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January 2015

1. Welcome New Members!
2. News from the NHCGNE Coordinating Center
3. Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative News & Events
4. Opportunities, Resources & Tools
5. Announcements
6. Hartford Gerontological Nurse Leaders (HGNL) News
7. NHCGNE Member News
8. Link of the Month: Front pAGE Newsletter
Welcome from the President & Executive Director


As we, and the rest of the world, mourn the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris, we find ourselves thinking about the health care professionals who provided care to the injured, dead, and their families. We stand united with all health care professionals, especially those who render aid, support, and care to older adults in times of tragedy. Our thoughts are also with the older adults who lost their loved ones in the recent terrorist attacks. We collectively raise our pens in honor and remembrance, and we encourage you to write and publish, publish, and publish in 2015!

Ginny Pepper               J Taylor Harden
President                     Executive Director

1. Welcome New Members!

We would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new NHCGNE members:
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell School of Nursing
  • Illinois State University, Mennonite College of Nursing
For a full list of NHCGNE members, click here. We invite all of our members to join us in recruiting new member organizations!

2. News from the NHCGNE Coordinating Center

Member School Planning Grants
If you are in a member school you are eligible to apply for a Clinical Research Planning Grant. This grant mechanism is for a collaboration among three or four member schools. Deadline for submission is the first business day of the month, January – March 2015. NHCGNE Clinical Research Planning Grants must be submitted electronically (via email) to the NHCGNE Coordinating Center. For additional information on preparing for electronic/email submission, please contact:

3. Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative News & Events

Action Awards
Do you have an idea for a practice change project? Apply for a $10,000 Change AGEnts Action Award! Hartford Change AGEnts Action Awards are one-year grants, of up to $10,000, available to inter-professional teams led by Hartford alumni. Their purpose is to encourage and support the achievement of meaningful change to practice or policy that will improve the health and well-being of older adults and/or their families. Applications are due March 16, 2015. Go to for more information.

Change AGEnts Spotlight
The Change AGEnts website periodically highlights Change AGEnts and their efforts to effect practice change. The latest spotlight is on Scott Kaiser, MD. Read about Dr. Kaiser and his work of “…looking beyond ‘healthcare’ to meet people where they are and where health happens: in their daily lives, with their friends and families, in their communities…” at

Change AGEnts Mural Travels to Utah
The mural painted by Change AGEnts at the inaugural conference in December is on display at the University of Utah HCGNE. If your institution or organization is interested in hosting the mural, please email Chris Gherst. (Pictured left to right: Ginny Pepper and Jackie Eaton from the University of Utah HCGNE and Amy Berman, The John A. Hartford Foundation)

Stay Informed
If you’ve ever been connected to a Hartford Foundation project, either directly or indirectly, you can be a Change AGEnt! If you’re not sure, please email Julia Meashey, Program Director, at Please bookmark to keep up to date.

4. Opportunities, Resources & Tools

University of Utah Offers T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship
The University of Utah College of Nursing is offering a postdoctoral fellowship program in cancer, aging, and end-of-life care. This NINR-funded program builds upon research opportunities within the University of Utah Center on Aging, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and the funded research at the College of Nursing, including the $7.8 million NIH-funded PO1 Partners in Hospice Care grant. Fulltime fellows must be nurse scientists and U.S. residents/citizens. Each will receive mentorship and active engagement in interdisciplinary research, as well as support to advance his/her own research in these areas. Letters of interest are due by February 1. Fellowships will begin in July 2015 (negotiable).

Research Proposal Writing Workshops
The National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE), in partnership with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at the NYU College of Nursing, and in collaboration with national nursing research societies and NHCGNE members in each region, are offering workshops to actively engage junior and midlevel researchers in discussion and critical analysis of various components of research proposal writing. The sessions will draw on the experiences of the successful week-long summer research programs already offered by the Hartford Centers at UAMS, University of Iowa, and the HIGN. The workshops will focus on writing a problem statement, background, and significance. Participants are asked to come with a draft proposal on which they are working. Proposals should focus on adult-gerontological issues and/or implications for aging, including chronic disease prevention and healthy aging. The workshop will help attendees articulate a clear and concise statement of the problem and make the argument for why it is an important area of research.
Southern Nursing Research Society
February 25, 2015, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tampa, FL

Eastern Nursing Research Society
April 15–17, 2015 (exact date/time to be announced)
Washington, DC
For information, contact Malvina Kluger.

