New Directions | July 2018
A Gerontological Nursing Publication
Dear NHCGNE Members,

Great news! NHCGNE is partnering with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to help them improve their training of nurse managers at some of their Community Living Centers (CLC) around the country. The purpose of the partnership is for NHCGNE to use the knowledge and expertise of its members to help provide gero and leadership training to the nurses in these centers who are primarily trained in acute care. It’s going to be a big project and we are most excited about it!
To help us in this endeavor, we applied for a grant with the RECALL Foundation. This week, we learned that the RECALL proposal NHCGNE submitted to carry out our VA Nurse Management Program was funded for $91,850! NHGNE Board member Dr. Ann Kolanowski, Professor, Penn State School of Nursing and VA Director of the Center of Innovation on Long-Term Services, Jim Rudolph are the PIs on the grant. 
This is a big opportunity for NHCGNE and I want to thank the team that was so instrumental in successfully submitting the proposal: Ann Kolanowski, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Penn State, for finding the grant and spear-heading the effort the submit it, Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Loyola Univ. of Chicago and the NHCGNE Education Committee members who helped put it together, NHCGNE Executive Director Kammy Brown, PhD, MBA who submitted the final work and others I am sure I left off. We will keep you updated as to progress and will have a presentation at our annual meeting in Boston in November. Best of all, the materials prepared will be the property of the NHCGNE. This will enable the NHCGNE to use the materials as we develop products and services that are becoming an important line item for sustainability. Kudos to all!!!
It feels good to share such wonderful news!
Claudia J. Beverly PhD, RN, FAAN
President, NHCGNE
A Day for Family - Independence Day and Alzheimer's Disease 
Independence Day is a great day for families to be together. Many commemorate the day with barbecues, outdoor activities and, of course, fireworks. Many cities hold large firework shows to the delight of residents young and old. However, fireworks can be especially challenging for our family members with neurological and cognitive disorders (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson's disease) . As health care professionals/gerontological nurses, we need to remember to share with our families and clients/patients how loud celebratory activities can be challenging for family members living with neurological and cognitive disorders. The loud noises and large crowds can lead to heightened anxiety and agitation. It is important that all of our family members are able to enjoy the festivities in a relaxing environment. 

