GAPNA House Calls SIG Updates
By Rachel Zimmer
The House Calls Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of very engaged and inspiring individuals! The SIG has been active in developing a home-based primary care (HBPC) toolkit for use by interprofessional learners. This toolkit will be crafted in collaboration with other Health Resources and Services Administration awardees, including Dr. Katherine Wang of Visiting Doctors in New York City, to prepare nurse practitioner, medical, and physician assistant students to care of patients in home-based settings.
The SIG also provided feedback to GAPNA leadership regarding the RAISE caregiving act. Rachel Zimmer will address the issue of mental illness in homebound older adults in her presentation “Hidden Tears of the Homebound” at GAPNA’s 2020 Annual Conference New Orleans.
SIG member Ron Ordona is also active on the Health Affairs Committee and has been developing a position paper on behalf of GAPNA to advocate for NPs’ allowance to sign home health orders.
SIG members engage in a bi-monthly exercise to help our fellow House Call leaders by having them bring a challenging situation to the group for troubleshooting and resource suggestions. These group-think sessions have proven to be very helpful and feedback from the SIG has been positive.
Rachel Zimmer, DNP, AGPCNP-C