• 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.

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  • 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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  • 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!

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


Great Lakes

Chapter Celebrates 20th Anniversary

By Donna Hamill

The Great Lakes Chapter ended the year with a wonderful and historic meeting.

Alice Early, MJ Favot, and Cindy Gerstenlauer recapped our 20 years as a GAPNA chapter through a presentation at our 4th Quarter Business and Education Meeting. We also made history by connecting via Zoom to nurse practitioners in Grand Rapids, MI, and hosted our first dual location meeting.

We are on our way to having more dual meetings and adding to our membership. Our meeting was kicked off at our Detroit location with an informative presentation by Dr. Shamsa Ali regarding two anti-diabetes medications from Astra Zeneca: Bydureon® and Farxiga®.

We enjoyed celebrating our final meeting of the year with a treat to attending members. Dr. Michelle Moccia found decorative popcorn treats; we adorned these with 20th Anniversary labels and offered our members chapter pens and 20th Anniversary lapel pins.

Diana Burton paved the way for the Great Lakes Chapter to connect with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Diana met via telephone with the LBFE director and then explained to our members the needs of this great organization. The chapter contributed greater than $830 in cash and gift cards. We are so appreciative of Diana’s work and the generosity of our members.

CoupleGAPNA Awards nominations are accepted March 1 through June 1 every year.

Nominations are now closed... but get ready! Self-nominations are invited!

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

Many chapter members were recognized with awards in 2018!

At the GAPNA Annual Conference, Cindy Gerstenlauer received the award for Excellence in Clinical Practice; Dr. Deborah Dunn received the award for Excellence in Leadership; and we were all recognized with the Chapter Excellence award. At our Chapter Conference, we were proud to announce the following award winners: Excellence in Clinical Practice – Patty Eble; Excellence in Leadership – Dr. Donna Hamill; Poster Presenter (Student) – Iomaobong Vanderpool; Poster Presenter (APN) Ann McKay; Student Scholarships – Josilyn Goebel and Ann Marie Zuidema. At the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence 2018 Leadership Conference, Linda Keilman was named Distinguished Educator. Michigan AANP named Dr. Cynthera McNeill Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Advocate.

We ended the year with a bang and look forward to a busy and exciting 2019. Already in planning stages is the 1st Quarter Business and Education Meeting. We are taking a new/old approach and providing our own speakers for education: Dr. Michele Moccia will discuss end-of-life planning. Diane Stempek and MJ Favot are planning the NP Student Mentorship night for March 2019. This continues to be a very popular event.

Attendees are grateful for the information and several attendees joined GAPNA. I will join in a panel discussion with the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners to give a similar presentation at their annual meeting.

The Great Lakes Chapter wishes you all a happy and healthy 2019 and are grateful for all the opportunities to improve health outcomes for our older population.

Donna Hamill, DNP, NP-C, BC-ADM
Chapter President

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A Lovely Celebration of 20 Years!

Join your friends at the 2019 Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults Conference, March 28-30, 2019, in Chicago, IL.

Register today!