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

    "Safety and Utility of Cannabis in the Elderly"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For March/April 2020 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

Professional Recognition Task Force

Gerontological Specialist APRN Certification Exam Launched

by George Peraza-Smith

The Professional Recognition Task Force (PRTF) has had a couple of productive and busy years.

Over three years ago, the GAPNA Board of Directors formed a task force to explore avenues for recognizing the experience and skills of APNs who work primarily with older adults. Under the leadership of George Peraza-Smith, the task force planned and developed a specialty certification for the Gerontological Specialist ARRN.

That vision is now being realized. On March 17, 2018, at the GAPNA Pharmacological Conference, the first Gerontological Specialist APRN Certification Examination was administered as a paper and pencil exam.

We are expecting the certification to be available for computer testing sometime around July 2018.

This is an exciting time for gerontological APRN nursing!

The dedicated PRTF taskforce includes Marianne Shaughnessy, Susan Mullaney, Kathy Daniel, Jennifer Serafin, and George Peraza-Smith.

Find out more information about the Gerontological Specialist APRN Certification Examination.

George Peraza-Smith, DNP, ARNP, GNP-BC, NP-C, CNE

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.

Find out about it!