• 38th Annual GAPNA Conference

    October 3-5, 2019 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

    Focused education; lasting connections, networking, free access to the GAPNA Online Library.

    Earn up to 21 contact hours (including pre-conference workshops).

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  • 2019 Senior Report Senior Report: Older Americans have more options for home care, but still struggling.

    The United Health Foundation has released results of a sweeping new study benchmarking the health of older adults. The America's Health Rankings® Senior Report was created in partnership with GAPNA to improve the health of America's seniors.

    The data will help advanced practice nurses and other providers deliver quality care.

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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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    "Dementia Management Update"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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Links Found Between Nursing Homes and Hospitals in Spread of MRSA

Individual hospitals or hospital systems may not consider the role of patients who transfer in and out of the hospital from nursing homes when planning their infection control strategies.

That may be a mistake, suggests a new study. It found the presence of nursing homes substantially increased the effects of a hospital outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This led to a relative average increase of 46.2% above and beyond the impact of infection when only hospitals were considered in outbreak estimates in Orange County, CA.

A MRSA outbreak in the largest nursing home had effects on many Orange County hospitals. It boosted MRSA prevalence in directly connected hospitals by an average of 0.3% and in hospitals not directly connected through patient transfers by an average of 0.1% after 6 months.

The researchers used a model to simulate MRSA outbreaks among all hospitals and nursing homes in Orange County. 

For more info, see Lee et al. (2013). The importance of nursing homes in the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among hospitals. Medical Care, 51(3), 205-215. doi:10.1097/MLR.0b013e3182836dc2

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