Midwest Nursing Research Society
April 16, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
Additional information for these preconference workshops is coming soon.
Upcoming FLAG Programs
The Facilitated Learning to Advance Geriatrics (FLAG) program is a national professional development workshop through the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence and the University of Minnesota Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, designed to increase the teaching expertise of faculty and graduate students in the care of older adults. FLAG is particularly relevant to faculty in pre-licensure programs. The next FLAG programs are:

February 13–14, 2015
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

May 18–19, 2015
Endicott College, Beverly, MA

The program costs $595, is conducted over two full days, and awards 16 to 18 ANCC credits. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a clinical reference manual will be provided. Please check the FLAG website for the latest details.
University of Oklahoma College of Nursing Applications Now Being Accepted
The University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Nursing will be accepting PhD applications, with a deadline of March 1, 2015. For more information, go to:      

Doctoral students admitted to the PhD program may also be eligible to apply for the Donald W. Reynolds Pre-doctoral Scholarship program, designed to support two years of fulltime doctoral work for nurses who are committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing. The program awards a total of $100,000 ($50,000 per year). The deadline for this scholarship application is also March 1, 2015. For more information go to, For general questions or to seek a faculty mentor, contact Denise Short, EdD, Reynolds Program Administrator, at or at 405.271.2420, ext. 49233.
Geriatric Pharmacology Conference in Philadelphia
Come network with your colleagues in the City of Brotherly Love, and see why Philadelphia remains a hotbed of intellectual innovation—well past Ben Franklin's invention of the flexible urinary catheter. GAPNA is hosting its inaugural pharmacology conference March 27 and 28, 2015, titled "Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults." The conference boasts eight educational sessions offering 11.5 pharmacology hours—including four hours on prescribing controlled substances. The conference is being held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Don’t miss the first-ever pharmacology conference from the only association dedicated to advanced practice nurses caring for older adults. Visit for more information. Register here.
Developing Behavioral Interventions: A Summer Research Institute at Johns Hopkins
Offered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging, this summer research institute is designed to help participants develop testable interventions that have the potential for implementation in practice environments and that advance appropriate trial designs. Through discussions of their intervention and study ideas with nationally recognized experts, engaging in small group consultation, and listening to state-of-the-science lectures, Summer Research Institute participants will gain hands-on practical knowledge and skills to advance their respective intervention studies. Scholarships and fellowships are available. Apply now! For more information and to apply, go to:
NICHE Leadership Training Program: Register Today!
NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) has begun registration for a Leadership Training Program (LTP) that begins on February 9th. The six-week, web-based program provides an interdisciplinary hospital team with tools and resources to begin the process of increasing quality of care for older adult patients at their facility and achieving NICHE designation. The next LTP sessions begin on June 8 and October 5. Registration information for the LTP is available at:
2015 Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars Program: July 27–31, 2015
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s scholars program is an opportunity for researchers in academia or hospitals to participate in a week-long, intensive summer seminar at NYU College of Nursing. The program offers an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized gerontological nursing researchers. Space is limited!

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For additional information, visit Summer Scholars, or contact the HIGN office at 212.992.9416 or via email at
NICHE Conference Registration Now Open
More than 850 nurses and other health care professionals from more than 300 hospitals and health care organizations worldwide will meet in Lake Buena Vista, FL, for the 2015 Annual NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Conference, April 14 thru 17, 2015. The theme of this year's conference at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is "Innovation Through Leadership." Attendees at the annual NICHE conferences share evidence-based innovations and research. NICHE supports hospitals and other healthcare organizations in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times: quality care of older adults.

Conference keynotes are Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and head of the division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO; Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, associate director, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, Tampa, FL; and Dean Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, New York University College of Nursing.

For complete conference information and to register, visit

5. Announcements

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing has moved! The new address is:

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
College of Nursing
New York University
433 First Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.