Central to our mission of optimal health and quality of life for older adults, slight celebration alterations will allow older adults to participate in the all of the family activities while mitigating undue distress.   Consider attending fireworks shows with smaller crowds to reduce social anxiety. Smaller fireworks shows may have less noise and thus reduce potential agitation. Another alternative is to simply watch the festivities on TV from home. It is a familiar environment for those with neurological disorders. Independence Day is a time for families to come together. These helpful tips can insure fun times and lifelong memories for the entire family.
Kammy Brown PhD, MBA, FNP-BC
NHCGNE Executive Director
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) College of Nursing is a nationally-recognized leader in the education of highly-skilled, visionary nurses. The College was established in July 1971 in response to a long-recognized and well-established need for nurses prepared at the collegiate level in the state of Tennessee. The faculty of the College is committed to the delivery of high quality academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the discovery and dissemination of knowledge through research and other scholarly activities, the provision of service to the community, and the promotion of the profession of nursing. Specifically, the unique mission of the UTK College of Nursing is to serve as a catalyst for optimizing health through nurse-led care by integrating education, practice, research, and technology. The CON defines health broadly and has an impact on health by addressing policy and social issues through advocacy and leadership. Fueled by a commitment to communities, families, and individuals, the faculty of the College seek partnerships to create innovative solutions that improve health for all. Key gerontological nursing faculty within the College include Karen M. Rose, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, the McMahan-McKinley Professor of Gerontology; Associate Professor Joel G. Anderson, PhD, CHTP, FGSA; Associate Professor Susan McLennon, PhD, ANP-BC; Associate Professor Sandra Mixer, PhD, RN, CTN-A; Assistant Professor Samereh Abdoli, PhD, RN; and Assistant Professor Kimberly Powell, PhD, RN. Additionally, Dr. Ruth Palan Lopez will be joining the faculty in the College in fall 2018.
The College leverages numerous university and community partnerships to promote gerontological nursing research, education, and practice. For example, the College of Nursing Health Innovation Technology and Simulation (HITS) lab, co-directed by Tami Wyatt, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN, the Torchbearer Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of Research within the College of Nursing, and Xueping Li, PhD, Associate Professor in the Tickle College of Engineering, is shaping the future of health care through a unique, immersive environment and research and development. Existing collaborative partnerships among the gerontological nursing faculty include ongoing research projects with faculty in the Tickle College of Engineering, as well as the Neuroscience Network of East Tennessee (NeuroNET) Research Center and the Pat Summitt Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The NeuroNET Research Center comprises more than 100 members whose research spans broad areas of neuroscience. The Pat Summitt Clinic provides timely, comprehensive, and compassionate care to East Tennesseans faced with cognitive disorders from an experienced, multi-disciplinary team. Drs. Rose, Anderson, McLennon, and Powell have been instrumental is developing a care coordination program within the Pat Summitt Clinic to support family care in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Community partners include the Mid-South Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Knox County Office on Aging. 
There are several ongoing projects and recent awards received by gerontological nursing faculty at the College. Dr. Abdoli recently received several community engagement awards to examine the relationship between diabetes self-management and dementia. These grant awards include Drs. Rose and Anderson, as well as the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Mixer recently received funding from the Healthcare Research Services Administration for her project to transform RN roles in community-based integrated primary care through academic practice partnerships. The clinical sites for the project are all part of a Federally Qualified Health Center, and each clinic is located in a rural, underserved, and HPSA-designated county. Dr. Rose received a FUSION award from the UTK Office of Research Engagement in collaboration with the Tickle College of Engineering and the Pat Summitt Clinic for a proof-of-concept study involving objective measures of cognitive function in caregivers of persons with dementia. Dr. Lopez recently received funding for her collaborative R01 titled “ADVANCE: Assessment of Disparities and Variation for Alzheimer's disease in Nursing home Care at End of Life.” Dr. McLennon will be working with her on this study.
In January 2018, Dr. Powell was awarded a post-doctoral appointment with the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. As part of her post-doctoral appointment she works on a grant funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to examine information technology adoption in nursing homes and the impact of technology on quality measures. Dr. McLennon recently returned from the School of Nursing at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, with a group of undergraduate nursing students who attended the International Summer Program. The program included a group of about 60 international nursing students, learned about the importance of the effect of illness on the whole family, including family focused palliative care for dementia and other chronic conditions. Drs. McLennon and Rose are working with Dr. Anderson on his ongoing analysis of social media data and use by caregivers of persons with dementia. Additionally, Dr. Anderson is collaborating with Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH, at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing on research involving LGBTQ+ older adults and caregivers.
Encouraging students to become leaders and scholars in all aspects of gerontological nursing research and practice are goals of our Hartford Center. As such, undergraduate and graduate students are engaged in a multitude of projects that are focused in the area of gerontological nursing. For example, students are exploring end-of-life decision making in late stage dementia, identifying how “family caregivers” are operationalized in dementia family caregiving research, analyzing social media data for themes related to social isolation and culture in family caregiving, and examining aspects of stigma in mild cognitive impairment.
NHCGNE's Annual Leadership Conference Is Coming to Boston!
It's time to sign up for the 2018 NHCGNE Leadership Conference. This year we are excited to announce that the meeting will take place at an NHCGNE member's campus -   Northeastern University . This will mark the first time that we are hosting this event at a member site, and we couldn't be more excited.

The number of individuals in the world who are over the age of 65 is growing astronomically and is projected to double by 2050. Older adults represent 13% of the current world population. We need to make sure that there are systems in place to ensure that they are allowed to age with dignity and with support. Appropriately, the curricula presented at t he 2018 NHCGNE Leadership Conference will center around our theme:
Thriving Together As We Age: Older Adults and their Caregivers
The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Broaden the discourse on aging, diversity and formal and informal caregiving for Persons with Dementia (PWD) and other disabling conditions related to aging.

