors and I will engage in several activities intended to promote GAPNA’s mission and goals, and to bring attention to the important work we all do to improve the lives of older adults.

One key tactic to recognize our contributions is through the wide communication and dissemination of GAPNA’s Consensus Statement on Proficiencies for the APRN Gerontological Specialist. View more information about the document.

The first thing you will notice in this issue is the new and improved format. You are invited to click through the stories presented in this online edition.

The GAPNA- and GAPNA Foundation award winners are highlighted in this issue including our first-ever Rising Star feature! In addition to news stories related to gerontology practice and research topics, you will find information on the upcoming Pharmacology Conference, which will be held in my hometown of Atlanta, GA, in April 2016.

With so many things happening in our organization, how can you become involved?

Whether you participate, lead, or mentor, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the benefits and resources GAPNA offers!

Personally, I work well with a checklist, so here is one I devised for you:

  • Participate in a committee or special interest group (SIG). Most groups meet monthly by phone conference.
  • Submit an abstract for the 35th Annual Conference. The deadline for clinical abstracts is December 5, 2015. The deadline for research, clinical project, and education poster abstracts is May 15, 2016. View submission- and all details about the Annual Conference.
  • Follow GAPNA on Facebook or Twitter (@GAPNA_HQ) to keep up with upcoming events and other members.

It is an honor to serve this organization of advanced practice nurses who are enhancing the well-being of older adults. Here’s to another successful year!

Carolyn K. Clevenger, DNP, GNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FAANP