New Directions | May 2019
A Gerontological Nursing Publication
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A Letter from the President
According to the World Health Organization, worldwide populations are aging at an increasing pace, with persons 60 years and older projected to double from 900 million in 2015 to 2 billion in 2050, which is an increase from 12 to 22% of the global population. By 2020, adults over 60 years will outnumber children under 5 years of age.

In accordance with WHO, of the ten priorities for a Decade of Action on Healthy Aging, the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) is committed to promoting research that addresses the needs of older persons, align needs of older adults with health care systems providing care, combating ageism, promoting healthy aging and developing age-friendly communities.

Aging is an international issue and we are privileged that at NHCGNE we have 60 member schools in the US, as well as in three countries including Canada, Australia and Hong Kong.

International members are serving on the board of directors and on committees, making important contributions while sharing cultural perspectives on aging from their respective countries.

Over the next few months we will be introducing you to our international members focusing on their educational and research endeavors. We are seeking out and engaging with our colleagues around the world so that we can welcome gerontological nurses from additional countries as members of NHCGNE.
Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC, FGSA, FAAN
President, NHCGNE
Save the Date!
NHCGNE is coming to Austin, TX! Say tuned to our website for more information coming soon!
Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
Why Sponsor?
Your support makes the NHCGNE Annual Leadership Conference the premiere event for the gerontological nursing community and is one of many reasons our attendees return year after year.
Check Out Some of the Opportunities!
All attendees will receive a conference bag with the sponsor's logo & NHCGNE logo on one side. Let our attendees know you support NHCGNE while getting recognition. This bag will become a keepsake and constant reminder of your sponsorship & support of NHCGNE. Includes all Silver Sponsor benefits.
Cost: $2,000
Dress up this promotional hand sanitizer bottle to have your logo on this uniform! This ultra-slim bottle wears a label that looks just like nurse’s scrubs, complete with a blue V-neck scrub shirt & pocket. Includes all Friend Sponsor benefits.
Cost: $750
What better way to show your support of NHCGNE? Sponsor will get their logo on NHCGNE Award Recipient Plaques. Includes all Platinum Bronze benefits.
Cost: $1,750
Put your company/organization in the hands of all conference attendees—purchase an advertisement in the conference Program Book. The program book includes speaker biographies, the agenda, and other critical conference information that becomes a valuable take-home resource for all attendees.
Cost $75- $750
Student Travel Awards
We are accepting nominations through July 30th for early career predoctoral and doctoral students who are engaged in promoting gerontological nursing excellence.  The purpose of these awards is to support NHCGNE Leadership Conference travel for outstanding, early career predoctoral and doctoral students who are engaged in promoting gerontological nursing excellence. Students will be selected through a competitive process to receive one of three $250 travel awards.
Process of Application:
  • Personal statement from student describing research interests, career ambitions, and how attendance at the conference will enhance career development (500 words or less).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Letter of support from advisor/supervisor from school. This letter should indicate how the student will be supported for remaining travel expenses to the Leadership Conference.
Process of Selection & Delivery:
  • A panel of representatives from the NHCGNE will review the application package of all nominations.
  • A conference call will be scheduled between all reviewers for discussion and final designation of awardees.
  • Awardees will be notified no later than September 28th.
  • Recipients will be acknowledged during the NHCGNE Annual Breakfast Business Meeting at the Annual Leadership Conference on the morning of November 12, 2019. The applicant must commit to attending the Lecture.
  • After receiving notice of the award, the student awardees must notify the NHCGNE to confirm attendance to the 2019 Leadership conference by October 18, 2019
Claudia J. Beverly Innovation Award
The NHCGNE Claudia J. Beverly Innovation Award is designed to recognize and celebrate innovative programs and projects that highlight excellence in Gerontological Nursing. The Award will be granted to a member or team of NHCGNE members to showcase innovations designed and implemented that positively impact the nursing care of older adults. Nominations for the NHCGNE Innovation Award are submitted by self-nomination. Nominees must be a gerontological nurse from a member institution. 
  • NHCGNE member
  • Gerontological nurse
  • Recognizes work completed within the previous 3-year-period related to innovation in science, research, education or practice

