New Directions | January 2019
A Letter From The President
Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday with family and friends. Now that the holidays are over, it is the time of year we think about renewal and future possibilities. For the first time since with have become a 501-3-c, we held elections in 2018 and welcomed Dr. Meg Wallhagen as our new Vice President and four new board members, Drs. Glenna Brewster, Claudia Lau, Ruth Lopez, and Janine Overcash. In addition to having a highly successful Leadership Conference, Thriving Together as We Age: Older Adults and their Caregivers , we launched our Distinguished Educators in Gerontological Nursing program, where 33 nurses were awarded important recognition for their years of educating nurses at all levels in gerontological nursing. Congratulations!
Looking forward, NHCGNE is expecting 2019 to be a banner year. We hope to continue to increase our membership; during this past year we had 5 new member schools join with us. We are moving to see how we can extend our influence, not only in nursing education, but also to older adults and their caregivers. A newly established Entrepreneurial Committee will explore ways that we can parlay our gerontological nursing expertise to society at large. These are a few of the activities that are planned for 2019. I look forward to your continued support and encourage you to promote your membership in NHCGNE to colleagues who may be at schools who have not yet joined with us.
Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, FGSA, FAAN
NHCGNE President
2018 NHCGNE Leadership Conference
Conference Update
NHCGNE’s 2018 Leadership Conference, Thriving Together as We Age: Older Adults and their Caregivers, was a first in many ways. In addition to being the largest conference with 194 participants, this was the first leadership conference held at a member school, Northeastern University in Boston, MA. We had attendees from 33 states and 6 countries (Hong Kong, Mainland China, Philippines, Australia, Canada and Germany). Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive and the air of excitement was contagious, so we are looking forward with anticipation to our conference in 2019 in Austin, TX. 

A big THANK YOU to Drs. Tracie Harrison and J. Taylor Harden and their Conference Planning Committee for a wonderful leadership conference!
Participants from the United States
Participants from China & Hong Kong
Participants From Around The World
Session Highlights
Caring for a Person with a Cognitive Impairment
This session was presented by Heather Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, Davis Edward K. Kaplan, PhD, and Janna Kaplan, MSC and explored the very personal impact of living with dementia from the view of the person with dementia and the view of their spouse. Attendees were moved to tear sand laughter as presenters skillfully evoked their emotional journey and detailed their building resources to optimize their daily life together.  
This session was comprised of 5 rapid fire talks with presenters each engaging the audience in an innovative take on a gerontological nursing care of older adults. Presenters demonstrated their content expertise and passion as they persuaded the audience to be a champion for their topics too: Communication with Family Caregivers; LGBT Caregivers; End-of-Life Planning; Care Coordination for Persons with Dementia and Family; The Health Impact on Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren.
Mary Stark Harper
Mary Starke Harper Leadership Interview highlighted the career path of Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN. Attendees benefitted from hearing that serendipity coupled with being educationally prepared and continually seeking out new skills as a nurse research can lead to unexpected opportunities. Mentors help one be fearless and take those unexpected pathways. 
Centers of Excellence Supporting Care Recipients and Caregivers: Challenges in Doing Research in Long-Term Care.
Tracie Harrison and Tracey Yapp covered the impact of institutional support as a key tool for researchers being able to conduct studies within the long-term care setting. Session attendees benefitted from practical suggestions for how to garner institutional support through collaborative and mutually beneficial agreements between researcher and administrators, staff, and community stakeholders. 
Conference Photos
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The Membership Committee Needs Your Help!
The Membership Committee is eager to identify prospective membership 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.
Lecture Series
The Rita Kobb Nursing & Health Informatics National Symposium is a biyearly lectureship series that explores topics in nursing informatics. This series was created by a gift made in honor of Rita Kobb, a UF College of Nursing alumna and nursing informatics expert.
A full slate of scholarly experts on the topic and CEU credits will be provided. We invite abstracts in research, project or theoretical/conceptual format to be considered for poster presentation at the conference. Please continue to visit for an agenda, registration, abstract submission and speakers as information becomes available.
TigerPlace is Back!
At TigerPlace, we are committed to improving the lives of older adults in Columbia, Missouri, and across the world. We believe in a Registered Nurse (RN)/Social Work (SW) Care Coordination model that uses technology to promote early illness recognition and fall detection. Our model facilitates the use of nursing services and resources to assist older adults in maintaining their independence and be as active as possible, through the end of their life. Sharing our innovative model of RN care coordination will help other organizations benefit from what we have learned and help them implement similar systems of health care and personal services.