  • Explore ways in which healthcare system innovation can support family caregiving for PWD and other disabling conditions related to aging.

  • Explore how technology can enhance family care for PWD and other disabling conditions related to aging.
Need More Convincing? Here are Four Good Reasons YOU Need to Attend!
  • NHCGNE's Leadership Conference attendees are a virtual "who's who" of gerontological nursing. The biggest names in gerontological nursing will be joining us, and you will have access to them in a personal setting; You will hear first hand about the research that is going on now and find out how you can implement it into practice.

  • The Leadership Conference gives you a chance to meet more professionals in geriatrics, and in related fields, who you can stay connected with and possibly collaborate with in the future. It's not just nurses; NHCGNEs Leadership= Conference is interprofessional in nature, with social workers, psychologists, doctors and more as speakers and attendees. There is real opportunity for collaboration.

  • You will hear first hand about the research that is going on now and find out how you can implement it into practice

  • This year is especially exciting because NHCGNE member, Northeastern University, is hosting the conference. We will be at the university in their classrooms and enjoying their state of the art facilities. One of the exciting benefits is that we will be able to record sessions, so if you are having difficulty choosing between breakouts, know that you will be able to get access to the sessions after the conference is over. 
We encourage you to register soon and join us November 13-14 in Boston, MA. We have special Early Bird Discount pricing available through August 13th. As always NHCGNE members are entitled to two complimentary registrations and will have unlimited access to recorded sessions at the conference.

Please note that registration costs for the NHCGNE Leadership Conference are among the lowest for events and peer networking of this caliber. As always, NHCGNE member schools will enjoy two registrations as a member benefit.
Hotel Information
Note that the conference immediately precedes  GSA's Annual Conference  at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA. If you are attending the GSA conference, we encourage you to reserve rooms using their room block and request to be at the Sheraton Boston. Northeastern University is just over 1/2 mile from the hotel. It's not a bad walk, but we will have a shuttle running between the Sheraton and Northeastern all day.  Hotel reservations will open at the end of June. 

If you are not attending GSA's conference. We recommend the following hotels
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199

120 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116

47 Huntington Ave., Boston MA 02116

While the Sheraton is only two city blocks from Northeastern, we will have a shuttle bus running between the Sheraton and Northeastern for attendees throughout the conference.
Student Travel Awards

The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) announces a call for nominations for the 2018 NHCGNE Leadership Conference Student Travel Awards. The purpose of these awards is to support travel to the NHCGNE Leadership Conference 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.
  • Doctoral student enrolled in an NHCGNE member school.
  • Currently in the first, second or third year of doctoral studies (PhD or DNP).
  • Potential to promote gerontological nursing excellence in future research or clinical activities. 

Application demonstrates: 
  • Compelling interest in attending the 2018 Leadership Conference
  • Progress in academic career
  • Has additional funding to support travel to the Leadership Conference

Process of Application, Selection, and Delivery: 
Self-nominations will be submitted to the NHCGNE via email with the following three attachments:

  1. Personal statement from student describing research interests, career ambitions, and how attendance at the conference will enhance career development (500 words or less).
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. 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.

A completed nomination package in PDF format should be submitted email to Julie Utano at  no later than August 31st, 2018.
  • 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 13, 2018. 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 2018 Leadership conference by October 12, 2018.
Presenters are required to pay a $25.00 Abstract Processing Fee and the registration fee for the conference and assume all arrangements and costs related to producing and transporting their poster. Presenters will mount their posters on bulletin boards by noon and must be present to discuss their poster during the 5:30 - 7 PM Poster Session & Reception on November 13, 2018. Notification of acceptance, with specific instructions, will be mailed by August 30, 2018.
Directions for submission of Posters:
  • Abstracts should be submitted via the NHCGNE website by JULY 15th
  • This will include the following information:
  • The person submitting the abstracts name
  • Contact information including mailing address, email and phone number
  • Employing institution
  • The abstract should be single spaced on 8 1/2 by 11 paper with one (1) inch margins, no less than 10 point Arial font and limited to 350 words or less.
  • This should be uploaded as either a PDF or DOC.

