• Clinical Care OptionsNew for GAPNA members: Clinical Care Options

    GAPNA has partnered with a Clinical Care Options to offer an ongoing series of free CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Vaccinations and Healthy Aging: Protecting Your Older Patients From Shingles" is the latest program offered.

    In this live webinar, expert faculty expert faculty discuss how important it is to prevent shingles in older patients.

    Find out about it!

  • CoronaCoronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

    In an effort to support our members with the most updated information on COVID-19 we developed this resource page to easily access current CDC information and other resources to assist you professionally and personally.

    We will continue to update this page with more information as it becomes available and welcome your input as we navigate through this situation. As health care professionals it is our job to educate our patients and families on prevention and the what to do if someone is symptomatic.

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  • GAPNA 2020 National President Deborah Dunn, EdD, MSN, GNP-BC, ACNS-BC, GS-C interviews Dr. Ron Billano Ordona, DNP, FNP-BC about providing home-based primary care during COVID 19.

    "Facing Forward: Providing Home-based Primary Care during COVID 19"

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Rising Star - Megan Simmons

GAPNA’s First Rising Star: Megan Simmons, DNP, PMHNP-BC

GAPNA kicked off its new Rising Star initiative at this year’s annual conference in San Antonio. The program recognizes an outstanding member who is up and coming in his or her specialty and in leadership within the organization.

GAPNA’s inaugural Rising Star is Megan Simmons, DNP, PMHNP-BC, an Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), Nashville, TN.

She teaches in the PMHNP and DNP programs at VUSN, and practices as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner treating older adults. Megan is the Chair of the Geropsych Focus Group.

While working on her DNP, she became especially interested in influencing health care policy that affects older adults.

In 2013, a colleague suggested Megan attend the upcoming GAPNA Annual Conference to meet and greet fellow geriatric NPs. At that conference, Megan began discussing her hope of starting a special-interest group that focused on geropsych issues. And sure enough, after working with a few GAPNA members and leadership, the Geropsych Focus Group was born.

With the increasing number of older adults in our population, it is Megan’s hope geriatric nursing is seen as a leader in health care due to the positive health outcomes in this growing population of older adults.

Megan hopes to make a personal impact in the field through practice, leadership/policy influence, and educating future geriatric providers.