New long-term care nurses' association formed

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Two veteran leaders in the long-term care nursing field have announced the creation of a new professional association for nurses at all levels in senior care.

The American Association for Long Term Care Nursing (AALTCN) "intends to unite all levels of long-term care nursing staff for the purpose of advancing excellence" in senior care," said Executive Director Charlotte Eliopoulos.

She and AALTCN Director of Professional Relations Ron Romano most recently held similar titles with the National Association for Directors of Nursing Long-Term Care Administration (NADONA). But they say their intent is not to "replicate or compete with the many fine associations" previously existing for long-term care professionals. Rather, AALTCN was founded "to provide educational resources, advocacy and a voice for the specialty of long-term care nursing."

Rather than individual memberships, the new association will enroll entire nursing departments for a single fee, with a few noted exceptions for individuals and business partners. Officials said details can be found at www.LTCNursing.org, or by calling (513) 618-6530.