"GERONTOLOGICAL ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES ASSOCIATION"
“GAPNA Members are an elite group of APN's who advance the practice of gerontological nursing, and the well-being of the public through advocacy, dissemination of knowledge, and provision of member growth opportunities.”
The goals of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association are to:
- Advocate quality nursing care for older adults.
- Promote professional development for nurses.
- Provide continuing gerontological education and nursing credits.
- Enhance communication and professional collaboration among healthcare providers.
- Educate consumers regarding issues of aging.
The organization publishes the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) Newsletter.
A GNP is a registered nurse with a master's degree from a nurse practitioner program specializing in the care of older adults and are educated to diagnose and manage acute and chronic diseases, taking a holistic approach to meet the medical, psychosocial and functional needs of older persons. GNPs serve in geriatric and family practice clinics, long term care, hospitals, home health care agencies, acute and sub acute rehabilitation, continuing care retirement communities, hospice, managed care organizations, specialty care clinics (Alzheimer's, Diabetes, etc.), area agencies on aging, public health departments, schools of nursing and private practice. GNPs are board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association provides continuing nursing credits and education to enrich the nurse's contributions to quality health care and pursuit of professional career goals.
Continuing nursing education and courses increase knowledge, skills, and provide information to improve the health care of older adults.
The GAPNA Online Library provides members with direct online access to free continuing nursing education. (CNE)
GAPNA also holds an annual conference.
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