• 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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  • Poster PresentationCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 37th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Paris Hotel
    Las Vegas, Oct. 2-5, 2019

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult.

    Submit by March 15, 2019!

  • 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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  • Gerontology Resources for APRNs in Acute and Emergent Care Settings ToolkitCareer Center

    NEW! The goal of the Gerontology Resources for APRNs in Acute and Emergent Care Settings (“Acute Care Resource Guide”) is to make geriatric and gerontological content easily accessible to those caring for older adults in higher acuity care settings.

    Learn more about the toolkit

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

    "Diastolic Heart Failure Management"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2017 Annual Conference)

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  • Poster PresentationONLINE NOW:

    2018 GAPNA Conference Poster Presentations

    Note the latest trends in the care, education, and research of the older adult population.


    View the 2018 Poster Presentations from the Annual Conference!

Health Affairs

America’s Health Rankings Report Dedicated to Veterans

By Susan Mullaney

Nearly 23 million Americans living today have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces; 2.4 million of whom are currently on active duty or in the National Guard and Reserves, and more than 20 million retired.

As those who have served age, the burden of chronic disease will continue to grow, especially among aging baby boomers who served in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

The health and well-being of those who have served continue to be a national priority. How many Veterans do you have in your practice? The latest report provides data at the population level for the health of Veterans.

The United Health Foundation recently released the latest America’s Health Rankings report: Health of Those Who Have Served Report.

This report was created in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America, leverages six years of data and is the only available national resource to provide comprehensive population-based insights into the health of those who have served in the military.

Some key findings include:

  • Despite reporting better overall health, Veterans face higher rates of chronic disease and report higher rates of unhealthy behaviors than civilians.  
  • Rates of depression, anxiety, and frequent mental distress are also higher among Veterans.

This report serves as a national resource to monitor trends over time and identify key areas of concern and opportunities for improvement. What role do you play in engaging other key stakeholders – policymakers, health officials, and community leaders – to drive action to improve the lives of Veterans? Are there opportunities for GAPNA?

Please feel free to share your thoughts at gapna@gapna.org.

Susan Mullaney, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, GS-C

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