Innovation Award
The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) announces a call for nominations for the 2018 NHCGNE Innovation Award. The purpose of the award is to highlight the innovative ways in which NHCGNE members are advancing the care of older adults and highlight the impact of NCHGNE members leading quality nursing care for older adults.

The NHCGNE 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.
  • NHCGNE member;
  • Gerontological nurse;
  • Recognizes work completed within the previous 3-year-period related to innovation in science, research, education or practice.

The innovation demonstrates: 
  • Compelling creativity; 
  • A new, unique idea or a variation in an existing concept; 
  • A significant impact on the quality of nursing care of older persons; 
  • An improvement in healthcare delivery quality, efficiency, or cost effectiveness; 
  • Collaboration, teamwork, and cooperation between disciplines, institutions, or organizations. 

Process of Application, Selection, and 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 and submitted online or via email to Julie Utano at no later than August 31st, 2018
  • A panel of representatives from the NHCGNE will review the application package of all nominations;
  • An engraved plaque and $250 cash award will be presented to the awardee during the NHCGNE Breakfast Business Meeting on the morning of November 13, 2018. The applicant must commit to attending the Lecture to win. 
  • After receiving notice of the award, the awardee must notify the NHCGNE to confirm attendance to the 2018 Leadership conference by October 12, 2018.
NEW! Distinguished Educator in
Gerontological Nursing Program!
The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence certificate of recognition for excellence as a gerontological nursing educator. Recipients of this certification will have proven experience as an educator and leader in the field of gerontological nursing. Once you complete eligibility requirements, submit the required materials and they will be reviewed and verified by an expert panel of gerontological nurse educators. Once everything is verified, you will be awarded the Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Award which can be added to your signature line and onto your CV.

This credential is valid for 5 years. You can continue to use this credential by maintaining your status as an educator in gerontological nursing at the time of your certification renewal. 
  • Masters or higher degree in nursing
  • Post-baccalaureate academic education in gerontological nursing or related professional development programs
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in gerontological nursing education
  • Active engagement at the time of application in gerontological/geriatric nursing education which could include, but is not limited to:
  • Teaching aging or gerontological/geriatric nursing content/courses
  • Curriculum development in gerontological nursing or interprofessional geriatric care
  • Clinical, laboratory, or simulation instruction in gerontological nursing or geriatric care
  • Administrator or coordinator of aging studies, gerontological nursing education, or interprofessional geriatric education programs
  • Providing professional development in gerontological nursing and/or interprofessional geriatric care
  • Providing community education in aging or gerontological/geriatric content

The Certificate of Recognition for Excellence as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing is awarded with approval by the NHCGNE Board of Directors or designee.
To be considered for the certificate of recognition, an applicant must:
  1. Submit curriculum vitae.
  2. Completed application form that demonstrates accrual of 30 points as defined in the application:
  3. Complete only the items that apply.
  4. Do not list identical items in multiple categories.

Submit documentation to NHCGNE at or via mail to: 
ATTN: Julie Utano
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive #350
Reston, VA 20191 
Applications are being accepted until July 31, 2018.

Recipients will be notified by September 30, 2018 and awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the 2018 NHCGNE Leadership Conference in Boston, MA November 13-14, 2018.

Click  here  to apply. Questions? Contact us at .
Advance your Career and Build Grant Writing Skills with Nationally Recognized Researchers
The 21st annual Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Summer Research Scholars program is a week-long interprofessional intensive, summer seminar to help junior and mid-level researchers advance their career and build grant writing skills.

This program is an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized geriatric researchers. Scholars engage in scientific discourse and critical analysis of research aims, significance and innovation through small group discussions with expert interprofessional faculty. There are also daily opportunities for one on one and small group mentorships.

