AACN Hartford-sponsored Faculty Development Project:
Enhancing Gerontology in Senior-level Undergraduate Courses
GNEC is a national initiative of AACN with generous funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation to enhance geriatric content in senior-level undergraduate nursing courses. This project is administered by AACN in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, College of Nursing.
As a result of this initiative, faculty at a majority of the baccalaureate schools of nursing across the country have been educated in the fundamentals of geriatric nursing and the use of geriatric curriculum resources. AACN is pleased to announce that 808 faculty representing 418 schools of nursing from all 50 states and Puerto Rico have been trained. Mexico and Canada have also been represented. The initial goal was to train up to 700 faculty across the country by the sixth and final institute which took place in Philadelphia, June 2009.
Using a train-the trainer approach, GNEC’s primary goal is to support and empower baccalaureate nursing faculty as they champion geriatric education, train other faculty, and oversee revision of the senior-level undergraduate curriculum at their home institutions. The six Regional Faculty Development Institutes held across the country between 2007 and 2009 were designed to cultivate faculty who:
- have knowledge in geriatrics
- recognize and integrate geriatric content into the undergraduate curriculum
- have positive attitudes about aging
The GNEC educational curriculum presented at the Institutes includes nine evidence-based modules each reflecting the State of the Science approach to care for older adults with complex care needs. The GNEC educational curriculum specifically addresses senior level courses and is based on Older Adults: Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Geriatric Nursing Care (Washington, DC: AACN, 2000). The content for each module evolved from a rigorous process of qualitative and quantitative consensus review made possible by the contribution of many outside collaborators. These collaborators included the GNEC Advisory Committee, Curriculum Committee, and expert curriculum module authors followed by review by an external editor.
AACN, in collaboration with the Hartford Institute For Geriatric Nursing, are currently developing additional content modules to include: Innovative Teaching Strategies, Nursing Homes as Clinical Training Sites, Culture Competency, Spirituality, and Sexuality. These new resources will be distributed electronically and via Webinars.
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