New Directions | November 2018
A Gerontological Nursing Publication
Letter From The President - Elect
I am extremely honored to be assuming the duties of the presidency of NHCGNE this November. As a member of the first cohort of Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) post-doctoral scholars in 2001, I am excited to continue the legacy of the Hartford Foundation’s original investment in building gerontological nursing excellence in education, research, policy and practice.

This is an exciting time to be a gerontological nurse and to know that we have the expertise to influence improvements in care for older adults both nationally internationally through our organization. 
As we move into 2019, we look to build our membership, continue to offer a premier Leadership Conference, build our ability to mentor our members, and continue to offer much needed recognition for expertise in gerontological nursing education through our newly launched recognition program for Distinguished Gerontological Nurse Educators. We also aim to continue to develop innovative ways to extend our NHCGNE vision to promote optimal health and quality of life for older adults, both nationally and internationally.  I hope to see you at the Leadership Conference in Boston—please stop me and let me know about your future vision for NHCGNE.
Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC, FGSA, FAAN
President-Elect, NHCGNE
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing is proud to be celebrating its 70 th Anniversary in 2019. Established in 1949, we currently enroll over 600 students at the Bachelors, Master’s entry and advance-practice and Doctoral level. Our newly established DNP program is scheduled for a Fall 2018 entry. 

UCLA has been known for its expertise in geriatrics and gerontological nursing. At the school of nursing we have many gero-focused activities starting with our Center for the Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Science (AGNS), which sponsors quarterly research focused presentations, opportunities to be involved in research and a relationship with Belmont Assisted Living Center in Westwood. At Belmont one of the fun and innovative activities is a “movie night”, discussion and dinner with the residents and nursing students. The movie must have an older adults focus and as the residents insist—must have a positive (versus stereotypic) view of aging! We have found that this stimulates interest among the students to pursue working with older adults upon graduation.
UCLA Nursing
We are also involved in research collaborations focusing on aging. Dr. Mary Cadogan is Co-Investigator on the SLUMBER project (Improving Sleep Using Mentored Behavioral and Environmental Restructuring). This is a 4 year NINR R01 grant in partnership with colleagues from NYU Schools of Medicine and Nursing and UCLA School of Medicine. The project is a stepped wedge randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a non-pharmacological, multi-modal intervention focused on resident specific and environmental factors to improve sleep and decrease symptoms related to sleep disturbance among older adults in skilled nursing facilities.

Drs. Janet Mentes, Linda Phillips and Ebere Ume are PIs on a UCLA-Charles Drew University (CDU) Bridges to the Doctorate Program supported by a R25 NIGMS grant. The major aim of the program is to increase the diversity of nursing scientists who wish to conduct research in aging, by mentoring Entry Level Master’s students at CDU prior to having them apply to and bridge into the PhD program at UCLA. As anticipated, the students are focusing on diverse topics for research in older ethnic adults—ranging from the effect of work and family expectations on diabetes management in older Latinas, to sociocultural issues affecting preventive health and cancer screening among Afghan refugee women to the impact of social media use on mood of older adults. Since 2012, we have successfully bridged 16 students and two have graduated with their PhD. With continued support from both CDU and UCLA, we are working towards a self-sustaining bridges program after funding is completed.
One of our emerging nurse scientists is Dr. Benissa Salem, who has studied frailty in middle-aged and older homeless women. She is currently developing innovative strategies to help older homeless women cope with the stresses of homelessness. We are also pleased to welcome Dr. Yeonsu Song to our faculty starting academic year 2018-19. Her area of expertise is sleep with a special focus on sleep disruptions among older adults and their caregivers. She is currently supported by funding from the National Institute of Aging for a K23 award, “A dyadic sleep intervention for Alzheimer’s Disease patients and their caregivers”.
Join Gerontological Nursing Leaders From Around the World on November 13-14 in Boston MA
for NHCGNE's Annual Leadership Conference
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:
The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Communicate and disseminate advances in the multi-disciplinary knowledge of aging, diversity, and caregiving for Persons with Dementia (PWD) to the research community.

  • Increase collaboration between senior and junior scholars studying interventions for caregivers of PWDs and those with other disabling conditions related to aging.

  • Enhance research collaboration among junior and senior researchers on the topic of caregiving.

  • Supplement clinician knowledge on diverse caregiving needs and resources.

  • Communicate and disseminate knowledge on technology to enhance family care for PWD and others with disabling conditions related to aging.

  • Develop leadership skills to influence research, education, practice and policy in aging, caregiving and care for PWD.
Continuing Education
Continuing Education Will Be Offered - 23 Hours for Nurses
Cost: $25
Purchase now, or sign up in Boston
NURSES : This education activity will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for approval of up to 23 contact hours of accredited education.
PHYSICIANS : Application for CME credit will be submitted to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Featured Keynote - The Norman Volk Discourse
The Norman Volk Discourse is our most innovative and futuristic session. Be in the room when Dr. Vincent Mor and Dr. Laura Gitlin speak to us about Innovating the Next Generation of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Care Interventions: Addressing the needs of Persons Living with Dementias, Caregivers, and Care Providers...Plus a Word from NAPA 2018.
Laura Gitlin, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and Dean College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Chair, Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.

Vincent Mor , MD, Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice Florence Pirce Grant University Health Professor, Brown University 

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. 
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. It's not a bad walk, but we will have a shuttle running between the Sheraton and Northeastern once in the morning and once in the afternoon.   

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
2018 NHCGNE Geropsychiatric Nursing
Collaborative Breakfast
Date: Friday, November 16th
Time: 8:00 am -10:00 am
120 Huntington Ave
 Boston, MA
Cost: $45 Includes breakfast buffet & gratuity
Cost: $35 for students
Activities include: Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative Vision and Future, Report from workgroups and Think Tank findings from 2017 NHCGNE Leadership Conference.
The Membership Committee Needs Your Help!
Prospective Schools
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.
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! -- NEED NEW ONE
NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles on nursing for you! 

It is frequently claimed that nursing is vital to the safe, humane provision of health care and health service to our populations. It is also recognized however, that nursing is a costly health care resource that must be used effectively and efficiently. There is a growing recognition, from within the nursing profession, health care policy makers and society, of the need to analyse the contribution of nursing to health care and its costs. This becomes increasingly pertinent and urgent in a situation, such as that existing in Ireland, where the current financial crisis has lead to public sector employment moratoria, staff cuts and staffing deficits, combined with increased patient expectation, escalating health care costs, and a health care system restructuring and reform agenda. Such factors, increasingly common internationally, make the identification and effective use of the nursing contribution to health care an issue of international importance. This paper seeks to explore the nature of nursing and the function of the nurse within a 21st century health care system, with a focus on the Irish context. However, this analysis fits into and is relevant to the international context and discussion regarding the nursing workforce. This paper uses recent empirical studies exploring the domains of activity and focus of nursing, together with nurses perceptions of their role and work environment, in order to connect those findings with core conceptual questions about the nature and function of nursing.

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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.

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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
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.