Nurses Caring for Older Adults in Long-Term Care (LTC): The Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations
Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN
Nurses often ask how they can find out what is happening in LTC and how can they get current and reputable information about nursing practice in LTC settings. We suggest that you use a “one-stop” shopping approach and look to the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations (CGNO) for the information you may need. The CGNO encompasses 8 organizations representing over 28,700 geriatric nurses seeking to improve the health care of older adults across care settings. The Coalition is supported by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, College of Nursing (www.HartfordIGN.org).
The CGNO, organized in October 2001, has chosen two major issues for action that would affect older persons: 1) positively affecting the quality of long term care through improving and implementing quality programs or practices; and 2) facilitating the measurement of quality in long term. While not limited to these areas, participating organizations concentrate their efforts on these issues. The CGNO continues to lead member organizations in shaping policy and legislation and improving regulations to benefit older adults.
Take a look at the CGGNO member web sites to get a sense of the wealth of information that is practically at your finger-tips. CGNO Member organizations are as follows:
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NURSING (AAN) – EXPERT PANEL ON AGING
AMERICAN ASSISTED LIVING NURSES ASSOCIATION (AALNA)
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR LONG TERM CARE NURSING (AALTCN)
GERONTOLOGICAL ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES ASSOCIATION (GAPNA)
THE HARTFORD INSTITUTE FOR GERIATRIC NURSING
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF NURSING ADMINISTRATION IN LONG TERM CARE (NADONA/LTC)
NATIONAL GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING ASSOCIATION (NGNA)