The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) Center for Nursing Excellence in Long-Term Care™, funded by a grant from sanofi-aventis U.S., is developing an evidence-based knowledge assessment and online educational program to focus on diabetes care in older adults. It will be customized and targeted to the needs of nurses working in long-term care facilities.
The 36-hour (continuing nursing education credits) course will include topics such as:
STTI’s Center for Nursing Excellence in Long-Term Care, in collaboration with experts from the Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, skilled nursing facilities, national providers, trade associations, and geriatric consumer groups, is developing a portfolio of products and services to fulfill its mission to transform the role of the RN in the long-term care environment. For more information and resources, visit http://www.centerfornursingexcellence.org.
The Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA) is now well under way. Participants have already completed the first of two leadership workshops and have begun work on their projects, which serve as a platform for enacting leadership competency and skill developed throughout the 18-month mentored leadership academy.
The participants are working on a diverse range of projects, each with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of health care for older adults and their families through geriatric nursing practice. Throughout the project development process, the fellows will receive assistance from their mentor and a member of the GNLA faculty. During the next few months, the fellows will participate in a site visit with their GNLA faculty consultant and attend the academy’s second workshop in February 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Through the partnership between STTI and The John A. Hartford Foundation, GNLA has become the premier leadership development opportunity for nurses dedicated to influencing policy and geriatric health outcomes. This growing group of experts has begun a collective movement toward national influence in changing care for older adults.
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 at http://www.nursingsociety.org.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has released the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) Competencies and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Competencies. Funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation, these national consensus-based documents were developed in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. To access these competencies, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/adultgerocomp.htm.
These publications delineate the entry-level competencies for graduates of master’s, doctoral, and postgraduate programs preparing NPs and CNSs who serve the adult-gerontology population. The competencies are intended to be used in conjunction with the core competencies outlined in the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and the Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing developed by the AACN. In addition, these documents build on the NONPF (2006) core competencies for all NPs and the National CNS Core Competencies (2008). This initiative is the first step in implementing the transition of NP and CNS education to encompass the entire spectrum of adult and gerontology practice as outlined in the “Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.” To review this model, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education/pdf/APRNReport.pdf.
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and the AACN, both John A. Hartford Foundation grantees, have several new resources available for nursing faculty. For clinical nursing…