• 2019 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2019 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    March 28-30, 2019, Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL.

    Earn up to 11.5 CNE hours.


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  • 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, 2018.

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  • W A N T E D   G A P N A   L E A D E R S!
    Call for Nominations!

    Have you ever considered stepping forward, accepting the challenge and volunteering for a position on the 2019 National Board of Directors? Register online NOW by April 1, 2019!

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

    "Keynote Address - Health Policy: APRNs Working to the Full Extent of the Law"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For March/April 2019 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

  • 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!

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Shaughnessy Appointment

Marianne Shaughnessy Named Acting Executive Director, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care

The Office of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Operations would like to welcome Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD, CRNP, to the role of Acting Executive Director, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care effective July 2, 2018.

Dr. Shaughnessy currently serves as Director for Policy, Practice and Population Health Integration within the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating activities with other Veterans Health Administration program offices to support improvements in care for Veterans facing the challenges of aging, disability, or serious illness in all care settings regardless of age. She has worked in the VA since 1999.

Dr. Shaughnessy has served in national leadership roles including President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and Chair of the Content Expert Panel for development of the first certification examination for Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioners offered through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Dr. Shaughnessy also served as the National Director, Facility-Based Policy within the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) Policy and Services from January 2016 until April 2018.

Before joining the GEC Central Office, she served as the Associate Director for Education and Evaluation for the Baltimore Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, and held an academic appointment as Associate Professor, University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing.

She previously served as faculty in the Schools of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has had clinical nursing experience in multiple settings including subacute rehabilitation, stroke chronic and acute care, primary care for adults with developmental disabilities, intensive and acute care.

She has served on the editorial boards of Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation and Geriatric Nursing and has been an invited speaker for regional, national, and international meetings such as those of the American Stroke Association, Gerontological Society of America, and European Delirium Society. She has more than 40 published peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications.

Dr. Shaughnessy earned her, PhD, MSN, and BSN degrees from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. GAPNA congratulates Dr. Shaughnessy on her appointment to this important leadership position within the Veterans Health Administration.

Plan your trip to the nation’s capital during GAPNA’s Annual Conference, September 26-29, 2018 by checking out all the things to do, places to eat, and ways to have fun.

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