Criteria for Consideration:
  • Compelling creativity;
  • A new, unique idea or a variation in an existing concept;
  • A significant impact on the quality of nursing care of older adults;
  • An improvement in healthcare delivery quality, efficiency, or cost effectiveness;
  • Collaboration, teamwork, and cooperation between disciplines, institutions, or organizations.
Process of Application, Selection & Delivery:
  • Self-nominations will be submitted to the NHCGNE with a one-page application form and a two-page narrative addressing each of the five criteria for consideration;
  • A completed nomination package in pdf format should be sent to Terri Cochran at no later than August 31st, 2019
  • A panel of representatives from the NHCGNE will review the application package of all nominations
  • A conference call will be scheduled between all reviewers for discussion and final designation of awardee;
  • A $250 cash award will be presented to the awardee immediately following the NHCGNE Breakfast Business Meeting on the morning of November 12, 2019. The applicant must commit to attending the Lecture to win.
Nominations are being accepted until August 31, 2019.
NHCGNE Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Applications Now Open!
Cost to Apply
Dr. May Wykle, noted Gerontological nurse recently said: “Geriatric Nursing, the last frontier is here to stay.” Gerontological Nursing has been taught as a free-standing course at Radford University for over 20 years. The course has been adapted to address changes in healthcare, community resources, and shifting demographics related to aging populations. With a focus on enhancing quality of life, improving or maintaining function, and recognition of geriatric specific issues, the course has elevated learning, clinical reasoning, and practice. Keeping abreast of not only the current evidence but also the current learning strategies of students, we focus on the aging process, biological, sociological, psychological, and spiritual components and adapt our clinical courses to these same principles. Individuality, quality of life and maintaining independence are our primary goals....
Support NHCGNE
You can now donate to the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE)  online

Your generous donation will be instrumental in the development of new programs, products and services that will enable us to sustain our efforts in strengthening gerontological nursing faculty development and leadership. 

The importance of your contribution cannot be overstated. In addition to all the work that you already do on behalf of older adults, this gift further demonstrates your personal commitment to prepare our country with a competent gerontological nursing workplace. 
NHCGNE Needs an Executive Director
We are looking to fill our open Executive Director position.

Job Title:      Executive Director   
Reports To Executive Committee/BOD
FLSA Status:   50%  time, Exempt Employee, Annual Salary
The Executive Director will report to the Executive Committee and be responsible for leading the strategic vision of the NHCGNE. 

The successful candidate will have gerontological nursing, health policy or association leadership experience and business acumen to strengthen the sustainability of the organization.
This position requires a detail-oriented individual with strong, effective organizational, problem-solving and time-management skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Effective and collegial communication skills are required.

The full job description can be found by clicking the button below.

If you or someone you know is interested in the position and have any questions, please contact Terri Cochran, .

For consideration, applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three professional references to Terri Cochran, .  Position OPEN UNTIL FILLED.
The Membership Committee Needs Your Help!
The Membership Committee is eager to identify prospective member schools. Do you know a geriatric nursing champion at a school that is not a member of NHCGNE? What about a Dean who is not aware of our organization? The Membership Committee is looking to connect with them but we need your help! 

If you could, please forward the names and emails of these champions and leaders and we will do the rest. The committee will provide helpful information on the benefits of membership along with an invitation to our upcoming leadership conference. We can also mention you as the referral contact, if you wish. We look forward to your referrals and growing our amazing organization.
UMass Lowell Living Well Forum Event Review
At UMass Lowell’s Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships’ forum, speakers shared their latest research on aging workers in the workplace, age-friendly initiatives and asthma in older adults.

