• 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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Significant Barriers Health Information Technology in Nursing Homes

Each year, at least 8 million adverse events occur in nursing home settings.

A recently published survey found several barriers to the use of health information technology (IT) to enhance incident reporting processes and reduce adverse events in nursing homes. The survey asked 399 nursing home administrators about the factors that either promote or prevent health IT for reporting adverse incidents.

Two of the top three most important barriers identified by nursing home administrators were related to fears of reporting.

The three barriers were: (1) Lack of recognition that an adverse event had occurred; (2) Fear of liability, lawsuits, or sanctions; and (3) Fear of disciplinary action, which was tied to fear of being blamed.

The researchers believe health IT structures can help improve incident reporting by minimizing staffs’ fear of reporting events.

To learn more, see Wagner et al. (2012). Use of HIT for adverse event reporting in nursing homes: Barriers and facilitators. Geriatric Nursing, 34(2), 112-115. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2012.10.003.

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