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NRS 430 :Examine the importance of professional associations in nursing

NRS 430 :Examine the importance of professional associations in nursing

Professional organizations play an important role in the development of advanced practice nurses. Advanced practice nurses utilize them as platforms for advancing their knowledge and skills in practice and networking purposes. Often, advanced practice nurses belong to professional associations that align with their areas of specialization. Therefore, this paper explores a professional association that I may belong to in the future as a specialist in geriatrics nursing.

Organizational Description

I am interested in the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA). GAPNA is a professional organization formed to represent advanced practice nurses, researchers, clinicians, and educators’ interests. It advocates the interests of healthcare providers involved in advancing and practice of caring for the elderly. GAPNA provides healthcare providers in elderly care and practice, opportunities for research, leadership, education, networking, advocacy, and advancement of evidence-based care. The mission of the association is to promote excellence in advanced practice nursing for the health and wellbeing of the elderly. Its vision is to continue being trusted leaders for the expert care for the elderly. The goals of the association include advocating quality care for the elderly, promoting professional development, offering continuing gerontological education, and educating the population about issues related to aging. GAPNA members enjoy several benefits from the association (gapna.org, n.d.-a). They include the ability to network with other professionals, continuing education, information about evidence-based practice, and enhanced involvement activities that advance the care of the elderly.

Importance of Networking

Geriatric nurse specialists should network for several reasons. First, networking informs geriatric nurse specialists about new practices and developments in the care of the elderly. They learn about evidence-based interventions that optimize care outcomes of elderly patients, which can be used in their settings. Networking also informs geriatric nurses about transformations in their practice and their expected roles. For example, geriatric nurses learn about advances in geriatrics, new researches, and practice recommendations for their career advancement. Consequently, networking acts as an opportunity for personal and professional development for geriatric nurses (Rizany et al., 2018). Lastly, networking provides opportunities for spreading and promoting continuous improvement in healthcare. By connecting with other specialists in geriatrics, advanced practice nurses develop better insights into clinical pathways that can be adopted to drive sustained and continuous improvement in the safety, quality, and efficiency of elderly care. GAPNA creates networking opportunities for its members through scientific conferences. It organizes scientific conferences where members share information about evidence-based practices and guidelines for use in elderly care(gapna.org, n.d.-a). Members use the conferences to advance their knowledge in various issues affecting elderly care such as advocacy, research, education, and evidence-based practice.

How it Keeps Members Informed

GAPNA ensures that its members remain informed about health care changes and changes to practice that affects geriatrics. One of the ways it achieves this objective is through scientific conferences. It uses scientific conferences to inform its members about practice changes they should incorporate into patient care. The organization also publishes evidence-based information about practice changes. For example, it publishes current guidelines for geriatrics on its website to enable access to its members. It also supports inter-professional collaboration initiatives that enhance the competencies of the providers in elderly care(Kaya &Boz, 2019). GAPNA also has online resources accessed through its library for use by its members in learning about new practice changes. There is also the development of toolkits for new practice recommendations. Toolkits guide its members in implementing new changes in geriatric care, hence, standardized care. The last way in which GAPNA keeps its members informed about health care changes and changes to practice that affects elderly care is through social media (gapna.org, n.d.-a). It uses social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to inform its members about practice changes affecting their practice and patient care.

Opportunities for Continuing Education and Professional Development

Continuing education and professional development are important for geriatric nurses. GAPNA provides several opportunities for continuing education and professional development for its members. One of the ways is ensuring access to continuing education and professional development opportunities such as conferences to its members. GAPNA members have access to annual and pharmacology conferences that enhance their knowledge and skills in optimizing care outcomes in elderly care. Members also have access to an online library that enables them to obtain current, evidence-based information about geriatrics(gapna.org, n.d.-b). The organization also has a clinical advisor program where members get information about career paths they can explore to achieve their desired professional development goals.


Professional organizations play an important role in nursing practice. They provide opportunities for personal and professional development for nurses. GAPNA is an example of a professional association that I will belong in the future. It advances the education, practice, research, and advocacy of healthcare providers involved in elderly care. It also provides its members’ opportunities for continuing educational and professional development. Therefore, I believe that its membership will enable me to achieve my personal and professional goals as a geriatric nurse.



gapna.org. (n.d.-a).About | Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA). Retrieved January 12, 2022, from https://www.gapna.org/about

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Assessment Description
Examine the importance of professional associations in nursing. Choose a
professional nursing organization that relates to your specialty area, or a specialty
area in which you are interested. In a 750‐1,000 word paper, provide a detailed
overview the organization and its advantages for members. Include the following:
1. Describe the organization and its significance to nurses in the specialty
area. Include its purpose, mission, and vision. Describe the overall benefits,
or "perks," of being a member.
2. Explain why it is important for a nurse in this specialty field to network.
Discuss how this organization creates networking opportunities for nurses.
3. Discuss how the organization keeps its members informed of health care
changes and changes to practice that affect the specialty area.
4.  Discuss opportunities for continuing education and professional
You are required to cite a minimum of three sources to complete this assignment.
Sources must be appropriate for the assignment and relevant to nursing practice.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide,
located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the
assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite
technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.