2019 Dates: February 7 | June 13 | October 17
For more information on TigerPlace  click here
Check Out This Great Read!
NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles on nursing for you! 

Forgetfulness, temporary confusion, or having trouble remembering a name or word can be a normal part of life. But when thinking problems or unusual behavior starts to interfere with everyday activities—such as working, preparing meals, or handling finances—it’s time to see a doctor. These could be signs of a condition known as dementia.

Dementia is a brain disorder that most often affects the elderly. It’s caused by the failure or death of nerve cells in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause. By some estimates, about one-third of people ages 85 and older may have Alzheimer’s. Although age is the greatest risk factor for dementia, it isn’t a normal part of aging. Some people live into their 90s and beyond with no signs of dementia at all.

If you are interested in joining NHCGNE -  Click here to access our printable application . If you need an electronic copy - please email 
Highlight Your Research Area in an NHCGNE Symposia for GSA 2019
NHCGNE would like to highlight the research of our members by submitting an abstract of your work along with other abstracts on a related topic as part of a NHCGNE Symposium Submission to the 2019 Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference. 

  • Submission Date of Your Abstract to NHCGNE Committee:  February 15, 2019
  • Review Date: February 25, 2019
  • Member Abstract Selection Notification: March 1, 2019
  • Submission Symposium Abstract by NHCGNE Committee: March 15, 2019
The 2019 GSA Annual Scientific theme seeks to answer questions such as: 
  • How will we harness social capital in the service of an aging population? 
  • How can we ameliorate cognitive decline? 
  • How do we combat decline and frailty at the cellular, physiologic, and patient levels?
Do You Know Someone Who's Not Getting Our Newsletters?
Let us know of people who are not already receiving the New Directions mailing list for non member schools. If you are a member school and know of faculty or PhD students that are not receiving this - email us at  with their name and email address. 
Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program (2019-2020)
Health and Aging Policy Fellows would like to share with you a great opportunity for a transformational experience, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program (2019-2020). This program offers a unique opportunity for professionals who serve as change agents in health and aging policy to ultimately improve the health care of older adults. Through this program, fellows gain the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.
Additional information about the application process, financial support eligibility, and other program components can be found on the Health and Aging Policy Fellows website. There are upcoming information sessions to learn directly about the program. To sign up, please email Mica Muir indicating the information session you will be attending. The number to dial into the call is 646-317-4780.
  • Tuesday, January 29th: 3-4pm EST
  • Thursday, February 7th: 1-2pm EST
  • Wednesday, March 6th: 3-4pm EST
  • Tuesday, April 2nd: 2-3pm EST
Say it with "Got Content"!
Next News Digest Content Submission Deadline:
February 2019
Deadline: January 20, 2018 (Publish February 5)
Newsletter submissions should be sent to Laura Albrecht at  with NHCGNE News Digest Submission in the subject line.  
Positions Available!
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

Seek Treasure at ECU
The East Carolina University College of Nursing (ECUCON) seeks applicants for two full-time tenure track or tenured faculty positions at the assistant professor or higher level. The individuals will be responsible for developing robust research programs and contributing to teaching, predominately in graduate and doctoral programs. One position is focused on any of the following: cardiovascular disease, cancer, or palliative care. The other position is focused on use of big data to improve quality of care and outcomes. Both individual applicants and two person teams will be considered in filling these two positions. Startup funding is available commensurate with experience and preparation and a named professorship is available for a candidate at the full or associate professor level who demonstrates outstanding research and teaching.

