Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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In March, the Foundation awarded $1.6 million to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International to implement the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. A full description of this competitive program can be found below under the Sigma Theta Tau International heading.

The Hartford Foundation recently awarded more than $800,000 to the Research Foundation of the City University of New York–Baruch College for the external evaluation of the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative projects. This objective assessment of the Foundation’s funding in geriatric nursing will help manage grant projects and guide future programming, as well as document the impact of the initiative on the field of nursing overall. Since 1996, the John A. Hartford Foundation has invested more than $68 million in geriatric nursing initiatives to improve the health care of older adults.

For more information on the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative, access http://www.hgni.org.

The Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNEs) Nursing Home Collaborative (NHC) is engaged in an exciting planning year. The HCGNEs are working together to build on existing relationships and establish strong national and state partnerships among nurses in nursing home settings, industry leaders and operators, regulators, consumers, advocates, policy makers, and Hartford Centers. Specific activities to date include the establishment of the steering and advisory committees; involvement of Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity alumni, current scholars, and fellows; bimonthly conference calls; webinars; literature syntheses based on a review of more than 600 articles; and a professional nursing practice model draft based on recommendations from the literature syntheses.

The ultimate goal of the NHC is to improve the quality of care for and quality of life of individuals in nursing homes who have complex functional or unstable health care needs through collaborative professional registered nursing practice. The project is supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies with additional funding provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation through the American Academy of Nursing Coordinating Center.

For more information, access http://www.geriatricnursing.org/hcgne/nhc.asp.

The John A. Hartford Foundation is at the forefront of pioneering advances in medicine and health care, funding research and programs that have revolutionized medicine and shaped the delivery of health care during the past 75 years. The Foundation’s overall goal is to increase the nation’s capacity to provide affordable care to its rapidly increasing older population.

For additional information about The John A. Hartford Foundation, including grant announcements, program information, quarterly newsletters, annual reports, staff contact information, and grant guidelines, access the Foundation’s Web site at http://www.jhartfound.org.

The newly created Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy, an 18-month mentored leadership academy, continues to prepare for its first cohort of participants. The program, which focuses on developing successful leaders to improve geriatric care, was initiated by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and is supported with a $1.6 million grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation’s Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

The academy will prepare 20 competitively chosen nurse leaders to direct multidisciplinary teams that will work to improve health care quality for older adults and their families. Learning methods used throughout the program will include content in leadership theory and skills; leadership self-assessment and development; interprofessional team development, project development, management, and evaluation; and dissemination of lessons learned and project outcomes.

The academy will focus on the participants’ personal leadership journey with a project that serves as a platform for enacting leadership competency and skill. A mentor selected from each participant’s local community or practice setting will support the development of leadership skills, and an academy faculty facilitator will assist the mentor and mentee. Over 18 months, each academy class will provide:

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The John A. Hartford Foundation

Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy

In March, the Foundation awarded $1.6 million to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International to implement the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. A full description of this competitive program can be found below under the Sigma Theta Tau International heading.

Evaluating the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative

The Hartford Foundation recently awarded more than $800,000 to the Research Foundation of the City University of New York–Baruch College for the external evaluation of the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative projects. This objective assessment of the Foundation’s funding in geriatric nursing will help manage grant projects and guide future programming, as well as document the impact of the initiative on the field of nursing overall. Since 1996, the John A. Hartford Foundation has invested more than $68 million in geriatric nursing initiatives to improve the health care of older adults.

For more information on the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative, access http://www.hgni.org.

HCGNE National Nursing Home Collaborative

The Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNEs) Nursing Home Collaborative (NHC) is engaged in an exciting planning year. The HCGNEs are working together to build on existing relationships and establish strong national and state partnerships among nurses in nursing home settings, industry leaders and operators, regulators, consumers, advocates, policy makers, and Hartford Centers. Specific activities to date include the establishment of the steering and advisory committees; involvement of Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity alumni, current scholars, and fellows; bimonthly conference calls; webinars; literature syntheses based on a review of more than 600 articles; and a professional nursing practice model draft based on recommendations from the literature syntheses.

The ultimate goal of the NHC is to improve the quality of care for and quality of life of individuals in nursing homes who have complex functional or unstable health care needs through collaborative professional registered nursing practice. The project is supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies with additional funding provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation through the American Academy of Nursing Coordinating Center.

For more information, access http://www.geriatricnursing.org/hcgne/nhc.asp.

About the Foundation

The John A. Hartford Foundation is at the forefront of pioneering advances in medicine and health care, funding research and programs that have revolutionized medicine and shaped the delivery of health care during the past 75 years. The Foundation’s overall goal is to increase the nation’s capacity to provide affordable care to its rapidly increasing older population.

For additional information about The John A. Hartford Foundation, including grant announcements, program information, quarterly newsletters, annual reports, staff contact information, and grant guidelines, access the Foundation’s Web site at http://www.jhartfound.org.

Sigma Theta Tau International

Countdown to Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy

The newly created Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy, an 18-month mentored leadership academy, continues to prepare for its first cohort of participants. The program, which focuses on developing successful leaders to improve geriatric care, was initiated by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and is supported with a $1.6 million grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation’s Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

The academy will prepare 20 competitively chosen nurse leaders to direct multidisciplinary teams that will work to improve health care quality for older adults and their families. Learning methods used throughout the program will include content in leadership theory and skills; leadership self-assessment and development; interprofessional team development, project development, management, and evaluation; and dissemination of lessons learned and project outcomes.

The academy will focus on the participants’ personal leadership journey with a project that serves as a platform for enacting leadership competency and skill. A mentor selected from each participant’s local community or practice setting will support the development of leadership skills, and an academy faculty facilitator will assist the mentor and mentee. Over 18 months, each academy class will provide:

  • A 4-day leadership workshop for mentors and mentees.
  • Monthly online learning activities and discussion groups.
  • Two, 1-day facilitated site visits by the faculty facilitator with the participant, mentor, and their project team.
  • A 3-day to 4-day project implementation and evaluation workshop.
  • Project presentation at the Honor Society’s biennial convention in 2011.

After completion of the leadership academy experience, participants will be able to:

  • Create and effectively lead an interprofessional team to improve geriatric health care practice outcomes.
  • Influence geriatric health care practices within a variety of settings.
  • Improve geriatric health outcomes through leadership and enactment of evidence-based care.
  • Disseminate “lessons learned” in leadership development to improve health and care of older adults.

To learn more about the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy, access http://www.nursingsociety.org and click on the International Leadership Institute tab.

About Sigma Theta Tau International

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. More than 130,000 active members make Sigma Theta Tau International the second largest nursing organization in the United States. Learn more about the Honor Society by accessing http://www.nursingsociety.org.

10.3928/00989134-20080501-04

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