New Directions | May 2020
A Gerontological Nursing Publication
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A Letter from the Executive Director
What an interesting and challenging time it is to be a nurse! Most years this month is filled with events to celebrate nurses in many settings. This year, with the stresses of clinical nursing care related to COVID-19 and social distancing continuing for the majority of us, our celebrations will have to be different.

We would like to encourage our members to be creative in their observations of Nurses Month in keeping with the four themes ANA has identified. During the first week the focus is on Self Care. Nurses are asked to focus on their mental health and physical well being. This would be a good time to do a self-assessment and initiate at least one thing that could improve your own health.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive urban-serving Carnegie classified very high research activity (R-1) institution located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex educating nearly 60,000 degree-seeking students globally. The College of Nursing and Health Innovation includes the College of Nursing and the Department of Kinesiology. The Department of Kinesiology offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in kinesiology and public health.

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation is a leader in education and research regarding the care of the older adult. Our Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner programs are growing, with approximately 900 students. A large portion of those students attend online, but the curriculum and many of the faculty are the same across all delivery formats. The College recognizes that skilled, evidence based, compassionate nursing care for older adults is a critical need and has made the education of nurses in gerontology focused programs a priority. We are designated as a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing and are accredited by CCNE...
Check Out This Great Read!
NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles about nursing for you! 

Providers dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak grapple with an influx of patients, shifting guidelines, and dwindling supplies of protective gear. They are worried for their safety and that of their families, yet they are inspired to keep serving patients.
Special Interest Group for International Engagement and Development
The Special Interest Group for International Engagement and Development has grown since the Leadership Conference in Austin, Texas, last year. We are proud to say that we have made clear progress. Not only do we have more members from different international regions (we
expanded from 4 to 17 members), but also we have one more core member (defined as a representative from an international member of NHCGNE). The latest international member joining our SIG-IED family is Kuei-Min Chen, representing the Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan). We have formed two different teams that will propose scientific sessions at (i) NHCGNE’s Leadership Conference 2020, and (ii) the 22nd World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2021, led by Martina Roes (Germany) and Catherine Van Son (United States), respectively. Just recently, our members have volunteered to support NHCGNE’s endeavour to develop a search engine that aims to connect researchers more easily with one another. Mimi Tse (Hong Kong SAR) will coordinate this team.

Our SIG is also eager to promote faculty exchanges among international members. In each of our bi-monthly meetings, members will take turns to present own profile and research. We believe stronger collaborations begin with a better understanding of each other’s scholarship development. Anyone will be welcomed to our group. Interested parties can email Claudia Lai or Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh
Coronavirus and Older Adults
Update Development of COVID - 19 Vaccines
Submitted by Dr. Ann Kriebel-Gasparro
NHCGNE, Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing
Providers dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak grapple with an influx of patients, shifting guidelines, and dwindling supplies of protective gear. They are worried for their safety and that of their families, yet they are inspired to keep serving patients.

Initial identification of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China was alerted by the ophthalmologist Li Wenliang in December, 2019 after reporting unusual cases of pneumonia. Believed to be linked with Wuhan seafood market, it has spread to more than 166 countries in the world, and declared a pandemic by the WHO, evolving from an epidemic to pandemic in just 45 days (Fauci, Lane, & Redfield, 2020). As of today, April 20, 2020 U.S. Covid-19 cases are 746,625 and reported deaths are 39,083. The actual numbers may be higher and are still rising (Center for Disease Control, 2020).
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation After Hospital Admission with COVID - 19
In normal times, the medical obligation to “first do no harm” applies to the actions of individual doctors on individual patients. During pandemics, the ethical imperatives shift: we must consider the safety of not only the individual patient but also the clinician and the population. Guidelines on attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the acute hospital setting for patients with covid-19 have produced conflict and moral discomfort because of differences of opinion about the balance of benefits and risks to both patients and staff.
Request for Applications for Pilot Grant Award &
Career Development Award Programs
The NIA IMPACT Collaboratory is excited to announce two new funding opportunities. We are reissuing the Pilot Grant Award and issuing a brand new Career Development Award. We would be grateful if you could widely disseminate the below ‘Request for Applications’ announcements within your organization and to your network. Please also consider applying yourself and encourage eligible faculty and mentees to apply.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about either of these award programs.
NIA IMPACT Collaboratory Pilot Grant Award RFA

Mandatory Letters of Intent due
May 29, 2020 at 5pm ET
The Collaboratory is soliciting letters of intent for several 1-year pilot awards for up to $175,000 in direct costs. The goal of these awards is to support pilot studies to generate the preliminary data necessary to design and conduct future full-scale embedded pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs) of non-pharmacologic interventions in health care systems for people living with AD/ADRD and/or their care partners. The mandatory letter of intent is due May 29, 2020.

Additional information can be found at the IMPACT Collaboratory's Pilot Grant Program webpage.
NIA IMPACT Collaboratory Career Development Award RFA

Full applications are due
July 15, 2020
The IMPACT Collaboratory will fund two to three, 2-year Career Development Awards (CDAs) to support the development of early-stage MD, PhD, or equivalent researchers who seek careers conducting embedded pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs) for people living with dementia and their care partners. CDAs provide support for up to $100,000 per year in direct costs and candidates are required to devote a minimum of 75% effort toward the goals of the CDA. The IMPACT Collaboratory will prioritize applications that address dementia care for people of all backgrounds and promote health equity.
Say it with "Got Content"!
Next New Directions Content Submission Deadline:
July 2020
Deadline: June 20, 2019 (Publish July 5)
Newsletter submissions should be sent to Laura Albrecht at  with 
NHCGNE New Directions Submission in the subject line.  
NHCGNE invites individuals not affiliated with an academic institution to apply for individual NHCGNE membership, allowing even more gerontological nursing professionals to join NHCGNE.

Access to Information and Research: Your membership gets you access to the latest information and research that will inform your approach to gerontological care while equipping you with evidence and data that so often is critical to decision-making within a healthcare environment.

Networking: As a member, you’ll join a distinguished group of professionals with a demonstrated commitment to your chosen field of specialty, a virtual “who’s who” of gerontological nursing. It’s a connection that will benefit you at all stages of your career with new ideas, career guidance/mentoring, and leadership opportunities. In short, your NHCGNE membership will say something significant about you.
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Scholarship Opportunites
University of Maryland Post Doc Opportunity
The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) invites applications for postdoctoral fellowship positions in these areas of research:
  • Community Engagement/Health Disparities
  • Geriatrics/Gerontology
  • Multiomics
  • Pain and Symptom Science

Funding is provided by UMSON and/or the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program and is a joint CTSA partnership between University of Maryland, Baltimore* and Johns Hopkins University.

*This program is a collaborative effort among University of Maryland, Baltimore Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work.
Univ. of Texas at Arlington Gero Scholarship Available!
The Department of Graduate Nursing, College of Nursing is pleased to announce a new full tuition scholarship program for eligible gerontology graduate students.

Scholarships for tuition for full-time graduate nursing students will be available beginning in the fall semester of 2019 through spring 2023 for interested and qualified students admitted to on-campus AG-ACNP, AG-PCNP, DNP, and PhD programs.
Scholarships will be awarded/applicants selected based on the following criteria:
  • Applicant must have a license to practice as a registered nurse in Texas or compact state.
  • Commitment to and a passion for excellence in the care of older adults.
  • Unconditional acceptance status at UTA.
  • Full time graduate enrollment of 9-10 SCH each long semester and 6 SCH in the summer semester at UTA.
  • Plans for a career devoted to the delivery of evidence based quality care to older adults or the education of nurses in the same.
Positions Available!
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of Utah
OHSU Faculty Position
The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing offers an exciting opportunity and a competitive start-up package for an accomplished research faculty colleague at the Associate or Full Professor rank to join our Ph.D. program in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The successful candidate for this position will have an active research program, demonstrate a sustained record of research productivity, and an enthusiasm for advancing the next generation of nursing scientists. Quantitative or qualitative scientists with a research program that aligns with one of our Signature Science areas or areas essential to nursing (e.g., education or implementation science) are preferred.

