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GSA welcomes National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
Date:7/2/2012

ghout the Society membership, to help advance research, education, and practice in gerontology," said GSA Executive Director James Appleby, RPh, MPH.

The National HCGNE has three stated goals: to prepare new faculty to provide academic leadership in geriatric nursing for associate and higher degree nursing programs nationally to address the dynamic and changing needs of the older adults of the future; to enhance the geriatric expertise of current faculty at associate and higher degree nursing programs nationally; and to leverage funding to support current and new National HCGNE activities toward the first two goals and promote long-term sustainability.

John A. Hartford Foundation Senior Program Officer Rachael A. Watman noted that older Americans comprise the majority of patients in many health care settings, yet the preparation of the nursing workforce in geriatric care as in other disciplines lags.

"Without sufficient numbers of gerontological expert faculty in the classroom, nursing students will not graduate with the competence to care for older Americans," Watman said. "By addressing this issue through the National HCGNE, we can increase older patients' satisfaction, better manage their health conditions, and improve health outcomes."


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Contact: Todd Kluss
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202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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