6. Hartford Gerontological Nurse Leaders (HGNL) News

Contribute Your Neurogeriatric Manuscripts!
In collaboration with Frontiers in Medicine, the HGNL is organizing a Research Topic titled "Neurogeriatrics,” hosted by Ralf Landwehr, Robert Liszka, and Deanna Gray-Miceli. As host editor, Deanna would like to encourage you to contribute to this topic. There is a page on the Frontiers website where all articles will appear after peer review and where topic participants will be able to hold relevant discussions. Please note that the deadline for manuscript submission is June 26, 2015. For information about the research topics, publishing fees, and other details, visit: If you plan to participate, please email Deanna Gray-Miceli and submit your abstract no later than March 27, 2015.

Stay Current on What’s Happening in Gerontological Nursing, Read HGNL News!
Keep abreast of what’s happening in the HGNL with the monthly newsletter highlighting the accomplishments of our scholars, fellows and alumni, as well as the exciting collaborative activities of the Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. If you haven’t had a chance to read the January 2015 issue, take a look now.

7. NHCGNE Member News

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Congratulations to Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, NYU Nursing, Emerita, and coeditors on their book, The Encyclopedia of Elder Care, which was named as one of the American Journal of Nursing’s Best Books of the Year, 2014.
Pennsylvania State University
The Penn State HCGNE hosted Pat Berry, PhD, RN, ACHPN, FPDN, FAAN, director of the Oregon Health & Science University HCGNE and professor of nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing, for a two-day visit. Dr. Berry’s visit included her presentation, "Top 10 (or so) Things I’ve Learned About Palliative Care: Research, Education, and Practice," as well as individual meetings with research faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Along with Penn State’s College of Nursing, the Penn State HCGNE has partnered with the Polisher Research Institute (PRI) in North Wales, PA, to establish a Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care. The program will expand on the college’s current focus on research in aging and person-centered care (PCC), a model of elder care that seeks to improve quality of life by focusing on the patient’s own lifestyle preferences. Dr. Kimberly Van Haitsma, associate professor of nursing and former director of PRI’s Harry Stern Family Center for Innovations in Alzheimer’s Care, serves as director of the new program. The PRI, the research arm of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, focuses on research to improve quality of life for seniors through innovative concepts of care, with a special emphasis on PCC for those living with dementia.

The Center also hosted Debra Barksdale, PHD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAAN, associate professor and director, doctor of nursing practice, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chair; PCORI Scholarly Publications Committee Chair; and a member of the Communication, Outreach, and Engagement Committee of the board of governors. Dr. Barksdale presented on "Patient-Centered Care: If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It." The one-day colloquium also included one-on-one meetings for research faculty and graduate students.
University of California, San Francisco
The symposium, Current Issues in Gerontology, has been accepted for a poster presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing's Communicating Nursing Research Conference, to be held April 22–25, 2015, in Albuquerque, NM. Schola Matovu, Nancy Dudley, Janine Cataldo, Anne Petersen, and Laura Wagner will present.

In other news, the UCSF School of Nursing's Masters in Health Care Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) program, which was launched in January 2014, celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of 18 students in December.  One graduate in this inaugural cohort focused her capstone project, "Transitions of Care from Hospital to Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Gap Analysis,” on the care of older adults.  The program looks forward to increasing the number of students focusing on geriatrics/gerontology.
Vanderbilt University
The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing congratulates these achievements:

Megan Simmons, DNP, RN, received the March of Dimes 2014 Mental Health Nurse of the Year Award; Carrie Plummer, PhD, RN, received the March of Dimes 2014 Community Health Nurse of the Year Award, and Sally Miller, MSN, RN, was awarded the University of Arizona College of Nursing Lange Award for a fulltime PhD student who is in the data collecting/dissertation phase. Also, Jennifer Kim, DNP, GNP-BC, co-director of the Vanderbilt HCGNE, recently completed her DNP at NYU School of Nursing. Her capstone project was titled "Use of Kotter’s Leading Change Model to Develop and Implement a Heart Failure Education Program for Certified Nursing Assistants in a Long Term Care Facility."

8. Link of the Month: Front pAGE

Front pAGE is The John A. Hartford Foundation's monthly newsletter. Each issue features updates on recent Foundation grants, programs, awards, and other important items from across the Hartford community and the field more broadly. Read the latest issue and subscribe here.

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