New Directions | January 2018
A Gerontological Nursing Publication
A Welcome from the New Executive Director
I am deligthed to introduce our new Executive Director, Kameka Brown, and we have dedicated this months welcome to her and her comments for the upcoming year.  

We are delighted to have you Kammy!

Claudia Beverly PhD, RN, FAAN
I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to advance National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence’s (NHCGNE) mission of enhancing and sustaining nurses providing quality care to older adults. Early in my career I served on a citywide council focused on improving care and access for the Aging and it has shaped my values in many ways. NHCGNE’s commitment to bolstering the capacity and competency of nursing faculty is critical for the nearly 73 million Baby Boomers nationally. With nearly 1.6 billion seniors internationally, it’s not only the United States responding to the needs of the Aging. Globally, there is a growing demand nursing professional; especially educators and faculty. Equally, the demand for nursing professionals trained in caring for older adults continues to rise. While the nursing shortage requires a multifaceted solution, I do believe it is possible to positively impact gerontological nursing care, one learner at a time. 
In the coming year, NHCGNE will continue to be at the forefront of faculty development and excellence in gerontological nursing practice. Look for exciting professional development and research opportunities tailored to NHCGNE core competencies in care of older adults. Finally, mark your calendars for our leadership conference November 13-14, 2018. This is an amazing opportunity to connect with national and international leaders to benchmark best practices.

The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence is an endeavor that lies close to my heart. The value of enhancing the preparation of the next generation of nursing faculty and professionals can make a world of difference. I look forward to meeting and connecting with our members. Please do not hesitate to email me ( ) with ideas, suggestions or simply to introduce yourself. I am eager to meet everyone.
Kameka "Kammy" Brown, PhD, MBA, CNP
NHCGNE Executive Director
Meet Your New President Elect!
Dr. Epps (Claire M. Fagin Fellow 2013-15, Assistant Professor at Georgia State University) has been awarded an Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant (AARG-D) for her project, “Dementia-Friendly Faith Villages to Support African American Families". This is a 3 year award in the amount $150,000.

Dr. Epps and colleagues will design and test the feasibility of a dementia-friendly faith village worship service. They will examine how dementia-friendly faith village worship services support the well-being of caregivers and care recipients in two African American churches through observation, interviews, and surveys. A sample of thirty African American caregivers and persons living with dementia will be asked to attend six modified worship services together over six months.
The results of this study will hopefully shed light on the significant role that churches play in the lives of African American family caregivers and persons living with dementia. It is anticipated this faith based, family-oriented approach will promote a greater quality of life for these African American families. 
NHCGNE's Annual Leadership Conference Is Coming to Boston!
Stay tuned for more information about Registration. 
Dementia Care: Person-Centered Care Planning & Practice Recommendations Call
What : National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement
When : Tuesday, March 20 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET

During this call, gain insight on the phase two changes for person-centered care planning and discharge planning. Also, learn about the new Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Additionally, CMS shares updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes. A question and answer session follows the presentations.

  • Debra Lyons, CMS
  • Douglas Pace, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Michele Laughman, CMS
Target Audience: Consumer and advocacy groups; nursing home providers; surveyor community; prescribers; professional associations; and other interested stakeholders.
Call for 2018 Health & Aging Policy Fellows Program: Applications Now Open!
Health and Aging Policy Fellows Progam invites candidates with a strong commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in aging-relevant policy work to join the next class of Health and Aging Policy Fellows (2018-19).

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program aims to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy to ultimately improve the health care of older adults. The year-long fellowship offers a rich and unique training and enrichment program that is focused on current policy issues, communication skills development, and professional networking opportunities to provide fellows with the experience and skills necessary to help affect policy. 

Save the Date!
The NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly Summer Institute on Aging Research) is accepting applications for an intensive introduction to aging research.

This program for investigators new to aging research is focused on the breadth of research supported by the National Institute on Aging, including basic biology, neuroscience, behavioral and social research, geriatrics and clinical gerontology. As an offering through the NIA Office of Special Populations, program content will include a focus on health disparities, research methodologies, and funding opportunities.

The 2018 B-W Scholars Program will be held July 30-August 3, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Support in most cases is available for travel and living expenses.
Attendees from years past have included their personal testimonies. One is included below: 
This was an awesome program to attend. I gained valuable insights to available funding opportunities, research methodologies, and latest research addressing aging and health disparities. In addition to the knowledge gained, I expanded my professional network with amazing scientists from various disciplines. I recommend every emerging scholar interested in aging research to apply.
—-Dr. Fayron Epps, Claire M. Fagin Fellow 2013-15
For more information click here.    Applications are due March 23, 2018
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Call for Manuscripts: Special Issue on Family Focused Care of Older Adults
The Journal of Family Nursing (JFN) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal of nursing research, practice, education, and policy issues, as well as empirical and theoretical analyses on the subject of family health. Its interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative perspectives examine cultural diversity and families across the life cycle. JFN is ranked 3rd among 116 journals in the Nursing Science Category of the 2016 SCI, with a 2016 Impact Factor of 2.537.
Authors are encouraged to submit their work, which will be presented in a special issue focusing on family focused care of older adults. Research-focused, practice-oriented, and theoretical/conceptual papers are suitable for submission. Review manuscripts are welcome as well as manuscripts which focus on the education of health care professionals to provide family focused care of older adults. A compelling argument for how the paper significantly extends knowledge about the family care of older adults is a central requirement.

