• 36th Annual GAPNA Conference

    October 4-7, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, TN

    Focused education; lasting connections, networking, free access to the GAPNA Online Library. Earn up to 21.25 CNE contact hours.

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  • Gerontology Resources for APRN Preceptors and Students ToolkitCareer Center

    The Education- and Toolkit Committees of GAPNA launched their 2017 newly revised “Gerontology Resources for APRN Preceptors and Students,” toolkit.

    The goal of this toolkit is to make geriatric and gerontological content accessible to those caring for older adults. It is designed with advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) students, preceptors, and educators in mind, and it provides a single portal to comprehensive resources.

    Learn more about the toolkit

  • Call for Abstracts:

    37th Annual GAPNA Conference
    September 26-29, 2018 in Washington, DC

    Clinical Abstracts - due December 5, 2017
    Research and Clinical Project Abstracts - due March 15, 2018
    Education Poster Abstracts - due March 15, 2018

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  • Poster PresentationONLINE NOW:

    2016 GAPNA Conference Poster Presentations

    Note the latest trends in the care, education, and research of the older adult population.

     

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  • The GAPNA Clinical Resource Corner

    Designed Especially
    for the Gerontological Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

    With over 105+ categories, the short features/articles contain valuable information tailored especially for Gerontological APRN's that will help them with patients, as well as increase their knowledge of this field of nursing. All of the articles directly affect, involve, and impact the elderly.

    Go to the GAPNA Clinical Resource Corner

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

    "Palliative Care"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2016 Annual Conference)


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Health Policy

GAPNA’s Policy Priorities

The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) represents the interests of all advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who work with older adults.

The GAPNA Health Affairs Committee is dedicated to local, state, and federal advocacy to improve access to high quality care for older adults. America’s aging population continues to grow and is expected to be more than 70 million by 2030, necessitating an enhanced focus on education, advocacy, policy, and research.

Given this, the Health Affairs Committee needs to be proactive in advocating, developing, and proposing legislation that will optimize the health and care of older adults. The efforts of the Health Affairs Committee will support initiatives to inform practice and generate policy development in order to meet the unique needs of older adults and the providers who care for them.

1. Optimize Care of Older Adults

Engage in opportunities that promote the role of APRNs with specific focus on removing barriers for practice that impact the quality of care provided to older adults.

Removing Barriers – Advocate for all APRNS to perform to their full scope of practice*

  • Revise state licensure laws to accomplish full practice authority for all APRNs
  • Streamline care with comprehensive  APRN signature authority
  • Advocate for policies and procedures that support APRNs performing to their full scope of practice in all care settings.
  • Advocate for recognition of APRNs through reimbursement mechanisms

Policy/Legislative Action:

  • Advocate for passage of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

Quality Patient Healthcare Outcomes

  • Promote funding for the conduction, dissemination and translation of research that will improve the care of older adults
  • Promote funding for research demonstrating quality, safety and effectiveness of care provided by  APRNs

Policy/Legislative Action:

  • Advocate for The Caring for Family Caregivers (CARE) Act

Models of Care

  • Promote the role of APRNs as primary care providers to the public and to other healthcare providers and professionals
  • Partner with other healthcare professionals/organizations to redesign, implement, and/or evaluate new models of care
  • Support innovative models of care development that promote the health, well-being, and care of older adults in each state

2. Geriatric Workforce

Address the gap between the health care needs of an aging population and the number of clinicians adequately trained to care for them. Ensure APRNs possess the education and training to manage the complexities of older adults and their families/carers with multifaceted, multilayered health care needs.

Intra-professional geriatric clinicians

  • Advocate for funding to support the education and training of the intra-professional geriatric clinician workforce

Gerontological Specialist

  • Recommend APRNs caring for complex older adults pursue ongoing education and clinical experience beyond their initial education, certification and licensure to achieve specialization in gerontological advanced practice nursing.

Inter-professional Team-Based Care

  • Advocate for policies affecting the regulation of training in the care of the older adult to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of certified nursing assistants, medication aides, home health aides, community health workers, and other allied health personnel who provide such care.
  • Support the engagement of the “point of care” and “just in time” education within each APRN own practices
  • Partner with other organizations (AMDA, AGS, NAHCA, AARP, SEIU, ANA, CGNO, Eldercare Alliance etc.) to facilitate improving the competencies of this important segment of the workforce
  • Advocate for situational leadership within the intra-professional team to ensure that the person most qualified for a given scenario be identified as the leader (leadership in the group varies depending on the situation).

*Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.


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