Topic 1 DQ 1

Apr 4-6, 2022

Discuss why you have decided to complete your BSN at this time, and the concerns you have about completing your baccalaureate degree. Based on the readings in the course resources, what strategies can you implement to be a successful student?



Replies to Rose Francis

It was a dream which was not fulfilled since long due to financial constraints and family priorities. But now after recently moving to this country, I have found a suitable time to further purse my nursing studies. There was a time when experience was a good replacement for a BSN, but those days are gone. Moreover, a BSN degree will open better job prospects, opportunities as a nurse and job satisfaction. A highly educated nursing workforce can help a nations’ population by high quality, patient–centered care. Deepening or upgrading my knowledge can provide quality nursing care to critical patients through critical thinking, planning, implementation and lastly by evaluation.

My primary concern is balancing full time work while pursuing studies as well as dealing with household chores at the same time. I am also concerned about completing my assignments on a tight schedule.

My strategies on being successful includes attending classes regularly, reading through course materials, and asking relevant questions. I will refer back to it throughout the semester, manage my study space, set a schedule and use available online resources. Academic writing skills may be useful for patient reports in a clear and concise manner. It will be beneficial for me to be aware of relevant online databases to expand my knowledge, search for and retrieve the most current information to the patient.

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Chioma Nwachukwu

replied toRose Francis

Apr 6, 2022, 3:55 PM


Replies to Rose Francis

Balancing work, family, school and other aspects of life can be a great deal for nurses and nursing students. Several habits can help a nurse become effective and make one excel. The most important habit is to master time known as effective time management. It involves making out time for every aspect of life;work, school, family, friends, and taking out time to relax after a stressful day.

Also, setting goals that are measurable and achievable sets a student apart for success. Cultivating a healthy lifestyle, focusing on a task at a time helps to prevent multitasking which makes you want to catch a glimpse of everything (Murphy, 2015).

Finally, in order to be successful in a nursing program such as RN to BSN, it is paramount to ask for assistance when overwhelmed or when necessary. Being proactive, appreciating and rewarding oneself for a job well done are all wonderful ways to achieve success. These habits keep one elated and healthy,setting the path to effectiveness and success.


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Carly Wallmeyer

replied toChioma Nwachukwu

Apr 7, 2022, 12:46 PM


Replies to Chioma Nwachukwu

Chioma, you gave a great tool for Rose regarding her concern for balancing a full-time job, home life and school; ask for help. Sometimes it is hard to balance everything all at once. When we get overwhelmed, one aspect in our lives can suffer. To avoid this, we need to remember to ask for help. Caitlin Vogt states in The Importance of Asking for Help (2021), “Be specific, and make a list if you think that will organize your thoughts. When you can clearly articulate the assistance you need, your professor, counselor, classmate, or friend will have a better idea of how to guide you. You are helping them help you!” I agree with her statements. I tend to ask for help; however, I do not think that I am specific enough which can cause confusion. I think asking for help while being clear and precise, can help you balance your work, home life and school schedule.


Caitlin Vogt. (2021, August 9). The Importance of Asking for Help. https://myoptions.org/asking-for-help/



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Billie Gabbard

replied toRose Francis

Apr 7, 2022, 3:46 AM


Replies to Rose Francis


You have identified many strategies to implement for success. Make sure to include some time for you.


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Rose Francis

replied toBillie Gabbard

Apr 8, 2022, 10:48 AM


Replies to Billie Gabbard

Thanks for your feedback. I also plan to manage my personal time carefully alongside the course.


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Judith Wogu

replied toRose Francis

Apr 8, 2022, 12:11 PM

Replies to Rose Francis

Hi Rose,

I concur with you that pursuing a dream would motivate you to become a successful student in nursing especially after settling the barriers that delayed the pursuit. Acquiring knowledge in the nursing field and the potential job openings as well as contributing to the healthcare of the people in a community would also be a motivating factor (Brown et al., 2021). The key puzzle would be student life-work balance considering the workload of the course as well as the working hours in a full-time nursing job. This would definitely compromise the timely delivery of school requirements as patient care at the full-time job remains uncompromised (Collier, 2018). It is true that regular class attendance and timely reading of class material eliminates the pressure that would result from accumulated workload of class coverage. Management of time and having a schedule for every day’s evets helps in maintaining high standards of study and work as well as rest. Application of efficient academic writing skills also fuels efficiency in undertaking class work.

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