AHNA Joins in National Collaboration in Geriatric Nursing
On October 5, AHNA Executive Director Jeanne Crawford MA, MPH and Past President Charlotte Eliopoulos RN, MPH, ND, PhD joined other Nurse Competence in Aging (NCA) grantees in New York City to explore ways that specialty nursing associations could maximize and sustain the efforts that have been launched through their grant-related activities. Associations represented were quite diverse, ranging from the Association of Hospice Nurses to the Black Nurses Association. The common thread was that each had been awarded a grant from the Nurse Competence in Aging project to enhance the presence of geriatrics within their association.
Through breakout sessions, the attendees developed an action plan that they hope to have their respective associations support which included such activities as:
- Starting a special interest group or network for geriatrics
- Developing a position statement related to the care of older adults
- Assisting members who are interested in dual certification of their specialty and gerontological nursing
- Implementing the activities produced through the grant
AHNA already has developed a special interest network on Aging and Geriatrics. Another one of its activities has been to develop the Aging Saging column in Beginnings. As a result of the grant, AHNA has developed four continuing education models on topics related to holistic geriatric care that will be available in early 2005; these modules will allow nurses to earn contact hours and will be available to nurses beyond AHNA. AHNA also is exploring collaboration with other associations on demonstration projects for the implementation of holistic practice models in geriatric care settings.