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Northern California

Professional Collaboration Is Key, NCCGAPNA Membership Engagement Survey Finds

By Ron Billano Ordona

During Northern California Chapter of GAPNA’s (NCCGAPNA) annual Continuing Education Conference February 2020, a membership engagement survey was rolled out on paper as well as online for participants and members. The questionnaire was designed to gather data about membership characteristics and to use the data to guide NCCGAPNA in activities and strategies to enhance membership recruitment, engagement, and involvement.

There were 36 respondents (about 45% of registered members) of which the majority were gerontological nurse practitioners (39%), followed by family nurse practitioners (22%), with 8% holding Gerontological Specialist-Certification.

As far as advanced practice specialty area, there was a split between palliative care and home-based primary care (37%) each and those practicing in skilled nursing facility (34%).

When asked to rank the benefits NCCGAPNA membership offers, the respondents appreciate professional collaboration which ranked the highest, practice information ranked second, followed by professional consultation.

Providing continuing education was the activity of choice that members would like to participate in with volunteer service to community second. To improve recruitment, respondents pointed out meetings in groups was the best approach although email notification and members bringing members were also cited.

A high number of respondents selected neurology (86%) as the topic of choice for continuing education and a split between hospice and palliative care (75%) and wound care (75%) as alternative choices for topics.

The knowledge gained from this exercise will help the chapter firm up its commitment to offering continuing education with topics that would best serve the membership. To quote German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

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Ron Billano Ordona, DNP, FNP-BC
Chapter President