• 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.

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

    "Update in Chronic Kidney Disease Management and Prescribing"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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  • Online CEThe Best of 2019!

    A LIVE rebroadcast event featuring 5 of GAPNA's Best CE sessions from 2019

    January 21, 2020 from 11:30 am - 5:15 pm EST

    $39 for GAPNA Members $59 for Non-Members


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Accommodation Quality, Not Clinical Care Quality, Affect Nursing Home Selections

The quality of clinical care has not been among the top factors in consumers’ choice of a nursing home for long-term care, whether for themselves or a family member, according to researchers in a new.

Before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began publishing Nursing Home Compare in 2002, visits by prospective residents or their families were the primary way consumers collected information to inform their choice.

The researchers used available data on nursing homes in four states as of 2001 to create their own scorecard of the care quality issues reported in Nursing Home Compare (decline in ADLs since admission, pressure sores, physical restraints, hotel quality, and other facility characteristics).

None of the measures of clinical care quality were significantly associated with a facility’s probability of choice. The strongest predictor of choice for a nursing home was distance (closeness to prior residence), thus allowing continued interaction with friends and relatives.

More details are in Pesis-Katz et al. (2013). Making difficult decisions: The role of quality of care in choosing a nursing home. American Journal of Public Health, 103(5), e31-e37. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301243

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