The Hartford Institute partners with nursing school faculty and staff development educators.

April 16, 2000

In order to assure that elders across the country age with optimal function, comfort and dignity, the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (Institute) at New York University's Division of Nursing, is launching a new national initiative entitled Partners for Dissemination of Best Practices in Care for Older Adults.

"These partnerships create a commitment to strengthen the competency of nurses to provide skilled and compassionate care to older adults," said Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.

With this initiative, the Institute is inviting baccalaureate schools of nursing and staff development educators at health care facilities to become partners in a two-part Institute program. This program provides both faculty and clinical leadership development workshop designs and curriculum and staff in-service lessons plans.

Partners will receive an array of ready-made materials that include: a specific Implementation Manual for workshop designs and lesson plans; a 21 topic curriculum guide entitled -- Best Nursing in Care for Older Adults: Incorporating Essential Gerontological Content into Baccalaureate Education and Staff Development; as well a variety of teaching aids. In addition, the Institute provides technical assistance and encourages partners to adapt all materials to their needs.

This program has been endorsed by The American Colleges of Nursing (AACN), as well as The National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO), The American Geriatrics Society (AGS), The American Society on Aging (ASA), The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), along with the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA).

"We are honored that these national organizations recognize the importance of this partnership initiative," said Terry Fulmer, RN, PhD, FAAN and Co-Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.
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For information about joining this program, call 212-998-9018 or email -- hartford.ign@nyu.edu.

New York University Division of Nursing

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