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NHCGNE New Directions
Welcome to the new and expanded New Directions newsletter from the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. You'll notice many of the same features as the former HGNI New Directions newsletter, we've just updated it to reflect the new strategic direction of the John A. Hartford Foundation and the look of the NHCGNE. We hope you like it!

1. Welcome New Members!
2. News from the NHCGNE Coordinating Center
3. Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative Launched
4. Opportunities, Resources & Tools 

5. Announcements

6. Hartford Gerontological Nurse Leaders News
7. NHCGNE Member News
8. Link of the Month: Hartford Institute/NGNA Monthly Webinar Series
Welcome from the President & Executive Director


Happy New Year!  We hope you have had a joyful holiday time of year! Now it is January and that time of year when many of us reexamine our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during the next year. We are delighted that the NHCGNE will be a part of your 2014.  With that in mind, this issue of New Directions features some great ideas and activities—We hope you take advantage of them. 
New Directions is published six times a year, and submission deadlines are posted on our website.   The next deadline is March 18th. We look forward to a productive 2014, working with you and receiving your great ideas to advance gerontological nursing excellence and optimal health care for all older adults.

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:
  • Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences School of Nursing
  • Ohio State University College of Nursing
  • University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison, School of Nursing
We invite all of our members to join us in recruiting new member schools.   All new schools joining the NHCGNE by February 21st will be eligible to participate in a new funding opportunity initiative, NHCGNE Research Planning Grant, available in March 2014. The Research Planning Grant aims to foster collaborative research among member schools.  Each participating school is eligible for an award of $10,000 to be used in support of planning a clinical research study in partnership with one or more member schools.  Look for the Request For Applications (RFA) in February.  
Please note that dues for current members are due March 1, 2014. Please contact with any questions.

2. News from the NHCGNE Coordinating Center

Fundraising Campaign
In an effort to sustain our progress, our fundraising campaign was launched in December. Than you to our generous donors!

NHCGNE Advisory Committee
The next webinar of the Advisory Committee will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014, from 2PM to3PM Eastern Time. For the list of committee members, visit:
NHCGNE Research Planning Grant Opportunity Announcement  

The NHCGNE Research Planning Grant Opportunity is similar to the NIH Planning Grant process and requires collaboration among two or more member schools in developing an R01 or R01-like research application for submission to a funding agency.  Each participating member school will receive a $10,000 award to participate in planning the research, grant writing, and submission.  This is a triple return on membership investment. NHCGNE will begin receiving applications from Members’ Schools in March 2014.
NHCGNE and NEXus Partner in Collaborative Effort
Membership in the Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus) is an excellent opportunity for Schools of Nursing interested in increasing access to doctoral level courses in gerontological nursing practice, education, and research through partnerships and distance technology.  A Request for Applications has been issued and a copy is available on the Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence at OHSU website. To apply for the $10,000 award, applicants must execute a memorandum of understanding with NEXus by December 31, 2014. 

3. Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative Launched at GSA Annual Meeting

Nearly 400 people joined GSA and the Hartford Foundation on November 22, 2013, to launch the exciting new Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative. This new initiative brings together each and every Foundation grantee—anyone touched by a Hartford grant—to make health care practice change a reality for older adults. The initiative provides a forum for people to share resources and ideas for practice change and collaborate on projects in a variety of topic areas. Learn more about the components of the initiative at Read about the launch event here:
If you’ve ever received Hartford Foundation funding/support, either directly or indirectly, you’re a Change AGEnt! If you’re not sure, please email Julia Meashey, Program Director, at