The theme of the 5 th Annual Healthy Aging – Living Well Forum – Healthy Aging: Where We Live, Work and Collaborate – emphasized the all-encompassing impact the environment and social determinants of health have in our society.

“Researchers representing the multidisciplinary field of gerontology and collaborating on solutions are in the best position to make a difference to people’s lives,” says Karen Devereaux Melillo, Interim Dean of the Solomont School of Nursing and Director of the Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships.

The opening keynote speaker Janet Barnes-Farrell, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Associate Department Head for Research & Resources at the University of Connecticut, set the record straight about the misconceptions of workers as they age.
Wake Forest Baptist Health Opportunity
Check Out This Great Read!
NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles about nursing for you! 

Artificial intelligence could one day change the lives of people facing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, according to a new study by researchers at UC, San Francisco.

“One of the difficulties with Alzheimer’s disease is that by the time all the clinical symptoms manifest and we can make a definitive diagnosis, too many neurons have died, making it essentially irreversible,” said Jae Ho Sohn, a resident in the school’s Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and the study’s lead researcher, in a statement.

For the study, published in Radiology , Sohn and his team fed a common type of brain scans to a machine-learning algorithm, and it learned to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s disease about six years before a clinical diagnosis could be made. The AI’s diagnostic skills could give doctors a much-needed headstart on treating the degenerative disease.

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Let us know of people who are not already receiving the News Digest mailing list for member schools. If you know of faculty or PhD students that are not receiving this - email us at  with their name and email address. 
2019 HIGN Interprofessional Summer
Research Scholars Program
The 22nd annual Summer Scholars program is a week-long, intensive, interprofessional seminar offered by the Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Focused on research related to the aging population, the program is led by geriatric experts from HIGN and includes faculty from the disciplines of social work, medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, physical therapy and other professional programs. This in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized geriatric researchers is open to any healthcare professional interested in advancing a research track in the area of gerontology. Many of our past participants have gone on to be awarded NIH and other prestigious funding. 
APRN Specialty Certification in Gerontology
The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association‘s mission is to promote excellence in advanced practice nursing for the well-being of older adults. GAPNA offers its members the support they need to continue their personal and professional growth by hosting cutting-edge conferences on developments in the field, as well as by providing online educational experiences such as webinars and online courses. These tools are meant to enable each member to perform to the fullest scope of their education and potential.
This year, GAPNA supports the Gerontology Nursing Certification Commission in the new APRN Specialist Certification Exam for highly skilled APRN who is looking to validate their skill in managing the care of older adults. 
Infusion Nurses Society 2020 Call for Abstracts
Interested in speaking at a national conference?
The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is recognized as the global authority in infusion therapy and is dedicated to exceeding the public’s expectations of excellence by setting the standard for infusion care. INS is also dedicated to providing professional development opportunities, quality education, and advancing best practice through evidence-based practice and research.
Abstract submissions are due by July 12, 2019
Say it with "Got Content"!
Next New Directions Content Submission Deadline:
July 2019
Deadline: June 20, 2019 (Publish July 1)
Newsletter submissions should be sent to Laura Albrecht at  with 
NHCGNE New Directions Submission in the subject line.  
Positions Available!
Can You Dual at OHSU?
OHSU School of Nursing seeks faculty applicants for dual roles in research and teaching. Applicants are expected to maintain active programs of research and teach primarily in the PhD and DNP programs, and they should align with our values of integrity, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and excellence. Research-intensive faculty positions are designed to advance the School of Nursing’s reputation in research at OHSU and nationally, and to contribute to the teaching mission in the development of nurse scientists at all education levels but with particular emphasis on doctoral education. Reports to the Program Director most closely aligned with incumbents’ areas of specialization.

