Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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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…

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Health AGEnda Blog Is Live

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.

Scholar & Fellow Applications now Being Accepted

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.

Hartford Centers Receive Grants

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.

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.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Apply for the 2010 Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy

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.

STTI Releases Evidence-Based Design for Healthcare Facilities

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 and medical outcomes but also decreases medical errors and waste. Nurses, researchers, and health care administrators alike will learn how everything from the location and design of workstations, hand washing sinks, patient bathrooms, servers and handrails, family space, and same-handed rooms are critical to patient outcomes and quality of life in the workplace.

Throughout the pages of this book, readers will discover how to evaluate, categorize, and synthesize data evidence regarding health care facility design. McCullough encourages designers to develop a project with vision and create success for patients and staff alike.

For more information or to purchase the book, visit http://www.nursingsociety.org/Publications/Books/Pages/BooksForNurses.aspx.

STTI Presents the Baxter International Foundation’s Episteme Award

Mary D. Naylor, RN, PhD, FAAN has received The Baxter International Foundation’s 2009 Episteme Award for clinical trials and refinement of the Transitional Care Model, an innovative approach to addressing the needs of high-risk chronically ill older adults and their family caregivers. The $15,000 award—bestowed to a nurse who has contributed significantly to nursing knowledge development, application, or discovery that results in recognizable and sizable benefit to the public—was presented during STTI’s 40th annual biennial convention in Indianapolis.

Dr. Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. To date, Dr. Naylor and her research team have completed three National Institute of Nursing Research-funded clinical trials to refine the Transitional Care Model.

With the support of several foundations, her research team has recently partnered with a major insurance organization and health care plan to translate this model into the “real world” of clinical practice and promote its widespread adoption. In addition, Dr. Naylor and colleagues are engaged in a study funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research that will examine the natural history of changes in health and quality of life among older adults newly admitted to long-term care settings or services.

About the Honor Society of Nursing, 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. STTI has more than 130,000 active members. Learn more about STTI by accessing http://www.nursingsociety.org.

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