4. Opportunities, Resources & Tools

Hartford Change AGEnts Webinar
What’s In It for Them: Developing Powerful Value Propositions
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
1:00pm–2:15pm EST
Online via ReadyTalk
We are pleased to announce the first in a series of knowledge and skills development webinars as part of the new Hartford Change AGEnts initiative, an effort to accelerate sustained practice change that improves the health of older Americans, their families, and communities. Creating meaningful value propositions is a fundamental part of any successful local, regional, or national effort to change care, services, organizations, systems or policy. This interactive, 75-minute webinar will cover:
  • The basics of strong "value propositions" and why they’re important to practice change;
  • How multiple value propositions are necessary to engage various stakeholders;
  • How to factor both the benefits and costs of your intervention into value propositions; and
  • Field-based experience on the topic from:
    • Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Co-leader of the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative and Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (MD)
    • Kyle Allen, DO, AGSF, Vice President for Clinical Integration, Medical Director—Geriatric Medicine and Lifelong Health, Riverside Health System (VA)
    • Jennifer Porth, LISW-AP, Gerontologist Manager, Ambulatory Care Transition Team, Palmetto Health (SC)
John Beilenson, President of SCP (PA) will facilitate the webinar. Please join us for this informative presentation and lively discussion. Register for this no-cost webinar today! 
NLN’s Innovations in Teaching: ACES Workshops
The National League for Nursing is hosting a series of ACES Workshops this spring. ACES (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors) is a grant-funded initiative that fosters geronotological nursing education for pre-licensure nursing programs. This program guides the teaching of nursing students to provide competent, individualized and humanistic care to older adults. These one-day workshops address the complexity of decision making about care for the older adult in a variety of home, institutional and community-based settings. ACES Workshop attendees will receive up to 14 contact hours for completion of the all-day workshop, two follow-up webinars, and an NLN pre-Summit workshop. For more details, including a complete list of session dates and locations, visit: Questions? Email
OU Reynolds Predoctoral Scholarship Program: Application Deadline Extended to April 1
The University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Nursing, with support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, seeks applicants for the OU Reynolds Predoctoral Scholarship program.  The Reynolds Scholarship program is designed to support two years of full-time doctoral work for nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing. The program awards a total of $100,000 ($50,000 per year) to each selected Reynolds Scholar enrolled in the PhD in nursing program at the OU College of Nursing. Application deadline has been extended to April 1, 2014. For more information, visit:
Hartford Institute’s National Education Initiative, “Primary Care for Older Adults”
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing, has developed 12 pilot e-Learning clinical training modules aimed at advanced practice nurses and focused on primary care for older adults (PCOA) ( In collaboration with the Consortium of NY Geriatric Education Centers and the National Nursing Centers Consortium, a nationwide network of nurse managed health clinics and federally qualified health centers, this project aims to build the capacity of the health care workforce in inter-professional, geriatric primary care. 
The evidence-based resources demonstrate inter-professional standards of care for chronic disease management and geriatric syndromes. As part of this project, the modules can be accessed either through Hartford Institute’s ConsultGeriRN page ( or on its PCOA group page on, where advanced practice nurses in primary care have the opportunity to collaborate virtually to enhance their knowledge and skills. Free Nursing Continuing Education will also be available for those who qualify. This project is funded by a HRSA Comprehensive Geriatric Program (CGEP) award.
John A. Hartford Foundation Build Your Bandwidth Webinar Recording
Making News: A Guide to Connecting with Reporters and Bloggers and Getting Your Story Out

If you missed this webinar here’s your opportunity to learn about telling your story and working with the media. Have a listen!
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing and NHCGNE: 2014 Research Workshops
One-day Geriatric Nursing Research Workshops
These one-day sessions aim to actively engage junior and midlevel researchers in discussion and critical analysis of various components of research proposal writing. The goal is to foster successful programs of adult-gerontological research and to hone specific skills to gain a competitive edge for funding.
Southern Nursing Research Society Pre-Conference Research Workshop
February 11, 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Marriott River Center, San Antonio, TX
Cosponsors: Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
For a list of faculty, additional information and registration:
Eastern Nursing Research Society Pre-conference Research Workshop
April 8, 2014 1:00pm–5:00pm & April 9, 8:00am–11:30am

Sheraton Downtown, Philadelphia, PA
Cosponsors: University of Pennsylvania and Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Pennsylvania State University
For a list of faculty, additional information, and registration:
Western Institute of Nursing Pre-conference Research Workshop
April 8

Seattle Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA
For additional information:
Stay tuned for other potential opportunities, visit:, contact Malvina Kluger,
Health and Aging Policy Fellows: Applications due April 16, 2014
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, one of the NHCGNE’s partners, invites candidates with a strong commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in aging-relevant policy work to join the next class of Health and Aging Policy Fellows (2014-15). The program aims to create a cadre of leaders who will serve as change agents in health and aging policy to ultimately improve the health of older adults. The year-long fellowship offers a rich and unique training and enrichment program that is focused on current policy issues, communication skills development, and professional networking opportunities to provide fellows with the experience and skills necessary to affect change through policy at a local, state or federal level. The program has a broad interdisciplinary focus, and fellows have included physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dieticians, healthcare administrators, epidemiologists, economists, and lawyers from academic and practice settings, spanning career stages from newly minted PhDs to senior professors and community leaders. For more information, visit:
Developing Behavioral Interventions: A Summer Research Institute at John Hopkins: 
June 11-13, 2014

