Sharon Wexler Elected Director of NGNA

Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, has been elected as Director at Large of the National Gerontological Nursing Association.  She assumed office on October 2, 2014 at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Wexler was accompanied by two senior RN4 students, Leah Kelly (left in photo) and Dawn Machesney (right in photo).  Dawn presented a research  poster: "Virtual Pet Ownership to Improve Quality of Life and Decrease Loneliness in Community Dwelling Older Adults" based upon work she did with Dr. Wexler and Dr. Lin Drury, PhD, RN on gerotechnology research.

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) was founded in 1984, and is dedicated to the clinical care of older adults across diverse care settings. Members include clinicians, educators, and researchers with vastly different educational preparation, clinical roles, and interest in practice issues. A striking feature is the substantial number of certified gerontological clinical nurse specialists who select NGNA for membership.

Dr. Wexler will represent the entire membership as Director at Large with the following duties:

  • Assist and make recommendations to the President in committee appointment and program and policy formation and implementation.
  • Serve as a resource for chapter formation
  • Present concerns/issues of members to NGNA Board or management company and follow through as needed.
  • Accept responsibilities and assignments delegated by the President.
  • Serve as a liaison to at least one committee but not more than three committees