GSA announces relocation of National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

December 01, 2015

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has announced that the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) will relocate to the Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at the New York University College of Nursing, effective January 2016. This John A. Hartford Foundation grant-supported program has been based at GSA since 2012, focusing on preparing new academic gerontological nursing leaders and enhancing the gerontological nursing expertise of faculty.

"We thank GSA for our partnership and look forward to ongoing collaboration," said NHCGNE Executive Director J Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FAAN. "We are proud of our collective accomplishments, including our 281 pre and post-doctoral gero expert nurses supported since 2000."

During its time at GSA, the Center's membership has increased to 60 institutions working collaboratively to promote quality nursing care to older adults. In order to fully benefit from the forward momentum of the growing National Hartford Center membership and synergy with the mission of the HIGN, the John A. Hartford Foundation and the NHCGNE Executive Committee decided to move the grant's operations.

"The Society has been honored to serve as the multi-disciplinary home for the NHCGNE," said GSA Executive Director and CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH. "GSA recognizes the wonderful work that has been accomplished toward the grant's stated goals and looks forward to continuing its longstanding collaboration with the John A. Hartford Foundation."

The HIGN was founded in 1996 at the NYU College of Nursing with the goal of shaping the quality of health care older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric nursing competence. The HIGN has held steadfast through the years in its efforts to achieve excellence in its core competencies dedicated to meeting its goals: practice, research, education, and advocacy/policy.

"The missions of the HIGN and the NHCGNE are very complementary, and we very much look forward to this partnership which will enable us all to positively impact the quality of health and life for even more older adults," said HIGN Executive Director Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN.

The New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) is a nationally recognized leader in nurse education and innovative research in the field of nursing science. Its distinguished faculty and researchers ensure that tomorrow's nurses and scientists are ready to advance the nursing profession as interprofessional health care team leaders, as clinicians, and as educators.

"The NYU College of Nursing has long been a leader in geriatric nursing and we are thrilled to partner with the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence to further increase the capacity of nurses and health professionals to address the growing need for the highest quality of life for older adults," said NYUCN Dean Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN. "The richness that will come about as a result of this partnership will teach students, embrace consumers, and lead the way in geriatric research and care."
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society -- and its 5,500+ members -- is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA's structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Founded in 1929 by John and George Hartford of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), the John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Additional information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Initiative began in 2000 with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, and subsequently attracted additional funding partners in The Atlantic Philanthropies and Mayday Fund. The initiative's main goals are to increase the cadre of academic geriatric nurses, build leadership capacity in academic geriatric nurses, and build national collaboration and excitement about geriatric/gerontological nursing.

About New York University College of Nursing: NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science and Post-Master's Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. For more information, visit

About Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN): HIGN seeks to shape the quality of health care that older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric competency in all nurses who deliver care. By raising the standards of nursing care, HIGN aims to ensure that people age in comfort and dignity. Its initiatives include education, practice, research, and policy. For more information, visit

The Gerontological Society of America

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