This research institute is designed to help participants develop testable interventions that have the potential for implementation in practice environments and advance appropriate trial designs. Junior faculty, post-doctoral students, researchers, or investigators with limited experience in health-related behavioral intervention research who are seeking to develop and advance a particular intervention to enhance the health and well-being of older adults, their family members, or communities. For details about the program, faculty and more, visit the website. Fellowships for investigators in nursing are available as part of a mentorship program awarded to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging from the John A. Hartford Foundation. To apply, contact
2014 Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars Program: July 28–August 1, 2014
This annual scholars program, hosted by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU College of Nursing, is an opportunity for researchers in academia or hospitals to participate in a week-long, intensive summer seminar for an in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized gerontologic nursing researchers. Space is limited!
Applications will be accepted starting March 1, 2014, and the submission deadline  is June 1, 2013. For a list of faculty and additional information, please visit: or contact Kim Cheng, 212.992.9416 or
Mathy Mezey NEF Geriatric Nursing Scholarship Fund
The John A. Hartford Foundation has endowed a Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., (NEF) Geriatric Nursing Scholarship in honor of Mathy Mezey, associate director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing. The naming of the scholarship recognizes her life-long work dedicated to geriatric nursing education and to improving the quality of care for older people.

 The NEF Mathy Mezey Fund will provide monies to students specializing in geriatric nursing at both the masters and doctoral levels of education. NEF, Inc., has served as the largest private, nonprofit, professionally endorsed source of funding for advanced study in nursing for over 100 years. Awards are provided to nursing students in accredited masters and doctoral programs, preparing leaders in education, practice, and research.

Funding is available beginning with applications submitted this fall for the 2014-2015 academic year. The NEF application period concludes February 1, 2014. 

For funding information see the Nurses Education Fund, Inc. website,
NEW Post-Master's Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing: Geriatrics/Inter-professional Primary Care for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions
NYU College of Nursing, in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, is now offering a Post-MS Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing: Geriatrics, with a special focus on inter-professional primary care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions.
The program, designed for the Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) looking to sit for the ANCC Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam, is a flexible, cutting-edge hybrid model divided between synchronous and asynchronous online education, virtual patient simulations, clinical experiences, and low-residency, on-campus classes tailored to the needs of a working professional. The Post-MS Certificate course load includes a unique one-week summer intensive of shared didactic and clinical experiences with NYU School of Medicine primary care residents and students from other NYU professional healthcare/social work programs. Participants will learn from an inter-professional team of nationally and internationally renowned faculty.
The program begins Spring 2014. For more information contact: Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Director, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at 212.998.5320, or Kimberly Cheng at 212.992.9416,
For program admission questions, requirements, and financial aid inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Ensweiler at, 212.998.5317 or visit
Healthcare Professionals to Meet in San Diego to Explore Innovative Solutions and Approaches for Improving Care of Older Adults
Registration Open for 2014 Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders Conference, April 6–8, 2014
More than 1,000 nurses and healthcare professionals from over 300 U.S. and Canadian hospitals will meet in San Diego, CA, for the 2014 Annual NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Conference, April 6–8, 2014, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The theme of this year's conference is “Care. Collaborate. Change.” The annual NICHE Conferences are designed to share evidence-based innovations and research. The goal is to support hospitals and other healthcare organizations in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times: quality care for older adults. For complete conference information and to register, visit
Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy: Applications Now Being Accepted
Developed through a partnership between the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), and The John A. Hartford Foundation, and currently funded by the Hearst Foundations and Hill-Rom, Inc., the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA) is an exciting, intense, and career-changing 18-month experience for nurses who are committed to leading health care practice changes for older adults. The purpose of GNLA is to develop the leadership skills of geriatric nurses in positions of influence in a variety of health care settings. GNLA prepares geriatric nurses to lead inter-professional teams effectively in improving the quality of health care for older adults and their families.
STTI is now accepting applications for GNLA Cohort IV. Please visit the STTI website for more information:
New Try This: Quality Improvement Series: Best Practices in Care of Older Adults
Developed by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (DC), this new series looks at improving quality and performance in the practice setting, with a focus on care for the elderly via safe delivery of high quality health care; a sound monitoring and evaluation process against evidence-based standards of care; and improved outcomes. This series has particular relevance to APRNs who are often responsible for QI activities.
The inaugural issue provides terms, principles, and approaches. Subsequent issues will focus on improving relevant clinical initiatives as they pertain to older adults. The series is edited by Leonard L. Parisi, MA, RN, CPHQ, FNAHQ, Vice President, Quality Management Metropolitan Jewish Health System; Sherry A. Greenberg, PhD(c) MSN, GNP-BC, New York University College of Nursing, is series Editor-in-Chief. Visit,

