In the September issue of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, the editorial staff addressed an oversight in an article published by Julie H. Grocki, MSW and Glenn E. "Bert" Fox, Jr., PhD in the March issue. The authors would like to take this opportunity to provide their response.
This is in response to a letter to the editor by Dr. Kennith CuIp and colleagues on our article, "Gerontology Coursework in Undergraduate Nursing Programs in the United States: A Regional Study." The focus of our research was on examining the extent that specific gerontological content is included in 4-year accredited undergraduate nursing programs in the United States. We mentioned several initiative programs in relation to gerontology and nursing education, yet neglected by oversight to mention the outstanding geriatric nursing initiatives, both past and present, that are funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation. We applaud the efforts of the John A. Hartford Foundation in infusing gerontological content in nursing education. Our article illustrates the need for the Foundation and others to continue to advocate for excellence in gerontological nursing education.