• CoronaCoronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

    In an effort to support our members with the most updated information on COVID-19 we developed this resource page to easily access current CDC information and other resources to assist you professionally and personally.

    We will continue to update this page with more information as it becomes available and welcome your input as we navigate through this situation. As health care professionals it is our job to educate our patients and families on prevention and the what to do if someone is symptomatic.

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  • AwardCall for Excellence Award Nominations

    The awards are: Emerging Chapter Award, Established Chapter Excellence Award, Special Interest Group Excellence Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Excellence in Community Service Award, Excellence in Education Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, and Excellence in Research Award.

    The nominations are tallied in July and the winners are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference.

    Now is the time to nominate a colleague or yourself - DEADLINE is June 1, 2020.

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  • Meet the Candidates for the 2020-2021 BOD!
    Voting begins May 4 - 29, 2020!

    Please take a moment to read about this year’s candidates and why they feel they should be chosen for the position noted.

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New Research Review Looks at Effectiveness and Risks of Long-Term Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain

A new research review from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Effective Health Care Program found that while the evidence on the effectiveness and harms of opioid therapy for chronic pain treatment is limited, there is an increased risk of serious harms based on the opioid dose given.

The research review assesses observational studies that suggest use of long-term opioids for chronic pain is associated with increased risk of abuse, overdose, fractures, and heart attack, when compared with patients who are not being prescribed opioids.

The review noted more research is needed to understand the long-term benefits, risk of abuse and related outcomes, and effectiveness of different opioid prescribing methods and strategies. The review is titled, “The Effectiveness and Risks of Long-Term Opioid Treatment of Chronic Pain.”

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