The Mountain States Health Corporation (MSHCJ, Boise, Idaho, has received a $79,319 grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan to demonstrate the positive effect of geriatric nurse practitioners on the improvement of patient care in the nursing home setting.
Using audio-visual and oral presentations, the MSHC will introduce the geriatric nurse practitioner concept to legislators, administrators, nurses, physicians, medical associations, and the general public, nationwide.
The focal point of the project will be the showing of a (16 mm) movie entitled "The Geriatric Nurse Practitioner-A New Dimension in Quality Care." The movie describes the role, education, services, and peer relationships of the GNP, filming actual GNPs rather than actors in professional work settings. The dissemination plan also includes a supplementary booklet; presentations at national gerontological organizations and other appropriate agencies; advertisements in professional journals; and explanation, when requested, by legislative committees.
The WK Kellogg Foundation earlier supported a three-year MSHC project to assist the training and placement of GNPs in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming, demonstrating in practice, the marked difference in quality of care in nursing homes with a GNP on staff.
According to Robert E. Kinsinger, a Foundation vice president, "The success of the GNP demonstration can have full national impact on the quality and expènse of long-term care only if it is widely and vividly explained to a great variety of audiences. This project has the potential of effecting a substantial change nationwide in the quality and cost of long-term care."