• 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.

    View resources


  • 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsGAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    Rescheduled, so you won't miss a thing! Find out what to do next!

    April 20-24, 2021, Honolulu, Hawaii

    More Information

  • W A N T E D   G A P N A   L E A D E R S!
    Call for Nominations! (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

    Have you ever considered stepping forward, accepting the challenge and volunteering for a position on the 2020-21 National Board of Directors? Register online NOW by March 31, 2020!

    Step Up - NOW is the Time! Register Here>

  • 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.

    Get started... nominate today!

NP Program Reduces Readmissions

Chronic disease is the most costly health care problem in America today, with heart failure leading the pack. With penalties for patient readmissions looming, facilities are seeking solutions. One answer? Programs led by nurse practitioners (NPs).

In the November/December 2015 issue of Nursing Economic$, Judith Kutzleb and co-authors describe an NP Care Model implemented at a North Jersey medical center designed to tackle the tricky issue of patient readmissions.

Under the “Healthy Heart” initiative, which aimed to reduce the readmission rate, NPs coordinated the education, medication, diet, and lifestyle of 312 patients with heart failure who were discharged and at high-risk for early readmission.

The NPs collaborated with physicians, a key component for success, according to the authors. By integrating medicine, nursing, individualized care, and therapeutic interventions, the program achieved a readmission rate of 8% for the 30 days post-discharge, a far cry from the 26% readmission rate in the 12 months before the program was implemented. Costs also dropped dramatically.

“Creating a culture that integrates the NP is a worthwhile organizational investment to enhance optimal NP practice to benefit patients, families, and physician colleagues,” the authors wrote.

For more info, see Kutzleb et al. (2015). Nurse practitioner care model: Meeting the health care challenges with a collaborative team. Nursing Economic$, 33(6), 297-304.

Related Topic 1: 

GAPNA Newsletter Issue: