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AACN Awards Grant Monies to 18 Schools of Nursing in Support of Careers in Geriatric Nursing Hartford Foundation Supports Efforts to Improve Care for Older Adults

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AACN Awards Grant Monies to 18 Schools of Nursing in Support of Careers in Geriatric Nursing Hartford Foundation Supports Efforts to Improve Care for Older Adults

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 31, 2005 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has awarded grant monies to 18 nursing schools across the country to increase the pool of nurses prepared as experts in providing health care to older adults. With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation of New York, grant monies will be used to provide scholarships for over 70 new graduate students pursuing careers as geriatric advanced practice nurses.

“The John A. Hartford Foundation is clearly committed to improving the quality of nursing care available to our nation’s growing older adult population,” said AACN President Jean E. Bartels. “AACN is grateful to the foundation for its generous contributions to professional nursing education and for supporting this grant program that champions careers in geriatric nursing.”

Through the Creating Careers in Geriatric Advanced Practice Nursing project, AACN awards scholarship monies to schools of nursing with existing geriatric advanced practice nursing programs to increase student enrollment. The project was launched in 2001 using $2 million in funding from the Hartford Foundation. Although the initial Creating Careers project is now preparing over 160 individuals as geriatric advanced practice nurses, the need for a critical mass of skilled providers still exists. The project also provides for networking, mentorship, role modeling, and leadership activities between scholarship awardees and experts in geriatric nursing.

Schools awarded grant monies include Binghamton University, Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, Florida Atlantic University, New York University, Oakland University, Pennsylvania State University, Radford University, Seattle Pacific University, St. Louis University, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts at Worcester, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rhode Island, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Yale University. All schools receiving grants were required to provide matching funds. Scholarship monies will be disbursed to schools in Fall 2005.

Along with increasing the number and diversity of geriatric nurses, this initiative will help to promote opportunities for nurses to establish and build careers in geriatric advanced practice nursing, thereby improving access and quality of care for an ever-increasing aging population. “Continuation of this project will not only increase the number of practitioners, said Donna Regenstreif, Senior Program Officer with the Hartford Foundation, “but it will also enhance the leadership potential of geriatric advanced practice nurses, thus ultimately advancing the Foundation’s goal of ensuring quality care for our nation’s older adults.”

Read more about the geriatric nursing education initiatives supported by AACN and the Hartford Foundation at http://www.aacn.nche.edu/geriatric-nursing. For details about other gerontological nursing programs supported by the foundation, see http://www.hgni.org.

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is the national voice for university and four-year-college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 580 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.

The John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc. of New York is a private philanthropy established in 1929 by John A. Hartford. Mr. Hartford and his brother, George L. Hartford, both former chief executives of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation upon their deaths in the 1950s. Prior to 1979, the Foundation primarily supported clinically-oriented biomedical research projects. Subsequently, it focused its support on improving the quality and financing of health care and enhancing the capacity of the health care system to accommodate the nation’s growing elderly population. Since 1995 the Foundation has focused extensively on enhancing the nation’s capacity to provide effective and affordable care to its growing older adult population through grantmaking related to enhancing geriatric research and training (physicians, nurses, social workers), and integrating and improving health services for older adults.

 

CONTACT:

Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231
rrosseter@aacn.nche.edu