Visit  for more information.
Have you checked out our NHCGNE Resource page on the website? We’ve have provided a variety of gerontological resources all in one place for you!
We have links to a list of helpful organizations, featured resources, gerontological education tools, best practices and more.  Check it out here . Have a resource you’d like to share? Email us at so we can share it with our community.
Additionally, if you login you can access the members-only section where we have our leadership webinar series replays available. Topics include:

  • Influence: The Understated Power-Play in Academic Nursing
  • Bridging the Research and Evidence-Based Practice Gap: Changing Role of the Nurse Scientist
  • Leveraging Your Leadership in the Space that You are In

Need login credentials? Email us at , logins are available for faculty and students from member schools and Legacy Affiliates.

Not a member? We would be happy to send you information! Email us at  or give us a call at 703.234.4050
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. 

NYU Post Doc Opportunity
One  post-doctoral research fellow  position is open at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. This individual with work with the team of Dr. Bei Wu, Dean’s Professor in Global Health, Co-Director at NYU Aging Incubator.

Job responsibilities:
The successful candidate will work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team on population-based projects pertaining to aging and global health. There are opportunities for presentations, authorship of research manuscripts, mentorship support, and career development arising from this work. The research includes both epidemiology and intervention studies.
For more information -  click here
2019 LHE Fellowship Call for Applications
The Leaders for Health Equity (LHE) Fellowship program is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications. The aim of the fellowship is to develop leaders who understand the foundations of health inequity and have the knowledge, skills, and courage to build more equitable health systems and organizations. 

LHE is a one year fellowship opportunity designed for early to mid-career professionals who are currently engaged in health sector work including, but not limited to, academia, government, healthcare delivery, business, research, and media. The program will select twenty U.s. and global fellows. 

We invite you to forward this information or apply yourself.  The application deadline is August 1, 2018.  For those with an organizational newsletter, please consider sharing a brief announcement about the program (see text below).

Please feel free to contact us with any inquiries.  

For Newsletters, Listservs, etc.
Leaders for Health Equity is a fellowship program offered by the George Washington University through the generosity of the Atlantic Philanthropies. The call for applications is now open through August 1, 2018. Please visit  for more information.
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.

2018 Dates: October 18
2019 Dates: February 7 | June 13 | October 17
For more information on TigerPlace  click here
2018 Healthy Aging Summit
When: July 16-17, 2018
Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel | 2500 Calvert Street NW | Washington, DC 20008
Registration:  Click Here for Pricing

Now is the time to examine the critical factors that contribute to healthy aging and empower the next generation of older adults. In 2015, the U.S. population included an estimated 47.8 million people age 65 and older. By 2060, people in this age group will comprise nearly one in four U.S. residents. The growth of this population is one of the most significant shifts in demographic trends in the history of our country, with an influx of baby boomers —people born between 1946 and 1964—making this age group the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. The Summit will focus on keeping Americans healthy as they transition into older adulthood and maximizing the health of all older adults through prevention strategies like encouraging healthy lifestyles, planning for aging, improving the use of preventive services, and much more.

Using social determinants of health to focus on healthy aging. What contributes to longer and healthier lives throughout older adulthood? The Summit will highlight interventions, services, supports, and strategies that optimize health and prevent, avert, or delay entry into the healthcare system. Greater understanding of the social, environmental, emotional, and other factors that influence health in the later years of life redefines how we approach aging and can reduce healthcare costs to individuals, families, caregivers, systems, and communities.

Your work is part of this collective effort. The 2018 Healthy Aging Summit seeks broad participation by subject matter experts from diverse disciplines, provider types, and the public-private sectors. We want to learn from subject matter experts first-hand what is working across important areas such as healthcare, transportation, built environment, housing, law and policy, and faith-based partnerships.
Whether you are a provider, healthcare consumer, health official, educator, student, caregiver, or older adult, your involvement at this Summit will help to ensure that Americans of all ages live longer, healthier, happier lives.

