• 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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  • Clinical Care OptionsNew for GAPNA members: Clinical Care Options

    GAPNA has partnered with a Clinical Care Options to offer an ongoing series of free CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosis, Classification and Treatment of Heart Failure in Older Adults" is the latest program offered.

    In this interactive Webcast, expert faculty review the challenges of managing older adults with HF, including diagnosis, staging, and developing individualized management plans.

    Find out about it!

  • GAPNA 2020 National President Deborah Dunn, EdD, MSN, GNP-BC, ACNS-BC, GS-C interviews Dr. Ron Billano Ordona, DNP, FNP-BC about providing home-based primary care during COVID 19.

    "Facing Forward: Providing Home-based Primary Care during COVID 19"

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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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