The Foundation has launched its new blog, Health AGEnda ( http://www.jhartfound.org/blog). The purpose of the blog is to share Foundation perspectives and stimulate discussion of the important health and aging issues of today, create another avenue of communication with grantees, and inform those in the health arena outside of aging about the issues it cares so deeply about, particularly in the fields of nursing, social work, medicine, and new model development. The Foundation encourages practitioners to follow the blog regularly, comment on the posts, and forward it to colleagues.
The Hartford-funded Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program, administered by the American Academy of Nursing, is seeking nurses who are committed to advancing the field of geriatric nursing through doctoral studies and research. Two-year scholarships ($50,000 per year) and fellowships ($60,000 per year) are available for the 2010–2012 cohort. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.geriatricnursing.org/applications. The deadline is January 13, 2010.
The Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy is also seeking applications for its 18-month mentored fellowship for nurses who are committed to leading health care practice changes for older adults. See The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International section below for more information about the fellowship.
Two Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNEs)—at the University of Arkansas and the University of Minnesota—are recipients of Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future grants, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation that addresses nursing issues at the community level through funding partnerships with local and regional foundations. These funds create a financial incentive for local and regional communities to work on nursing workforce issues. For more information about the HCGNEs, visit http://www.geriatricnursing.org/hcgne/hcgne.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 Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is now accepting applications for its Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA). The Academy is developing leadership skills in a select cadre of nurses at key health care institutions who have base geriatric knowledge and competence, in an effort to lead interprofessional teams and implement health care system change to improve the quality of care of older adults across the United States.
This 18-month mentored leadership program was initiated by STTI and developed with a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation, in partnership with the Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. This past October, Hill-Rom, manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, awarded STTI a $25,000 grant to support two participants—a fellow/mentor pair—in the 2010–2011 GNLA cohort. This sponsored pair will join 12 others.
The deadline is January 18, 2010. For more information, visit http://www.nursingsociety.org/LeadershipInstitute/GeriatricAcademy/Pages/default.aspx.
Evidence-based design, a process of designing health care facilities to achieve optimal patient outcomes, is explored and explained in STTI’s newest book, Evidence-Based Design for Healthcare Facilities.
Evidence-based design has become an important and growing trend in creating safe patient care environments during the past decade as hospital officials are busy searching for cost-effective strategies that maximize results. Lead author Cynthia McCullough reviewed more than 1,000 research studies while developing the book and found that health care design not only improves patient care…