• 2019 Senior Report Senior Report: Older Americans have more options for home care, but still struggling.

    The United Health Foundation has released results of a sweeping new study benchmarking the health of older adults. The America's Health Rankings® Senior Report was created in partnership with GAPNA to improve the health of America's seniors.

    The data will help advanced practice nurses and other providers deliver quality care.

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

    "Decisional Capacity"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)


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    38th Annual GAPNA Conference

    October 3-5, 2019 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

    Focused education; lasting connections, networking, free access to the GAPNA Online Library.

    Earn up to 22 contact hours (including pre-conference workshops).

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  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

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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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