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AACN Joins with the Alliance for Aging Research to Rally Support for Geriatric Health Care Education

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AACN Joins with the Alliance for Aging Research to Rally
Support for Geriatric Health Care Education

Initiative Advances the Work of The John A. Hartford Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2002 - Today, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that it is joining with the health care community to raise awareness of the critical need for more nurses and other health professionals specializing in geriatric care. AACN joins with the Alliance for Aging Research to focus attention on expanding education programs and adapting curriculum to better equip health professionals to provide quality care to older adults.

"AACN recognizes that the number of nurses specializing in geriatric care is insufficient to meet current and projected demands," says AACN President Carolyn A. Williams. "The association vigorously supports the mission of the Alliance for Aging Research, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and other groups working together to bridge this health care gap and infuse geriatric curriculum into the education of every nurse."

AACN is currently administering two programs aimed at advancin g geriatric nursing education that are generously supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation of New York. The Geriatric Nursing Education Project was created to enhance geriatric nursing content in baccalaureate and advanced practice nursing programs. The project encourages curricula innovations, supports new alliances between the educational and practice settings, and identifies model programs that may be mirrored at institutions nationwide. The Creating Careers in Geriatric Advanced Practice Nursing initiative provides scholarship monies to schools of nursing to expand opportunities for nursing students to choose a career in geriatric advanced practice nursing.

"Policymakers, health care providers, and the academic community must work together to ensure that the specific health care needs of our nation's senior population are met," adds Dr. Williams. "Federal solutions including financial incentives for nurses to further their education and increased funding for geriatric research and geriatric centers of excellence must be considered as mechanisms to address this particular shortage of health care professionals."

For more information on programs of The John A. Hartford Foundation, see http://www.jhartfound.org/grants/grants.htm. For more information on AACN's programs, click here.

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 570 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. www.aacn.nche.edu.

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