The 2018 Healthy Aging Summit goals are to:
  1. Explore the science on healthy aging;
  2. Identify knowledge gaps;
  3. Promote prevention; and
  4. Support people aging in place and in their community.
Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum, in Toronto
October 2018
The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Huffman Splane Emerging Scholars Forum supports early career development and international networking of emerging nursing scholars who are embarking on a research focused career. The Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum is supported by a generous endowment from Dr. Verna Huffman Splane, a pioneer in nursing in Canada who held a deep conviction that nurses should be taught that they are part of a global profession. Bloomberg Nursing is widely recognized as a research-intensive environment that promotes education and scholarship in nursing.
Selected through a peer review application process, participants will be invited to present their doctoral/postdoctoral research to peers and faculty. Preference will be given to applicants whose research and academic interests focus on public health (the health of individuals, groups or populations), health systems and/or improvement of care/outcomes.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with nurse researchers who have established successful careers in nursing science. During the Forum, Bloomberg faculty will lead discussion sessions and speak on the successful development of an academic career.
Applications are invited from Canadian, American and international Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners who are near completion or have recently completed a PhD in nursing; or who currently hold or have completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the past year. 

For more information -  click here.
The Impact of Geriatric Academic Career Awards
A Blog By: Paul Tatum III, MD, MSPH

When I think of what it takes to build a better workforce to care for older adults across all of the US, the thing that comes to mind is that we need master educators who are geriatricians. These master educators will teach physicians (generalists and specialists), nurses, social workers, direct care workers, and patients and their caregivers how to provide care for older adults at both a system level as well as at the individual patient encounter. How will we ever teach all providers these skills if we don’t have specially trained teachers?

A key policy element for better care of older adults, therefore, is the restoration of the Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA). The GACA is a five-year career award that allows junior faculty the opportunity to dedicate a large portion of their time to developing pedagogical and leadership skills to become influential clinician educators.
As a past recipient of the Geriatric Academic Career Award, I can speak firsthand to the importance of an academic career award. The GACA made all the difference in my career, and I know a number of other former awardees who would say the same. But don’t just take my word for it, you can see others speak to the importance of the GACA  here  in a series of video testimonials from former awardees.
And let’s look at the evidence:
In the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,  Dr. Kevin Foley of Michigan State and colleagues   analyzed the impact of GACA awards. GACA awardees were highly positive about the impact of the award. Ninety-six percent stated that GACA support for education and academic development and leadership was critical to academic success. Most were successful in their projects and went on to academic promotion. They estimate that 102 GACA recipients reached a minimum of 40,000 learners and possibly more than 60,000.

The disruption of GACA funding in the midst of the fellowship led to half the group leaving the practice of academic medicine. In fact, at my own institution, one geriatrician hoped to receive a geriatric career award, but when the GACA was dropped she actually left geriatric medicine.

So how did the GACA impact me personally?
I would say it offered me three things:
  1. Flexibility: The career award allowed me to use dedicated time to focus on development of teaching skills. Without funding, this would not have been possible. I would have been pressured to use that time for revenue-producing activities.
  2. Formal pedagogical and leadership training: By being freed up with the award, I was able to pursue training to become a better educator. As someone who had been in private practice for 6 years before starting my academic career, I found this support to be essential to my development. I also attended a quality improvement training with Dr. Brent James – a founder in that field which helped me advance into national leadership.
  3. Mentorship: The GACA allowed me to create a national network of peer mentors who to this day help me with solving problems. I get consults from San Francisco, Denver, Birmingham and elsewhere around the country for problems I encounter. They make my work better!

And the result? The GACA allowed me to develop curricula to train family physicians, internists and hospitalists to deliver better care transitions for patients with serious illness. It allowed me to have an impact in my institution to teach every graduating medical student and redesign curriula to teach basic geriatrics and palliative care skills. For my institution this is especially important because we train the majority of physicians who will practice in rural areas in our state.

