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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 calgary-chair@agna.com, 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: www.deprescribingnetwork.ca 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 agna.calgary@gmail.com, and we will send you the login information for this online presentation. We sincerely hope you can join us!...

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Calgary Chapter Deprescribing Events

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

Happy October to our friends across the province! In Calgary, we will offer two events in November around medication safety in seniors. On November 1st, we will celebrate Patient Safety Week, offering a joint event with Alberta Association on Gerontology and the Kerby Centre. We invite seniors, nurses and all other interdisciplinary team members to join us for a discussion on how to start conversations about medications.  We will hear from Mollie Cole about the work from the Canadian Deprescribing Network, and share our perspectives. See the link to our poster, here: Deprescribing event Nov 1 2018 Note, this is an early afternoon event, so we are planning a followup presentation later this month, to be shared online (details will be available next week!) Don't forget that the Canadian Deprescribing Network has an excellent website, with information for the general public, as well as care providers, at www.deprescribingnetwork.ca Sincerely, the AGNA Calgary Chapter...

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Calgary Pilot Study Group Update

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

September is upon us again, and so many of us have fall projects underway.  In Calgary, we have started a pilot gerontology study group.  We received a lot of initial interest expressed to our email account, and were happy to have everyone who attended our information meeting sign up to participate for the full 8 weeks.  We are trialling an online option for the first time, and will use the feedback of our participants to guide us in offering future sessions.  We have also welcomed LPNs to participate as part of their own continuing competence plans.  We expect this study group to wrap up during the first week of November, just in time for those RNs who are registered to write CNA's Certification Exam.  If you are curious about the content covered, or recommended reference materials, please take a look at CNA's website in the Certification section.  If you have questions for our chapter, please get in touch with us at...

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Calgary Fall 2018 Study Group

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in Calgary Blog, Health System News | 0 comments

Hello to all fellow AGNA Members! We are excited to announce we will run an 8 week long study group this fall in Calgary.  Our information night will be held September 5th (see poster below.) The study group was originally designed to support RNs who were preparing to write CNA's Certification exam in Gerontology, and still follows the competency blueprint set out (see the CNA website.)  There has also been significant interest from our LPN members in attending study groups to support their professional growth and practice. We invite ALL regulated nurses who are interested to attend or log in to the information meeting. Please note, study groups are not a pre-written course to passively view; they are peer groups with extra support, and will require an 8 week commitment. Each person has the responsibility to review materials that follow the competency blueprint, and discuss that learning with other group members. Please see the attached poster, and share with any colleagues who might be interested. CGNA gerio exam prep meeting 2018Sep05 mtg In an effort to make this available to as many members as possible we will trial online format for anyone who cannot be in attendance for meetings and to view presentations from experts.  See below for login information if you wish to join us online: Study group info session Wed, Sep 5, 2018 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM MDT Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/275145901 You can also dial in using your phone. Access Code: 275-145-901 Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373 First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check:https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check We hope to see you in September! Sincerely, the AGNA Calgary Chapter...

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Calgary Chapter joint event with AAG

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

We are thrilled to announce our first annual joint dinner event, in collaboration with the Alberta Association of Gerontology (AAG.)  This is a fantastic event to network with our community of gerontological practice.  This is a ticketed event, but for only $5, a buffet dinner is included.  We will enjoy a presentation by Allegra Samaha and team, on their research of Family Caregiver Perceptions of Support in Calgary.  This event takes place at the Kerby Centre, which will allow everyone a chance to get to see this great local seniors' resource.  Come visit us at our display table, where we will have more information about local AGNA activity and you can enter a draw for free registration to the provincial AGNA Education day in April! Look for full details under the Calgary Chapter Events, or the event poster, here, March 20 2018 AGNA...

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Calgary Chapter November 2017

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

Hello all!! Please plan to come to our get-together on November 15, as per attached, and help to contribute to a couple of important and fun initiatives!  See you there! Nov 2017 AGNA Poster Calgary Chapter Meeting

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Volunteers needed for NICE study

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Advocacy Blog, Calgary Blog, Drayton Valley Blog, Edmonton Blog, Fort McMurray Blog, Lethbridge Blog, Provincial Blog, Red Deer Blog | 0 comments

The National Initiative in the Care of the Elderly (NICE), at the University of Calgary, is looking for research volunteers! Are You a Practitioner Working with Older Adults? Are you interested in helping us identify how print or computer based information may help us learn about elder abuse and neglect?

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Calgary Chapter September 20

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Calgary Blog | 0 comments

Calgary Chapter members, welcome to this 'New Year!'  September 20 is our first Chapter get-together of the new season.  We will be hosted by MRU from 1730 h - 1930 h.  So, save that time in your calendars!  They will be sharing with us their Dementia Care Programs.  More details (room, parking, etc.) to come soon, but please plan to join us at MRU on September 20 at 1730 h!

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2019 CGNA Biannual Conference coming to Alberta!

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Calgary Blog, Drayton Valley Blog, Edmonton Blog, Fort McMurray Blog, Lethbridge Blog, Provincial Blog, Red Deer Blog | 0 comments

I am extremely happy to announce that the 2019 CGNA Biannual Conference is coming to Alberta! While it was suggested that it might be coming at our education/ conference day in Red Deer in April, it was confirmed at this years' CGNA conference in Ottawa earlier this month. We have already started looking at potential locations for the conference, and will likely be looking for more volunteers soon. The conference this past year was very good, and was attended by close to 300 people from across Canada. We had a lot of positive reactions and comments from people who were excited about the possibility of coming to Alberta for the next conference! Jason...

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