Blakely receives GAPNA award

Commended for innovative teaching in care of older adults

Photo: Kala Blakely By Hunter Carter
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track Coordinator and Assistant Professor Kala K. Blakely, DNP, CRNP, NP-C, CNE (MSN 2010, DNP 2013) has received the Excellence in Education Award from the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA).

“It is an honor to receive an award from an organization promoting practice and advancement of care for older adults,” said Blakely. “I was unaware I had been nominated, so it was a sweet surprise to know colleagues view my teaching style and leadership worthy of a national teaching award.”

Blakely will receive her award at GAPNA’s annual conference Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2021 in San Diego.

The Excellence in Education Award is given to an individual involved in the teaching and/or design of gerontological nurse practitioner curriculum or course content who demonstrates knowledge of the care of older adults and the ability to translate that knowledge to enhance students’ understanding in innovative ways.

“Having the opportunity to educate graduate students is an adventure,” said Blakely. “The students are wise from their registered nursing journeys and incredibly eager to learn all they can about becoming a nurse practitioner. The greatest part of being their professor is seeing their impact around the world after graduation. Their successes make my heart happy.”

Blakely has served in different capacities as a member of the GAPNA, including being involved with the education committee, which focuses on providing best practice resources for clinicians and educators to care for older adults. In 2020, Blakely was elected to serve on GAPNA’s Nominating Committee.

Other UABSON faculty and alumni will also be active at GAPNA’s annual conference. Associate Professor Natalie Baker DNP, CRNP, GNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, GS-C, FAANP (BSN 1985, MSN 1990, DNP 2010), will be installed as president of the GAPNA; Assistant Dean for Clinical and Community Programs and Associate Professor Michele Talley, PhD, CRNP, ACNP-BC, FAANP (MSN 2005, PhD 2015), is the conference planning chair and giving a poster presentation; Co-Coordinator for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track and Instructor Rebecca Suttle, DNP, RN, AGACNP-BC (BSN 2010, MSN 2014, DNP 2018) will be giving a podium presentation; and Somali Nguyen, DNP, MSN, AGACNP-BC, and Patricia Speck, DNSc, CRNP-FACULTY, FNP-BC, DF-IAFN, DF-AFN, FAAFS, FAAN, both will be giving poster presentations.

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