• 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.

     

    Find out more about it and REGISTER today!

  • 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...

    Find out about it!

  • 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.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

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

    "Meaningful Conversations throughout the Course of Illness"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)


    For November/December 2019 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

Healthcare Communication Tips

Ask Questions

Asking questions is key to good communication with a healthcare provider. Be proactive and ask your provider to define words or instructions that may be unclear.

You can also ask about:

  • Medical tests - Before having a medical test, ask your provider to explain why it is important, what it will show, and what it will cost. Also ask how long it takes to get results and how you’ll be notified.
  • A diagnosis - A diagnosis identifies your disease or physical problem based on your symptoms and the results of exams and other tests. Ask the provider to tell you the name of the condition and why he or she thinks you have it. Ask how it may affect you and how long it might last.
  • Your medications - Make sure you know the name of the drug and understand why it has been prescribed for you. Ask the provider to write down how often and for how long you should take it. Make notes about any other special instructions. In form your provider if you are taking other medications, herbs, or supplements, so he or she can prevent harmful drug interactions.

Learn more about things to ask your provider during an appointment.

Plan your trip to the nation’s capital during GAPNA’s Annual Conference, September 26-29, 2018 by checking out all the things to do, places to eat, and ways to have fun.

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