• 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

    Earn up to 18 CNE hours.

     

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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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  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    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.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

  • Poster PresentationONLINE NOW:

    2019 GAPNA Conference Poster Presentations

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

     

    View the 2019 Poster Presentations from the Annual Conference!

Virginia Lee Cora

Waving Goodbye to a Dear Friend of GAPNA: Dr. Virginia Lee Cora

We will never forget her signature wave, broad smile, booming voice, and welcoming Mississippi manner.

A core characteristic of a GAPNA devotee is that we are driven; Virginia Lee Cora, DSN, APRN-R, FAANP (VALee), blazed the trail, setting the bar higher than any of us could hope to reach, and was always right there to protect and encourage us. She was relentless in establishing and achieving GAPNA goals and pushed all of us to do the same.

She attended her first GAPNA (then NCGNP) conference in Williamsburg, VA, in 1994, and she found a second home and family for the next 23 years. She attended her last conference in Nashville in 2017. She often had her red RV and Jamie (her devoted Boston Terrier) in tow.

VALee worked tirelessly alongside her GAPNA colleagues for more than 2 decades. She envisioned the potential of GAPNA in leading the way in improving the quality of care and quality of life for all older adults.

She was instrumental in establishing competencies and proficiencies in APN education and practice. Her contributions were well known nationally, and she was inducted into the Mississippi Nursing Hall of Fame and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

As GAPNA President in 2001, VALee was the consummate professional – demonstrating expertise, compassion, and respect. Her broad network of interprofessional colleagues provided GAPNA the opportunity to strengthen our collaborations with other organizations.

Being strategic, open-minded, and meticulous were attributes that enabled her to be a marvelous mediator. Even in the most difficult of circumstances she kept prodding us to complete the task(s) at hand. She helped to establish the GAPNA Foundation and remained actively engaged in it over the years.

As a member of the GAPNA Historical Committee she incentivized us to chronicle, publish, and archive our 30 history. Though her health was failing, she welcomed us into her Mississippi home in late June 2018 to complete the 5-year addendum. She once more took the lead in interpreting our work and submitting the final draft to the Committee.

VALee also knew how to play. Although she herself never golfed, she served as course Marshall at the Annual GAPNA Golf Tournament. She kept the golfers from lagging behind and monitored holes for the longest drive, longest putt, etc. We saw the sun rise during GAPNA conferences across the country as we walked or ran in support of the Foundation. We toasted with wine and ate sushi.

During her final months her pain and nausea became too much to bear and she chose palliative and hospice care. She expressed how grateful she was to her GAPNA friends for their thoughts and prayers. In a recent call with a GAPNA friend she said, “I love old folks. I love GAPNA.” VALee died peacefully in her Mississippi home on December 7, 2018 with her family at her side.

As we grieve, her legacy keeps us strong. In unison, let us wave one final goodbye to our cherished friend: Dr. Virginia Lee Cora.