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September/October 2016

1. Welcome New Members!
2. 2016 NHCGNE Leadership Conference
3. Member Spotlight: University of Central Florida
4. Opportunities, Resources & Tools

Welcome from the President and Executive Director

A new school year. The cooler breezes and changing colors of fall. In this season of change, reflection, and new opportunities, we invite you to join us at the NHCGNE Leadership Conference, November 15-16, in New Orleans! The conference brings together colleagues from around the world to share insights into new approaches to health care for older adults, discuss the policies affecting this population, learn about professional development strategies, and be inspired by the work of outstanding nurse leaders. This newsletter highlights just a few of the exciting sessions being held. We hope you will join us for these and more as we move forward with purpose and vision for improving the health and quality of life for older adults. We look forward to seeing you there!

Claudia Beverly              J Taylor Harden
NHCGNE President       NHCGNE Executive Director

1. Welcome New Members!

We would like to extend a hearty welcome to our new NHCGNE member institution, Georgetown University.

We’d also like to highlight some of the exciting benefits of NHCGNE membership.

An established annual faculty development Leadership Conference. All members have the opportunity to participate in this annual conference, which features renowned speakers and leaders in the field. Each member institution is eligible for two free registrations. Read about this year’s conference, “Leading for Impact: Promoting Health in an Aging Society” below.

A road map for faculty development and career progression. Members also have access to NHCGNE member representatives and legacy affiliates for program review, online continuing education units, internet conferences, and teaching resources that include conferences and case studies. (A potential savings of $2,000!)

Resources, international and inter-professional collegial relationships and mentoring. These resources and relationships are vital to supporting the development of gerontological nursing faculty capacity and executive academic leadership for gerontological nursing programs.

To read more about these and all the benefits of membership, please visit the website.

Reminder: In order to expand the reach of our membership and the impact of NHCGNE activities, we encourage all member representatives to send a list of faculty, post-docs, pre-docs (DNP and PhD), and staff at your institution who should receive NHCGNE correspondence. Thank you!

2. 2016 NHCGNE Annual Leadership Conference
Leading for Impact: Promoting Health in an Aging Society

November 15-16, 2016
New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Register today!
Are you interested in learning about advances in health care delivery and the policies that impact health care for older adults? Would you like to build your leadership in the field? Want to know more about promoting healthy aging? Join us in New Orleans for the annual NHCGNE Leadership Conference for all this and more!
The conference will feature numerous leaders in the field exploring a variety of topics critical to nursing and healthy aging. Sessions will cover issues including:
  • Care transitions and care coordination, family caregiving, and cultural clashes in long-term care facilities;
  • Communications topics such as grant writing, creating more effective posters, and using social media effectively; and
  • Career concerns such as board membership, work-life balance, writing and publishing, and retirement planning.
Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from a broad range of nurse leaders, including:
  • Ellen-Marie Whelan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Population Health Officer at CMS
  • Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President at AARP
  • Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, Chairperson of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College of the City University of New York
  • Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender, RN, MS, President of Caring About People with Enthusiasm (CAPE) Associates, Inc., and recipient of the Mary Starke Harper Lectureship
  • NHCGNE Conference Executive Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Co-director, Hunter College Center for Health, Media, Policy
Take a look at the full conference agenda and register today!

3. Member Spotlight: University of Central Florida College of Nursing

The University of Central Florida (UCF) was recently named among the "Most Innovative" universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Innovation is taking place in a variety of contexts throughout the university, including the College of Nursing, led by Dean Mary Lou Sole. Simulation, new technology, and collaborations across disciplines to create new knowledge to improve patient care are among the groundbreaking work.
One example of this innovative research is the interactive, educational "game" tool for older adults that Victoria Loerzel, PhD, RN, OCN, the Beat M. and Jill L. Kahli Endowed Professorship in Oncology Nursing, developed to improve cancer symptom management through better self-care decisions at home. Dr. Loerzel, whose research focuses on quality of life and symptom self-management in older adults with cancer, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2015 to design, develop, and test the intervention. Through improved symptom management at home, patients can reduce severe symptoms, reduce unplanned hospital visits, and ultimately, improve quality of life.

