• 2019 Senior Report Senior Report: Older Americans have more options for home care, but still struggling.

    The United Health Foundation has released results of a sweeping new study benchmarking the health of older adults. The America's Health Rankings® Senior Report was created in partnership with GAPNA to improve the health of America's seniors.

    The data will help advanced practice nurses and other providers deliver quality care.

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

    "Decisional Capacity"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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    38th Annual GAPNA Conference

    October 3-5, 2019 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

    Focused education; lasting connections, networking, free access to the GAPNA Online Library.

    Earn up to 22 contact hours (including pre-conference workshops).

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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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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.

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