Minimum Qualifications Include:
  • PhD, EdD, DSc, or equivalent
  • Eligibility for tenure-track or tenure at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level (Note: Those with clinical doctorates are tenure ineligible at this time)
  • Strong record of collaborative research and scholarship
  • Demonstrated success in teaching excellence
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • A valid unrestricted North Carolina registered nurse license is required upon employment

Click here for more information
Get Hooked at ECU
The East Carolina University College of Nursing seeks applicants for a fulltime tenure or tenure-track faculty position. Academic appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the applicants.

Minimum Qualifications Include:
  • Eligibility for tenure-track or tenure at the Assistant or Associate level.
  • A valid non-restricted North Carolina registered nurse license is required upon employment.
  • PhD in a related field and a graduate degree in nursing.
  • Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching excellence.
  • Evidence of a strong research trajectory.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills.

Click here for more information
Its Turtle Time!
Adult or Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (Part-time)
This is a part-time position (three days per week) for an adult/geriatric primary care nurse practitioner who can manage the care of the older adult patient in all three levels of care at Roland Park Place, a continuing care retirement community in Baltimore, Maryland: independent living and assisted living through an ambulatory clinic, and long term care/sub-acute rehabilitation. 

The nurse practitioner is responsible to see patients for routine visits and for any acute changes, as needed. He/she is expected to communicate patient changes and treatments to the two physicians on staff or to the patients’ outside primary care provider. Additionally, the nurse practitioner will be expected to complete pre-op history and physical examinations for patients requiring a surgical procedure. The nurse practitioner will also coordinate care with the nursing staff, analyze laboratory and diagnostic testing results, prescribe appropriate medications, and communicate with the patients’ families as needed. He/she will serve as a resource to the patients, nurses, and staff of Roland Park Place.   

  •  Graduate of an Adult and/or Geriatric primary care nurse practitioner program with current, active certification to practice.
  • A valid nursing license for the state of Maryland
  • Experience- Geriatric experience preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work with a team

Feel free to contact Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP for additional information or for question at or her cell at 443 812 2735
Join the Pack at Loyola U. Chicago
Non-tenure track Assistant Professor or higher
Director, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Duties and Responsibilities
Teaching :
  • Teaching primarily at the graduate level in advanced practice courses
  • Teaching primarily in an online format
  • Supervising AGNP students in practicum experiences
  • Acts as Academic Advisor to students in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care graduate track of the MSN program
  • Develops each student’s program plan, and monitors the academic progress and standing of students.
  • Serves as a mentor to students in the adult gerontology program.
  • Demonstrates a proven track record of effective teaching with use of a variety of innovative teaching techniques to promote critical thinking and achieve course outcomes. Use of transformative education techniques of instruction.
  • Demonstrates one's thoughtfully developed philosophy of and pedagogy toward teaching.

  • Supports the research/scholarly mission of the School and/or University.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully conduct research/scholarly projects.
  • Disseminates research/scholarship to students through teaching, and publication of clinically or educationally based journal articles and presentations
  • Mentors students in completion of scholarly projects

  • Actively serves as a member of MNSON committees and/or task forces.
  • Participates in University and SON activities.
  • Participates in community outreach activities that promote health. 
  • Attends MNSON and University events.
  • Attends and assists at conferences or workshops involving MNSON or University at local level.
  • Maintains availability to students for coaching and mentoring. 
  • Participates in professional organizations relevant to Adult Gerontology Advanced Practice
  • Maintains Adult Gerontology Primary Care clinical practice as a component of role

Review of applications will begin in March, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2018. Applicants are asked to submit (1) a letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) copy of the doctoral degree transcript, (4) RN and APRN licenses, and (5) the names and contact information of three individuals prepared to provide professional references.

Direct applications to:  . Make inquiries to: Dr. Camilla (Katie) Clarke, Chair, Search Committee, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, IL, 60153.  
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.