5. Announcements

Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award: Call for Nominations
The Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award recognizes outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research. The award will be presented at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, Nursing Care of Older Adults Interest Group Meeting and the recipient will present a special lecture. Deadline: May 1, 2014. For information:
NYU College of Nursing’s Dr. Elizabeth A. Capezuti Receives the AAN and Hartford Foundation’s Nurse Leader in Aging Award for 2013
New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and Hartford Foundation’s Nurse Leader in Aging Award for 2013 for her research and leadership in gerontological nursing, as well as her promotion of education, community outreach, and service.
The AAN and the John A. Hartford Foundation established the Nurse Leader in Aging Award in 2006. The award represents superior leadership, achievements, contributions, productivity, and influence on gerontological nursing and meeting the health care needs of the U.S. population.
Tara Cortes Recognized as a Key Member of the New York/New Jersey Nursing Community
Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive director of the Hartford Institute, NYU Nursing, has been recognized by as one of 25 key members of the New York/New Jersey nursing community in 2013 as part of the celebration of the magazine’s 25th anniversary. The article is available at,

6. Hartford Gerontological Nurse Leaders (HGNL) News 

Webinar Save the Date!
February 11, 1pm–2pm EST
Dr. Chad Boult, healthcare consultant and former director of the PCORI Improving Healthcare Systems Program, will lead a webinar sharing his experience with health services research and inter-professional teams. Visit for details.
Deborah D'Avolio, PhD ACNP, ANP-BC, associate professor at Northeastern University, has been elected to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow. 
Monika Eckfield, RN, PhD, Pat Archbold Scholar 2004–2006, is midway through her first year as an assistant professor of nursing at California State University, East Bay, where she teaches psychiatric mental health nursing and research utilization. She is also involved in two hoarding intervention research projects that are set to launch in January and February 2014, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about Dr. Eckfield’s work in the January issue of the HGNL newsletter.
Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, Pat Archbold Scholar 2007–2009, Claire Fagin Fellow 2010–2012, and assistant professor at the University of Missouri, is part of the 2013 cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. For this grant, he is conducting a meta-analysis looking at studies of adherence to antihypertensive medications in underrepresented populations. Read more about Dr. Ruppar in the January issue of the HGNL newsletter.

7. NHCGNE Member News

OU College of Nursing’s Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Secures $2.4 Million Grant From Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
A $2.4 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to the Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Health Sciences Center College of Nursing will give the center an important boost in its efforts to attract and provide additional educational opportunities for its doctoral-level nursing students (the center’s phase II operations) from 2013 thru 2017.
Building on its first five years, the Reynolds Center’s phase II objectives are to educate PhD nurse faculty to support the training of new nurses on care of older adults; distribute shared-use geriatric educational materials throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri, as part of a collaboration with the OU Health Sciences Center’s Heartland Telehealth Resource Network; and implement a new cross-campus community research and education partnership to promote interdisciplinary excellence in the science of aging in place. 
To learn more about the Reynolds Center at the OU College of Nursing, visit
University of Iowa

The University of Iowa Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence team hosted Hartford Board Chair Norm Volk and Program Officer Marcus Escobedo at a site visit on January 15-16.  Pictured (L to R): Marcus Escobedo, Keela Herr, Kristine Williams, Norm Volk, Janet Specht, Bonnie Kinkead, and Liz Swanson.
University of Utah

In early December 2013, the dean and several program directors and staff at the University of Utah College of Nursing Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNE) met with Claudia Beverly, director of the HCGNE at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, to share information and successes from the University of Utah’s RN-MS, DNP, PhD, and NEXus programs. The Center also hosted its annual site visit on January 7, 2014, with Rachael Watman and J Taylor Harden. This is the first time that the college’s new dean, Patricia G. Morton, has participated in this process, which has given her greater insight into the Center’s range of activities.
Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy: Third Completed Cohort
The third cohort of the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA) completed the experience with the presentation of posters by all Fellows, an invited special session, and a celebration at the Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention in November 2013. Each Fellow presented her achievement of outcomes within the three curricular domains: individual leadership and career development, advancement of practice through leadership of inter-professional team projects, and expanded scope of influence at the organizational, community, and professional levels. The inter-professional team projects were conducted within acute, long-term care, and community practice settings.
For more information and application materials for the next GNLA cohort, visit:

8. Link of the Month: Hartford Institute/NGNA Monthly Webinar Series

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing, and the National Gerontological Nursing Association jointly host a webinar series to improve nursing care for older adults. The one-hour webinars are held monthly and then archived on the Hartford Institute e-Learning center. The webinars, presented by expert faculty from NGNA and HIGN, present clinical topics relevant to improving the delivery of health care to older adults; upcoming topics are dementia, substance abuse, and falls. Visit:
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