• 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.

     

    Find out more about it and REGISTER today!

  • 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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    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

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    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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Healthcare Communication Tips

Ask Questions

Asking questions is key to good communication with a healthcare provider. Be proactive and ask your provider to define words or instructions that may be unclear.

You can also ask about:

  • Medical tests - Before having a medical test, ask your provider to explain why it is important, what it will show, and what it will cost. Also ask how long it takes to get results and how you’ll be notified.
  • A diagnosis - A diagnosis identifies your disease or physical problem based on your symptoms and the results of exams and other tests. Ask the provider to tell you the name of the condition and why he or she thinks you have it. Ask how it may affect you and how long it might last.
  • Your medications - Make sure you know the name of the drug and understand why it has been prescribed for you. Ask the provider to write down how often and for how long you should take it. Make notes about any other special instructions. In form your provider if you are taking other medications, herbs, or supplements, so he or she can prevent harmful drug interactions.

Learn more about things to ask your provider during an appointment.

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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