Check Out This Great Read!
NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles on nursing for you! 

What is the best approach to nurse leadership – if there is such a thing? What evidence is there on the effectiveness of different leadership styles? Despite overwhelming interest in leadership within the profession, there is surprisingly little evidence about what actually works, and much of the narrative is based on received wisdom or personal experience. 

Researching leadership is challenging, as there is no direct link between the actions of leaders and their outcomes. Instead, leadership is one of a number of factors that make up the context in which groups of people work. This complexity means there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to what makes good leadership in nursing.

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Positions Available!
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.

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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.  
in the Science Department
This is a tenure-track, 12-month, full-time faculty position. The candidate will assume teaching responsibilities within the graduate programs and pursue a program of funded research. Research-focused doctorate, demonstration of scholarly activities, and evidence of a program of research required. Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
For more information about positions at UAMS College of Nursing, visit our webpage: or contact Patricia Cowan, Dean of the College of Nursing at or phone at 501-686-8493.
Assistant/Associate Professor in the Practice Department (Adult-Gerontology Specialty)
This is a 12-month, full-time faculty position with the option for non-tenure or tenure-track. The candidate will assume teaching responsibilities within the DNP and MNSc Adult-Gerontology Primary Care specialty programs and engage in the practice and scholarship missions of the College of Nursing. APRN licensure with certification in adult-gerontology required. Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
For more information about positions at UAMS College of Nursing, visit our webpage: or contact Patricia Cowan, Dean of the College of Nursing at or phone at 501-686-8493.
Clinical Assistant Professor
The Solomont School of Nursing at UMass Lowell seeks a full time clinical-track faculty at the rank of clinical assistant professor and we invite individuals with advanced practice nursing licensure/certification and clinical expertise in all nursing specialty areas to apply.

The clinical faculty member will teach graduate and undergraduate nursing courses, laboratories, simulations labs and clinical practica; coordinate practicum courses; and participate in school, college and university committees and events. Candidates should be prepared to undertake a variety of teaching assignments.

Donna Manning Endowed Chair for Nursing
The UMass Lowell Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing is seeking an outstanding leader and researcher for the tenure-track position of the Donna Manning Endowed Faculty Chair for Nursing at rank of Professor. The Endowed Faculty Chair will lead research and mentor faculty in the Solomont School of Nursing. Faculty research at the Solomont School of Nursing is focused on health promotion and health disparities research.

Current faculty research includes: occupational health; workforce diversity; nursing education; global health; and gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing.

Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
The School of Nursing in the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences seeks an experienced and visionary individual to become the Director of our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with an 11-month, non-tenure –track faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor.  

Responsibilities include oversight and evaluation of the DNP program, including coordination of student recruitment, admission, and advisement, and working with the Clinical Coordinator to ensure optimal clinical learning experiences. The position also involves some teaching assignments. Qualifications include an earned doctorate in Nursing, certification as an advanced practice registered nurse practitioner in family practice, adult health-gerontology or psychiatric-mental health and at least 3 years’ teaching experience in a DNP program. U.S. RN licensure with Delaware licensure eligibility is required and skill in on-line education is a plus. 

Life's a Beach at U. Dealware
The School of Nursing in the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences seeks experienced, innovative and highly motivated individuals for 9-month, full time faculty members. Desired clinical areas of expertise include adult health, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, pediatrics advanced practice, pediatrics or maternity/women’s health. Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in Delaware required.

Tenure Track: PhD prepared individual with a research focus that aligns with our areas of research excellence and who possesses research training, a publication record, and experience in the grant funding process. Doctoral candidates who provide evidence of a beginning program of research will be considered. Undergraduate and graduate teaching experience preferred. 

Continuing Non-Tenure Track: Individual with a PhD or DNP, with certification as an APRN highly desirable, and a record of successful teaching experience in postsecondary nursing programs preferred.  

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 New Directions Content Submission Deadline:
September 2018
Deadline: August 20, 2017 (Publish September 1)
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