Education and Resources


The following is a grouping of educational opportunities and resources links that may be of interest to you as a guardian.  This is in no way an endorsement of the educational opportunity or link by NCGA.  When an opportunity is provided by NCGA, it will be identified as such.

Please note that this list is comprised of sessions on specific dates, resources that are not on specific dates and the link.


Educational Resources for Nursing Advancement

In 2004, nursing schools accredited by the AACN voted to move the current level of preparation necessary for advanced nursing practice from the master’s degree to the doctorate by 2015. The DNP has since grown in popularity, but most states continue to accept the MSN for advanced practice licensure. Because of this, and the continuing shortage of graduate-educated nurses, we launched two new initiatives to help RNs pursue MSN and DNP education - and We know there's a lot for students to consider when researching graduate programs, and our goal is to simplify what is often a confusing process.

- Comprehensive guides to the gerontological nursing specialty, including career opportunities, professional certifications, and a directory of academic programs

- Comparisons of each degree and how ADN and BSN grads can fast-track earning an MSN or DNP

- Insights into nursing school affordability and the many types of funding available

January 23, 2020

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Guardianship and Supoported Decision Making   


Guardian and Guardian Alternatives


Restoration of Rights for Adults Under Guardianship

January 01, 2020

Today, the Senate Special Aging Committee held a hearing on state-level efforts to overhaul the legal guardianship framework for older Americans as well as their families and caretakers. Representatives of state agencies overseeing the care of at-risk seniors were among the panel of witnesses who answered questions on ways they were working to improve the system and on ways the federal government could encourage positive change in public policy for seniors needing legal guardianship.

Watch the Committee Hearing Video here and read the report here.

February 15, 2017

Author: Meredith Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill, NC

The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA; pronounced, “you-ah-gap-jah”).  UAGPPJA is a uniform law enacted by the NC General Assembly took effect December 1, 2016.  Meredith brings clarity to the process and how it effects adult guardianship.

February 03, 2016

This article by Meredith Smith, UNCSOG, explains how the Clerk of Superior Court decides who should serve as a guardian under NCGS 35A.

How to Protect our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Adults through Effective Guardianship Practices

National Association for Court Management’s webinar: How to Protect our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Adults through Effective Guardianship Practices, we encourage you to view it at your convenience.  The webinar, led by CEC director Dr. Brenda Uekert, follows NACM’s Adult Guardianship Guide and provides action steps courts can take to improve guardianship practices. Despite differences among states, there are standards that can guide your court in developing robust practices that enhance both court efficiencies and oversight.


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