Queries may be addressed to Editor, Janice M. Bell, RN, PhD
Are YOU Post Doc Ready with Mizzou?
Funded by the University of Missouri, the Sinclair School of Nursing, has a Post-Doctoral Nursing Fellowship for you! This fellowship will build upon the expertise and research opportunities within the MU Center for Patient Centered Outcomes. MU Center for Eldercare and Rehab Technology; MU Health Communication Research Center; MU Informatics Institute; MU Center for Lymphedema Research, Practice, and Health Policy; and externally funded research at the MU SON. 

Upcoming GUMSHOE Grant Writing Coaching Group!
Are you looking to improve your grantsmanship skills and improve the submission process for NIH research grants? The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is searching for coaches and mentees for the Grant Uncovered: Maximizing, Strategies, Help, Opportunities, and Experiences (GUMSHOE) in Honolulu, HI.
The GUMSHOE program offers mentees an opportunity to work with a coach twice a month to prepare a grant application. They will also have the chance to work with an NIH Grant Program Officer to review grant applications and have their application reviewed by an experienced NIH funded investigator.

The 6-month GUMSHOE program will be held through the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, HI with a Kickoff Meeting being held May 14-18, 2018 .
To apply, one must be of native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander decent, or be working with these particular populations.

The application deadline is April 9, 2018 at midnight HST. For more information, and to apply click here
Check Out This Great Read!
NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles on nursing for you! 

As nursing gains increasing influence in all aspects of healthcare provision, it is vital that practitioners develop leadership skills at an early stage in their careers.

Leadership is a key skill for nurses at all levels. While this may be stating the obvious for those whose position gives them direct managerial responsibility, even the most recently qualified practitioners need the confidence and skills to be able to offer leadership to students and other colleagues such as healthcare assistants... 

If you are interested in joining NHCGNE -  Click here to access our printable application . If you need an electronic copy - please email 
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Positions Available!
Swoop into Utah Nursing
The University of Utah Wants YOU!   The University of Utah College of Nursing seeks an established, visionary nurse scientist to fill the   Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby Presidential Endowed Chair  in Gerontological Nursing. The endowed chair will advance the discovery, organization, transmission and/or application of knowledge to improve the unique health care needs and well-being of older adults. 

The Endowed Chair is a 5-year appointment, renewable upon successful review. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. This tenure line faculty position is a full-time, 12-month appointment. 

Click here   to read more on this position. 
Become a Terp!
The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is currently recruiting for a full-time, tenure track or tenured associate professor or tenured professor. 

We seek a faculty member with research interests that align with those of members of our organized research centers (ORCs) and who will collaborate with members of these centers: UMSON ORC: Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan, UMSON ORC: Center for Health Outcomes Research, UMB ORC: Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research.

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
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.

To discuss interest, contact Virginia Tilden, Sr. Associate Dean for Research at
Get With Pace
Pace University's Lienhard School of Nursing  in the College of Health Professions is seeking a Full-time Tenure Track Faculty Member to join our faculty at the New York City campus. We seek one new tenure track faculty member to teach in our undergraduate nursing department. Candidates should have expertise caring for the following population: Geriatric. 
All candidates must have a PhD, EdD, or other research doctorate(s). The ideal candidates will have: A minimum of three (3) years teaching and current clinical experience (Academic rank and salary is commensurate with educational preparation and experience). An active program of research, and a track record of publications and grant activity.

All candidates must have a PhD, EdD, or other research doctorate(s). The ideal candidates will have: A minimum of three (3) years teaching and current clinical experience (Academic rank and salary is commensurate with educational preparation and experience). An active program of research, and a track record of publications and grant activity.

E-mail cover letter and CV to  Application reviews will continue until the position is filled. Pace University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Jump into a Career with GSU
The School of Nursing (SON), located in the downtown Atlanta campus of Georgia State University (GSU), currently provides a premier multicultural learning experience to more than 555 undergraduate and graduate students.  

The SON offers collaborative opportunities with many GSU centers and institutes focused on urban health, health 
disparities, health policy and law, and 
gerontology. We invite applications for the following six full-time faculty positions. 
Envision Yourself a Sooner!
The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center seeks exceptional candidates for the   Ziegler Palliative Care Endowed Chair in Nursing Science.  The Ziegler Endowed Chair will be awarded to a nurse or health related scientist with an earned doctorate and possessing a program of clinically focused research in palliative care or related field.

The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, invites applications for a  Program Director in the PhD Program.   This administrative Director assumes responsibility for providing leadership, guidance and direction for the PhD program.
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. 
Next News Digest Content Submission Deadline:
March 2018
Deadline: February 20, 2017 (Publish March 1)
Newsletter submissions should be sent to Laura Albrecht at  with NHCGNE New Directions Submission in the subject line.