The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, in collaboration with the Coalition for Geriatric Nursing Organizations and the Pioneer Network, has published an issue paper, Nurses’ Involvement in Nursing Home Culture Change: Overcoming Barriers, Advancing Opportunities (available from http://hartfordign.org/policy/position_papers_briefs/). The paper, addressed to nursing homes and professional RNs practicing in nursing homes, discusses the move toward culture change—a movement away from institution-driven models of care toward more consumer-driven models that embrace flexibility and patient self-determination.
The issue paper grew out of an October 2008 meeting of an interdisciplinary expert panel of leaders in culture change and in gerontological nursing. The paper summarizes the panel discussion and frames the competencies that need to be developed for nurses involved in culture change and resident-directed care. Recommendations are provided for nursing homes regarding practicing nurses and for academic programs preparing professional nurses. For example, the paper recommends that nursing homes develop and distribute a statement of goals for practicing nurses in culture change nursing homes. In addition, it is recommended that academic nursing programs conduct comprehensive reviews of culture change content in prelicensure (diploma, associate degree, and baccalaureate) nursing programs.
Source.Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. (2009, June 11). New issue paper describes the role of nurses in nursing home ‘culture change’ [Press release]. New York: Author.
© National Senior Games Association
The largest multi-sport event in the world for men and women athletes age 50 and older will take place in the San Francisco Bay area from August 1 to 15, 2009. The 2009 Summer National Senior Games is a product of the National Senior Games Association, a national not-for-profit organization promoting healthy lifestyles for older adults through education, fitness, and sport.
The first Games were held in 1987 in St. Louis and featured 2,500 athletes; this year’s event is expected to include 12,750 athletes competing in more than 800 events. Medal sports include archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, triathlon, and volleyball. Demonstration sports for 2009 include equestrian, fencing, lawn bowling, rowing, sailing, soccer and water polo.
The Games are held every other year. The Games will take place in Houston and Cleveland in 2011 and 2013, respectively; athlete qualifying information for these events can be accessed from http://www.nsga.com. More information about the 2009 Games can be found at http://www.2009seniorgames.org.
Source.“2009 Summer National Senior Games: Fast Facts.” (n.d.). Retrieved July 7, 2009, from http://www.2009seniorgames.org/pdf/09_FastFacts.pdf.
Dementia Care Professionals of America (DCPA), a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), is now accepting nominations for its third annual Dementia Care Professional of the Year award. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated professional excellence in care, compassionate performance that exceeds expectations, and a dedicated commitment to people diagnosed with dementia.
The deadline for applications for the 2009 Dementia Care Professional of the Year award is September 1, 2009. The professional can be nominated by peers, colleagues, employers, clients, or clients’ families. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with DCPA or AFA. For more information and an application, visit http://www.careprofessionals.org.
Source.“National Group Seeks Nominations for ‘Dementia Care Professional of the Year.’” (2009, June 10). Retrieved July 7, 2009, from http://www.alzfdn.org/MediaCenter/2009-06-09.html.
A new Web site providing access to a nationwide database of elder care providers is now available for families and caregivers. Free to both providers and consumers, CareMinds ( http://www.careminds.com) features:
Source.“New www.CareMinds.com Helps Elder Care Providers to Connect with Families and Caregivers via Free Listings, Leads and Content Sharing.” (2009, June 2). Retrieved July 7, 2009, from http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/06/prweb2491004.htm.