Eligibility for Oregon RN license and PhD or other research doctorate required. The University and School are top tier research environments, and Portland Oregon ranks highly in arts, outdoor recreation, and livability.
Oregon Health & Science University is Seeking Candidates like You!
The OHSU School of Nursing seeks a visionary academic leader for the role of Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs who can readily align with our values of integrity, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and excellence. We are fully committed to building a diverse organization and strongly encourage applications from minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. This role serves the School by providing:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Academic Program Development
  • Optimization of Human and Fiscal Resources

The Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (SADAA) serves as the Chief Academic Officer in the School of Nursing with responsibility for programs of excellence in teaching and learning. Leading the Office of Academic Affairs, this role lends thoughtful leadership and strategic guidance to program directors and faculty in the development, implementation and evaluation of the curricula spanning baccalaureate through doctoral education.

To discuss interest, contact Virginia Tilden, Sr. Associate Dean for Research at

Associate Dean for Academic Programs Faculty Position 
he University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing seeks dynamic, mission-minded, academic leader to maintain and grow the reputation of the College of Nursing as a regional, national, and international leader in nursing education.  

Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Julian Tunno, Manager of Executive and Faculty Recruitment at Contact Julian Tunno by phone at 501-686-2590.

Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care 
The University of Utah College of Nursing seeks an established, visionary scholar to fill the Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care. The Endowed Chair primarily will teach end-of-life, palliative, and hospice care courses/course content, and/or provide clinical care, as well as advance the discovery, organization, transmission, and/or application of knowledge to improve the unique health care needs of patients near the end of life. The Endowed Chair is a 5-year tenure-line or career-line appointment, renewable upon successful review. Academic rank and salary for this full-time, 12-month appointment will be commensurate with qualifications.  

Faculty, Nurse Researcher
The Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Health Division of Nursing invite applications from faculty candidates with a career commitment to research for a position with the School. PhD in Nursing (or DNSc) preparation is required. Candidates eligible for this position will have demonstrated strong potential for developing a program of funded scientific research, particularly in the areas of aging and population health. Those whose research aligns with other priorities in the school’s strategic plan will also be considered (Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Neuroscience, Diabetes, Regenerative Medicine).  

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an externally funded research program, advise nursing doctoral students, and mentor students, nursing staff and faculty in research.

  • PhD/DNSc
  • Strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Evidence of teaching and mentoring excellence as demonstrated by course evaluation summaries.
  • Strong methodological and statistical skills.
  • Effective interpersonal communication and management skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment.
Endowed Professorship Position In Gerontology
The University of Iowa College of Nursing seeks an established senior faculty member in gerontological nursing to support the mission of the college and provide leadership and mentorship in research and gerontological initiatives through collegiate and interdisciplinary aging opportunities, including the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, the Center on Aging, and the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative. The candidate will join a dynamic faculty within a collaborative research university with excellence in aging research. Excellent interdisciplinary collaboration potential also exists through the interdisciplinary Geriatric Education Center, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, National Health Law and Policy Resource Center, Public Policy Center, Institute of Neuroscience, and other health care networks. 

  • Earned doctorate in nursing or a doctorate in a related field with a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Must be eligible for or currently licensed to practice nursing in the state of Iowa
  • Focused program of research related to gerontological nursing
  • Evidence of Intraprofessional collaboration to advance team science
  • Distinguished record of substantial external research funding

Associate Dean of the PhD Program
The University of Maryland, School of Nursing (UMSON) is seeking a dynamic academic leader for the role of Associate Dean of the PhD Program who can align with our core values: accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, knowledge, leadership. The Associate Dean of the PhD Program is member of the Dean’s leadership team and collaborates with other Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and faculty to advance the strategic goals of the school. This position reports to the Dean and is 50% administrative, while the remainder will be devoted to one’s own research, practice, teaching and service.

  • PhD or equivalent research intensive doctoral degree in Nursing or related field
  • Evidence of sustained program of research in areas aligned with UMSON and affiliated university recognized organized research centers (Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center, Center for Health Outcomes Research, Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research)
  • Experience chairing PhD dissertation committees in Nursing or related discipline
  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills
  • Eligible for appointment as tenured associate or full professor
  • Eligible to serve as a regular faculty member of the UMB Graduate School