Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders in Gerontological Nursing: Over the past decade, GAPNA’s influence has increased on endorsing standard of care practices and health care policy that improves healthcare for older adults. The work of GAPNA has been sustained, in large part, through members who have assumed leadership roles and opportunities within the organization. GAPNA’s growth and influence will continue to grow, as more clinicians are caring for the nation’s rapidly-expanding older adult population. It is critically important to identify and support members who are interested in developing, reinforcing, and broadening leadership skills to better prepare them for leadership roles within the organization. The GAPNA Leadership Institute is a 1-year-long leadership program that includes both online synchronous and face-to-face components. An experienced and nationally recognized nurse leader facilitates the curriculum. All fellows work one-on-one with mentors, all of whom have held leadership positions within GAPNA.
DNP, PhD, NP-C, PMHNP-BC,
Assistant Professor and Nurse Practitioner,
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
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