Welcome to the GNABC website

“The Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia is a professional organization that supports and advances the professional interests of its members by promoting a social, economic and political climate in which nurses and other healthcare providers that care for the older adult can provide accessible, efficient and effective healthcare that meets the highest professional standards [...]

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President’s Message May 2016

I want to thank
everyone who was so kind to nominate and vote for me a few years ago as president elect. I was able to have coaching and mentoring from the wonderful Kim Martin to step into this role and I know I will have continued support from her, as past president as well as from the rest of the wonderful executive leadership.

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Study groups are in Abbotsford and Vancouver Abbotsford meets next on May 25, 2016 and Vancouver will meet next on June 2, 2016 Click here for more information on study group in Abbotsford…Abbotsford study group poster June 22, 2016 Click here for more information on study group in Vancouver…Vancouver study group 2016 Canadian Nurses Association [...]

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CGNA Upcoming Webinar: Older Adults and Immunizations

Join us on January 18, 2017 at 12:00PM (ET) for our next webinar, “Older Adults and Immunizations,” presented by Dr. Susan Bowles, College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University.

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GNABC Provincial Conference

Celebrating the Journey of Aging: A focus on living and dying well”

March 30 & 31, Prince George

Save the Date Poster Conference 2017

Deadline for Abstract submission: January 31, 2017 (DATE EXTENDED)

GNABC Conference March 2017 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS


Geriatric Services Conference – Tapestry Foundation for Health Care

“Going Beyond: Explore, Engage, Evolve”

April 7, 2017

Vancouver Convention Centre

2017 GSC Advance notice


19th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association

“Shaping Healthcare for those who Shaped Canada “

May 4-6, 2017 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Visit the CGNA2017 website to learn more about the conference, including the conference program, speakers, venue, and hotel and travel discounts:  http://CGNA2017.ca

  • The CGNA biennial conference is the only event of its kind that focuses on all facets of education, practice and research in the care of older adults.
  • The CGNA conference is a key educational and networking event for nurses, students, educators, policy makers, administrators and all others in the field of gerontological nursing

Join the CGNA! CGNA members save on registration fees for CGNA2017 among many other benefits.  To join, please visithttp://cgna.net/Membership.html

Sponsor or exhibit at CGNA2017! There are exciting opportunities to showcase your organization or company to leaders in gerontological nursing. For more information, please read our Sponsorship & Exhibiting Prospectus:http://cgna2017.ca/prospectus

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianGerontologicalNursingAssociation/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cgna


BC Psychogeriatric Association Conference

“Promoting Mental Health in Later Life: Mobilizing Knowledge into Practice”

May 18 -19, 2017

Segal Centre, SFU Vancouver

515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC


Excelling in the Care of the Elderly

A two-day course for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses

Mary 25-26, 2017

Offered by the Center for Professional Development at Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Click here for more information…ElderlyCareMar2017


BC Care Providers Association’s 40th Annual Conference  

Mark your Calendar for the BC Care Providers Association’s (BCCPA) 40th Annual Conference in Whistler BC from May 28th – 31st. The Conference theme is Providing 40 Years of Care: Collaboration, Achievement, Excellence and Research and will highlight best and emerging practices in order to strengthen seniors care in British Columbia. Visit the Conference website to register and to learn more about the event: http://www.bccare.ca/annual-conference/


Call for Presenters closes January 16, 2016

If you would like to present on the topic of residential care, home health, workplace health and safety in continuing care, or another topic related to improving seniors care in Canada, please submit your proposal by January 16th to Michael Kary, Director of Policy and Research, at michael@bccare.ca. Please visit our Call for Speakers page to learn more about the submission process and requirements: http://www.bccare.ca/conference-speakers/


Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability - Upcoming Webinars

Webinars are FREE to attend and proof of attendance will be provided for a low fee of $15 or they are free to our members

Click here for…information on receiving certificates of attendance

Mindfulness in the Workplace
Ellen Choi - PhD Candidate, Organizational Behaviour, Western University

Ms. Choi will discuss how mindfulness can be used in the workplace to impact organizational outcomes.
DATE:           January 19, 2017 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

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Education, Expectation and Motivation: Vital Drivers For Change in Pediatric Chronic Pain

Gillian Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, CPE - Pediatric Anesthesiologist, BC Children’s Hospital

Dr. Lauder will discuss current research into some of the current factors that are changing the way pediatric pain is treated and discussed.

DATE:            January 24, 2017 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

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Productive Aging and Work: A Framework for Developing Age-Friendly Workplaces

Juliann C. Scholl, PhD, James Grosch, and Bermang Ortiz – National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW)

Through lecture and case studies, this webinar will advance the concept of productive aging and present evidence-based methods for facilitating an age-friendly workplace. The presentation will also offer tools and strategies that encourage a culture of health that facilitates intergenerational collaboration and support.

DATE:            January 27, 2017 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

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Fear-Avoidance Beliefs and Chronic Pain

Robert Gatchel, PhD – Professor of the Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Gatchel will help us understand what fear-avoidance beliefs and behaviors are, how they affect people with chronic pain, and what tools and treatments can be used to help people with pain reduce those beliefs.

DATE:            January 31, 2017 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

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Interventions to Enhance Work Participation of Workers with a Chronic Disease: A Systematic Review

Marloes Vooijs, MSc – Doctoral Candidate, Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center

Ms. Vooijs discusses a recent systematic review of ways to increase the participation workers who have a chronic disease.

DATE:            February 2, 2017 – 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST

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How to Thrive Despite Chronic Pain

Afton L. Hassett, Psy.D. – Associate Research Scientist, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Michigan

In this session, Dr. Hassett will explore ways that you can bring more positive activities and greater meaning back into your life.

DATE:            February 9, 2017 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

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Understanding Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome

J. Curtis Nickel MD, FRCSC – Professor, Department of Urology, Queen’s University

Dr. Nickel will provide an overview of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) and some of the complications that can make diagnosis and treatment challenging and share insight into best treatment practices.

DATE:            February 15, 2017 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

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Vancouver Island University – Graduate Diploma in Gerontology: Active Aging

For more information go to: https://calendar.viu.ca/health/graduate-diploma-gerontology-active-aging#sthash.pBV2lxl0.dpuf

Jan 2017 Gero 500 and Gero 506 - starting January 2017

The two-year diploma is offered in a unique, blended format that includes both face-to-face and online learning. The perspectives and experiences of older adults in the community and the Aboriginal Elders associated with VIU are incorporated throughout the program, ensuring cross-cultural representation. Each course begins with a Weekend Institute at the Centre for Healthy Aging in Parksville, followed by online learning through VIU Learn. Participants can complete the program in two years on a full-time basis, or spread the program over six or seven semesters rather than four. To be admitted into the program, students must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized university in any discipline.


Master of Health Leadership and Policy: Seniors Care  – Upcoming UBC graduate program

The Master of Health Leadership and Policy: Seniors Care  is a 1-year, cross-disciplinary program comprised of coursework focused on Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care.  The Seniors care and policy components of the programme is taught by expert UBC faculty from the School of Nursing, and the Management and Leadership coursework is provided by faculty from the Faculty of Applied Science and the Sauder School of Business.

Applications are currently being accepted for the January 2017 class (2nd cohort).

For further information on the application process contact: mhlp@ubc.ca

For detailed information about the programme specifics contact:

Jennifer Baumbusch, RN, PhD

Associate Professor
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar
UBC School of Nursing

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Central / North Vancouver Island
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Central Okanagan
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Fraser Valley
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Prince George
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Simon Fraser
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Vancouver – inactive
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