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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19th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association

“Shaping Healthcare for those who Shaped Canada “

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

Call for Abstracts Extended until October 21, 2016. Click here to submit your abstracts

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.
  • With an increasing aging population, it is critical that gerontological nurses remain engaged with the latest developments in research and practice in the field.
  • 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


The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability is a non-profit dedicated to the prevention and reduction of pain, pain suffering, and workplace disability.  Webinars are FREE to attend, and we will provide proof of attendance for a low fee of $15 or they are free to our members

Upcoming Webinars
Mindfulness, Emotions, and Pain Treatment
Mel Pohl, M.D. DFASAM – Chief Medical Officer, Las Vegas Recovery Center’s Pain Recovery Program
In this webinar, Dr. Mel Pohl reviews the emotional aspects of pain and suffering from a physiological and psychological standpoint and explains the basis of meditative techniques and the fundamentals of mindfulness practice.
DATE:           October 11, 2016 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
The ‘Work’ of Workplace Mental Health
Cindy Malachowski, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo
Dr. Cindy Malachowski will discuss research that focuses on the lived experience of employees with depression in the workplace. This research highlights key issues for both the employee and the manager, and demonstrates how the employees’ experience is coordinated through workplace processes and procedures.
DATE:           October 14, 2016 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
Can You Train Your Brain to Cope with Pain?
Tim Salomons, PhD – Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Reading
Dr. Salomons reviews neuroimaging studies examining how thoughts and feelings change pain, and talks about what we can learn from these studies.
DATE:           October 25, 2016 – 9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST
Total Worker Health: Evaluating the Evidence
Diane Rohlman, PhD - Associate Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa
Dr. Rohlman will look at research about programs that expand the traditional focus of occupational safety and health from protecting workers from work-specific safety and health hazards to include the promotion of health and well-being.
DATE:           November 10, 2016 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
Back Pain: Prevention and Management in the Workplace
Frederieke Schaafsma, PhD – Senior Researcher, Department of Public and Occupational Health, VU University Medical Center
Dr. Frederieke Schaafsma will present what we have learned so far regarding management of low back pain in relation to the workplace, and promising new ways to handle low back pain. DATE:           November 17, 2016 – 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST
Clinical Decision Support Tools in the Management of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
Douglas P. Gross, Ph.D., BScPT - Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta
Dr. Gross will discuss a recently conducted scoping review of Clinical Decision Support tools for making treatment decisions for injured workers.
DATE:           December 1, 2016 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
Contact With the Workplace During Long-Term Sickness Absence and Worker Expectations of Return to Work
Åsa Tjulin - Senior Lecturer, School of Health, Care, and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University
Dr. Tjulin will discuss research on workers’ expectations upon return to work and stategies for touching base with workplaces while on long-term sickness absence.
DATE:           December 8, 2016 – 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST
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:           December 13, 2016 – 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
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


Vancouver Island University

New Gerontology Diploma fills island’s need for age-specific care and services

 To learn more, visit: ow.ly/4mRUte

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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