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Calgary Study Group Update

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

Happy Certified Nurses Day! Thank you to everyone who got in touch with us regarding a spring study group. There were not enough people to support a formal study group, but we have individual support set up for two nurses who contacted us, and are registered to write the May exam. As of March 19th, CNA plans to go ahead with the exam, and will directly contact those registered if this changes. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the webinars on both the AGNA and CGNA websites; new sessions are still being added to the CGNA site! We are considering how to best support our members during an unprecedented time in history, particularly when health care workers will be in high demand. Please get in touch with us to share your ideas and requests, at...

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Calgary Chapter Event on Professional Development and Study Groups

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in Calgary Blog | 2 comments

Get ready for our next Calgary Chapter event! We invite RNs and LPNs to join us for a session to discuss professional development in Gerontological Nursing. We will focus on low-cost and free resources to support your knowledge and practice, including strategies to maintain CNA Certification and work toward your continuing competence goals. If you are interested in writing the CNA Certification Exam in Gerontology, we will discuss our upcoming study group and online resources to help you succeed. You have the option to attend in person, participate in a live online meeting, or dial in by phone. Please look at the Calgary Chapter Events page for full details. Have questions? Contact us at We hope to connect with you...

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Calgary Chapter Education Event – Vaccinations for Older Adults

Posted by on Oct 6, 2019 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

We invite AGNA members to join us for an interesting evening of learning and discussion about vaccines, on Tuesday, October 29th. Our guest speaker is a vaccine educator, and will review the most common types, and what's new this season. We will follow with a walkthrough of the competencies for a gerontological nurse, including the aging immune system, cognitive impairment, informed consent, and considerations for facility living. We hope you will bring a friend, and welcome students to join us. Refreshments will be served! Tuesday, October 29th, at Mount Royal University, Room EC2010. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., Speakers from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please register through Eventbrite, at We look forward to seeing you...

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Calgary Certification Study Group Fall 2019

Posted by on Aug 6, 2019 in Calgary Blog, Provincial Blog | 8 comments

Happy August to our peers across the City of Calgary, as well as those across the Province. It is again the time of year when we look forward to Fall, and plan our professional development. The Calgary chapter of AGNA will again offer a Gerontology Peer Study Group for 8 weeks, with weekly meetings through September and October. Our information night will be held on August 15th, at 7pm. Please get in touch with us through our chapter email if you would like more information. Note, study groups will be offered in both face-to-face and online formats, and intend to support both RNs and LPNs. The attached poster can be shared with anyone who may be looking for this information. Hope to connect with you next week! NOTE - Send all inquiries to:...

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Calgary Chapter Event and AGM

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in AGM, Calgary Blog | 0 comments

We would like to invite all our Calgary Chapter members (and anyone else interested) to join us for our next event, on April 10th. We are excited to welcome speaker Kendra Kovacik to discuss Home design to support aging in place. We will also hold our AGM, during which we hope to recruit new Chapter Executive Members, speak about the Fall study group and the upcoming CGNA Conference. We will also draw for 2 nurses to win their conference registration for free! Please see our poster, under the Events section of this website, for full details. We hope to see you there! Sincerely, the AGNA Calgary Chapter...

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Calgary Study Group to Resume in Fall 2019

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

Dear AGNA members, we are so thankful for the support and interest shown for our certification study group in Calgary! There was not enough nurses requesting the spring session to create a full group, but we have been able to pair a few individuals preparing for the exam with mentors and access to help. For now, we are focused on putting together an exciting education event in April, and preparing for May's national CGNA Conference. here in Calgary. We will be at the conference and answering questions about our chapter's events and the study group plans. Please come and see us, or you can contact us any time, at, or...

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CGNA 2019 Registration is now OPEN!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Calgary Blog, Provincial Blog | 0 comments

Registration Now Open! Full Program Available!
Early Bird Fees through March 17, 2019!

Older Persons Climbing Mountains: Journeys & Transitions
May 2-4, 2019 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Congratulations to Calgary Certification Study Group Members!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Calgary Blog | 1 comment

Congratulations go out to all the Fall 2018 Study group members who joined our pilot project in Calgary. Although we intended to start with just local peers, we were thrilled when a few members from other parts of the province joined us as well. I am so pleased to announce all 10 of our dedicated and hardworking group members passed the November CNA exam in Gerontology! We hope you will come and talk with us about how we all can support our peers in Gerontology at the May CGNA Conference.

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Calgary Study Group Pilot update

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

Dear fellow AGNA members, As many of you may recall, our Calgary Chapter offered a small Gerontological Certification study group this fall, trialling an online meeting form as an option for our participants.  I am happy to report that this worked better than we had hoped, and over the course of two months, we were able to offer study group meetings both in person or online. Although we only offered this to Calgary members to ensure we could test this system, word got out and we were joined by 3 more group members that logged in from other towns and cities.  We plan to offer a more detailed report with members and Chapter Executives across the province in future months, but ask you to think of our study group members at this time. It is a significant undertaking to prepare for this exam, and many of us do this alone.  (If you wrote the exam in May 2018, don't forget the deadline to apply to ARNET for fees reimbursement is November 30th.)  Even for seasoned practitioners, it can be nerve wracking!  Half of our group members have now written the exam and the others will write in this week.  There is then a three week waiting period before they know whether they have gained their Certification in Gerontology. Please keep these nine nurses, (and any nurses who prepared on their own,) in your thoughts, as they work for this achievement in our shared specialization.  How reassuring to know that the commitment to expert practice and knowledge are alive and well in our community of practice! If you would like to send them a message, please email your thoughts to, and we will pass this on. An update will be shared in late December, after our members receive their exam results.  Please consider whether you are interested in supporting a study group in the New Year, as the next exam period is in May! Sincerely, Kelly Baskerville and Sandra Stone, Calgary Certification Study Group...

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Calgary Chapter Deprescribing Online Presentation

Posted by on Nov 11, 2018 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

Greetings to our Calgary AGNA Chapter members! To celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week, the Calgary Chapter held a joint event with the Alberta Association on Gerontology and the Kerby Centre on November 1st, with a presentation and discussion on safe medication use for seniors.  We were thrilled to have a group of 13 seniors and 15 health care professionals in attendance, and the conversations were very engaging.  A huge thanks goes out to presenters Mollie Cole and Safia Khaflan, who shared information from the Canadian Deprescribing Network. You can find the website, here: There were several AGNA members who expressed interest in this event, but could not attend an early-afternoon session.  Our presenter has graciously agreed offer this same session online on Wednesday, November 21st, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please see our poster, here: AGNA Deprescribing webinar nov 21 Gerontological nurses often talk about their own knowledge of medications, but for this session, we learn to coach seniors and their caregivers to advocate for their own care, to understand the risks of medication use, and to start conversations with their health care team about what is right for them. Please email us at, and we will send you the login information for this online presentation. We sincerely hope you can join us!...

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