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September/October 2015

1. We are One: HGNL and NHCGNE Unification is Complete
2. Welcome New Members!
3. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative News & Events
4. Opportunities, Resources & Tools
5. Announcements
6. Link of the Month: NHCGNE Leadership Conference

1. We are One: HGNL and NHCGNE Unification is Complete

As the leaders of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) and the Hartford Geriatric Nurse Leaders (HGNL), we are delighted to announce the unification of HGNL and NHCGNE into a single entity under the NHCGNE name. Members of NHCGNE voted in August to approve the proposed bylaws changes, which effected this unification. The vote was the culmination of months of open forums and dialogue among leaders of the two organizations conducted with the intent to strengthen the voice of gerontological nursing, streamline organizational structures by avoiding duplication, and increase the sustainability of the unified effort.

The highlights of the unification are:
  • Former Hartford Foundation alumni (Archbold Scholars and Fagin Fellows) are granted Legacy Affiliate status in perpetuity. This status allows participation on committees and ability to run for election as Legacy Director on the Board of Directors.
  • Legacy Affiliates do not pay dues and cannot vote or hold office (except Legacy Director).
  • Existing HGNL committees merged with NHCGNE standing committees: Finance, Education, Membership, Program and Awards Selection.
  • Two former HGNL committees became NHCGNE standing committees: Mentor Network and Communications.
  • Each standing committee has a chair and a vice chair and for the first year a Legacy Affiliate will serve as vice chair for existing committees and as chair for new committees.
  • Three former HGNL committees became special interest groups open to all members and Legacy Affiliates: Geropsychiatric Nursing, Leadership and Policy, and Dissemination.
There were a few other bylaws changes approved along with the unification implementation:
  • The position of Early Career Director, who must be from a member institution, was added as part of ongoing commitment to leadership development.
  • All individuals who hold office or serve on committees must be current in GSA membership status.
  • Two new categories of institutional membership were established, particularly to accommodate international members.
Please join us at the Leadership Conference, November 17-18 in Orlando, to celebrate this unification!

Ginny Pepper                Melissa Batchelor-Murphy         J Taylor Harden
NHCGNE President      Former HGNL President           NHCGNE Executive Director
                                      Current Legacy Director
Leadership Development Opportunities
There are several opportunities for service on NHCGNE committees and special interest groups.   If interested, please forward your name by November 30, 2015 to  

The 2016 officers and chairs are:

President: Ginny Pepper
President-Elect: Claudia Beverly

Secretary/Membership Committee: Kristi Williams

Treasurer/Finance Committee: Lorraine Phillips, Chair

Directors at Large: Ann Kolanowski, Janet Mentes and Mary Beth Happ
Early Career Director: Tracey Yap

Legacy Director: Melissa Batchelor-Murphy

Education Committee: Jean Wyman, Chair

Nominations Committee: Claudia Beverly, Chair
Vice Chair: Elected by Nominations Committee

Program Planning Committee Chair: OPPORTUNITY

Awards Committee: Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, Chair

Mentoring Committee: Ashley Leak, Chair
Vice Chair: Ab Brody

Communications Committee: Fayron Epps, Chair

Special Interest Groups

Geropsych: Melodee Harris, Chair

Leadership & Policy: Melissa O’Connor, Chair

Dissemination: Helen Lach, Chair

2. Welcome New Members!

We would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new NHCGNE members:
  • DePaul University School of Nursing
  • Georgia State University, Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Marquette University College of Nursing
  • Rush University College of Nursing
  • University of California, Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing
  • University of Texas at Austin School 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!

3. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative News & Events

Webinar Recordings Now Available
Two new webinar recordings are now available on the Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts online forum (Change AGEnts login required).

“Using Stories in Practice Change” with Louise Aronson, MD, MFA
Practice and policy change require the support of multiple stakeholders—from systems leaders to older patients and their families. Across industries and cultures, stories consistently emerge as the most powerful way to educate, persuade, empower—and garner support for ideas, innovations and change of all kinds. In this session, stellar storyteller Louise Aronson provides 10 Tips for Storytelling Success and presents examples of how stories can help Change AGEnts connect with key stakeholders and craft stories that make a difference.

“What's a Researcher to Do? Opportunities for Practice and Policy Change in Aging,” featuring Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, and Lynn Fields Harris, MPA
Everyone in an academic position wants to ensure that their research is relevant and that it contributes to improving the care of older adults and their families. However, finding the time, making sense of competing responsibilities, and identifying effective ways to influence practice and policy can be daunting. In this webinar, Dr. Laura Gitlin and Ms. Lynn Fields Harris share their experience and insights into how researchers can effectively impact practice and policy change.

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 Linda Krogh Harootyan, Senior Advisor, at Please bookmark to keep up to date.

4. Opportunities, Resources & Tools

2015 NHCGNE Leadership Conference
Becoming Influential ... Becoming Entrepreneurial

November 17-18, 2015
Orlando, FL
Register now!

Join us in Orlando for the 2015 Nursing Leadership Conference! The conference will focus on developing leaders in gerontological nursing and system-wide health care to advance the quality of health available to older adults. We’ll hear from Drs. Kathleen Dracup, Eleanor Sullivan, Heather Young, Angela McBride, and others on the topic of leadership and becoming influential. There will be several opportunities throughout the conference to customize learning and strengthen your skill set. We welcome NHCGNE members and all nurses and interdisciplinary colleagues interested in providing the leadership needed to promote gerontological nursing excellence in the 21st century.

View the preliminary agenda and register here.
New Online Continuing Education Courses!

Two new online continuing education courses are now available on

"Depression in Older Adults" with Dr. Olimpia Paun, Rush University College of Nursing, and "Delirium: Reducing Iatrogenic Brain Injury in Older Adults" with Dr. Michele Balas, Ohio State University School of Nursing. The courses provide one CE and are $35 each. For more information, visit: or check out this flyer.

5. Announcements

Special Issue of Healthcare Features NHCGNE Researchers
Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, assistant professor, and Tracey Yap, PhD, RN, CNE, WCC, FAAN, associate professor, at the Duke University School of Nursing, co-edited a recent issue of Healthcare, “Nursing Care of the Older Adult.” The issue features articles and reviews by numerous NHCGNE Legacy Affiliates (former Hartford Foundation grantees).

6. Link of the Month: NHCGNE Leadership Conference

Get all the latest information about the Leadership Conference at There you'll find program highlights, the agenda, hotel information and more. Check it out!

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. Click here to donate.
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