The intervention is rooted in the principles of “serious gaming,” which means that it is both informative and entertaining. “While it is hard to make cancer symptom management entertaining,” says Dr. Loerzel, “it is at least a visually appealing tool to help older adults learn to self-manage their cancer treatment-related nausea and vomiting at home.”

The game is designed to be administered or played on a tablet in outpatient treatment areas, since most chemotherapy is given on an outpatient basis and patients are expected to manage any side effects at home. It is currently being evaluated in a randomized clinical setting by adults, age 65 and older, who are new to cancer treatment and have no personal experience managing these symptoms.

“I think one of the most exciting aspects of the educational intervention is how well received it has been by our focus groups and participants in the clinical trial,” Dr. Loerzel says. “One barrier I have been up against is the presumption or misperception that older adults do not ‘do’ technology. We are showing that older adults actually are open to technology, use it in their daily lives, and are appreciating this type of research being conducted for people like them.”

In the future, Dr. Loerzel would like to explore other options using smartphone technology that older adults can use at home, too.
Dr. Loerzel will join us in New Orleans for the 2016 NHCGNE Leadership Conference—we encourage you to seek her out to learn more about this exciting work!

4. Opportunities, Resources & Tools

Funding Opportunity: Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health
This (R03)-PAR-16-237 funding opportunity encourages investigators to submit research grant applications that will identify, develop, evaluate and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures, and strategies to disseminate and implement evidence-based health behavior change interventions, evidence-based prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and management, and quality-of-life improvement services into public health, clinical practice, and community settings. Read more.

Mayday Fund Pain and Palliative Care Webinar Series (September-December)

October 6, 2016: Best Practice Approaches for Non-Pharmacological Management of Pain
Presenter: Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, APRN-BC, ANP, FAAN, Chair and Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Nursing Research, Stony Brook School of Nursing

Learn more and register at the HIGN e-Learning Center.
Just Released: New Paper on PCMHs and Older Adults
The Patient Centered Medical Home Network of The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative has released an important new paper: "Patient-Centered Medical Homes and the Care of Older Adults: How comprehensive care coordination, community connections, and person-directed care can make a difference.” The paper provides a roadmap to guide primary care practices in how to enhance care for older, complex patients and their families.  Read more and access the report here and join the conversation on Twitter: #PCMH_Roadmap.
Positions Available
Full professor with an established research program in aging to fill the endowed Jeanne K. Buxbaum Chair of Nursing Science at The School of Nursing in the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences

Full-time undergraduate tenure track faculty members at Pace University’s College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing

Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor at the School of Nursing at UMass

NHCGNE Committees

*Click here for a full list of committee members

Membership Committee
Alyce Ashcraft, Chair
Darina Petrovsky, Vice Chair
Finance Committee
Lorraine Phillips, Chair
Education Committee
Jean Wyman, Chair

Nominations Committee
Claudia Beverly, Chair    
Communications Committee
Fayron Epps, Chair
Carol Rogers, Vice Chair
Mentoring Committee
Ashley Leak Bryant, Chair
Ab Brody, Vice Chair

Awards Committee
Bill Buron, Chair
Program Committee
Claudia Beverly

Executive Committee
Claudia Beverly
Tara Cortes
J Taylor Harden
Alyce Ashcraft
Lorraine Phillips
Melissa Batchelor-Murphy

Donate Now

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift of $667 to the NHCGNE. We are asking that Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders and alumni members, faculty, family, and friends consider making a donation of $667 each year for the next three years.

Your gift will ensure our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and loved ones all receive the very best nursing and evidence-based care available. Any gift you can make will be gratefully accepted. Donations may be mailed to:

Account # 22-67900
433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010

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