For Confidential Inquiries Contact
Cynthia Perry (, Search Committee Chair.
Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care
Position Summary: The University of Utah College of Nursing seeks an established, visionary scholar to fill the  Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care. The Endowed Chair is a 5-year tenure-line or career-line appointment, renewable upon successful review. Academic rank and salary for this full-time, 12-month appointment will be commensurate with qualifications.

Criteria: We seek a candidate who is a nationally recognized leader in end-of-life, palliative, and hospice care and whose accomplishments reflect excellence in teaching, delivering and/or coordinating clinical care, and conducting creative scholarship activities and/or research. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in nursing, and hold a current Registered Nurse (RN) or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license. The ideal candidate will have evidence of high impact publications or presentations and a sustained record of scholarly activities and/or research.
Application and Inquiries: Interested candidates can submit an online application, CV, research statement, and cover letter addressing the match with the Endowed Chair's focus at

Questions about the application may be directed to the faculty affairs manager, Cami Palo at The University of Utah Health Sciences Center (HSC) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University is undertaking a national search for an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

The successful candidate must champion inclusion, encourage interprofessional collaboration, and foster an environment of trust and respect. If you are a forward- thinking leader who models innovation and consensus-building, join us in our exciting initiative to develop leaders in a changing healthcare environment.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) is globally recognized for its leadership in nursing, education and research. Ranked among the best nursing schools, FPB produces dynamic thinkers through innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. Its NIH-funded research, along with a focus on nursing leadership and management, makes FPB the world's nurse leadership destination.
Apply with a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:
Carol M. Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7343
Professor & Endowed Chair - Gerontological Nursing
The College of Nursing and Health Innovation (“CONHI”) at the University of Texas at Arlington (“UTA”), seeks a faculty member who meets the qualifications for appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure to teach and conduct research-demonstrating leadership in gerontological nursing education. We seek a faculty member with outstanding qualifications who shares the University’s core values of high standards of excellence in innovative and collaborative research, combined with fostering an open and inclusive environment that promotes participation of underrepresented groups in research.

The College of Nursing is particularly interested in recruiting a senior nurse scientist who can make a significant contribution to the college’s overarching theme of programming and research in health and disease across the lifespan, with a focus on advancing health and the human condition through excellence in Gerontological nursing.

The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of nursing and healthcare needs of older adults. Relevant research backgrounds will include expertise in clinical and/or outcome research important to advancing the health and quality of life of older adults. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their teaching, research and service. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate a well-established program of research supported by external funded research that informs the health, care and/or quality of life of older adults.
Clinician Educator
Unique clinical faculty positions now available
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing seeks visionary master’s-degree or doctorally prepared physician assistants and nurse practitioners to join our faculty and provide clinical care as well as hands-on education. These clinical educators play a hands-on role in the development of high-impact and interprofessional programs at our innovative, new school while they also provide care.

Clinical practice
Clinical educators provide health care in local, community settings approximately 80% of the time. The clinical placements may be at UC Davis Health in Sacramento or in another regional, partner setting. Clinical educators provide direct patient care and precept graduate School of Nursing family nurse practitioner and physician assistant students. This includes overseeing procedures, providing feedback and assisting with training. These clinical educators also participate in building and role-modeling team-based care in clinical settings and serving as an exemplar for interprofessional practice.

The remaining approximately 20% of time, these faculty participate in an educational capacity, which includes teaching small groups, participating in clinical skills workshops as well as mentoring and guiding students. The educational component also includes scholarly activity and committee service.

For more information
If you are interested in more information, please send an email with your questions to