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The John A. Hartford Foundation Awards New Funding to AACN to Support Faculty Development in Geriatric Nursing

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For Immediate Release

The John A. Hartford Foundation Awards New Funding to AACN
to Support Faculty Development in Geriatric Nursing
New Initiative Will Create Champions for Geriatric Nursing Education
at Most U.S. Nursing Schools Offering Baccalaureate Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 9, 2005: AACN is pleased to announce that The John A. Hartford Foundation has generously awarded the organization a $2.6 million grant to support a new initiative titled Enhancing Gerontology Content in Baccalaureate Programs. Funding will be used to prepare a cadre of nursing faculty with the necessary knowledge, skills and resources to strengthen geriatric content in senior-level baccalaureate program courses. Nurse educators completing this program will be expected to share their new expertise with their faculty colleagues as well as students preparing to enter the nursing workforce.

“AACN is very grateful to the Hartford Foundation for their strong commitment to supporting geriatric nursing education and their efforts to improve the quality of health care and patient safety,” said AACN President Jean E. Bartels, PhD, RN. “This new initiative will allow AACN to reach hundreds of nurse educators in baccalaureate nursing programs who will in turn prepare thousands of new nurses with the skills needed to provide the best care possible to older adults.”

The new Enhancing Gerontology Content grant will focus on faculty development as a necessary precursor to successfully implementing and sustaining enhancements in nursing education programs. This initiative builds on a previous Hartford Foundation-AACN effort to stimulate the creation of geriatric-focused curricula for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. The new grant will cultivate faculty who have knowledge in geriatrics; are able to recognize and integrate geriatric content into undergraduate curriculum; and foster positive attitudes about aging. Using a train-the-trainer approach, nursing faculty will be prepared to lead their colleagues in “gerontologizing” senior-level curricula as well as teaching and mentoring students in the care of older adults.

“This important initiative will prepare nursing educators to serve as champions for geriatric education who are able to train fellow faculty and oversee curriculum revisions at their home institutions,” said Hartford Foundation Senior Program Officer Donna I. Regenstreif, PhD. “The Foundation is pleased to be working with AACN on providing the nursing workforce with the unique skills and resources needed to provide excellent geriatric care.”

AACN will issue a Call for Applications in January 2006 for baccalaureate nursing programs interested in participating in this program. For more information about the geriatric nursing education initiatives supported by AACN and the Hartford Foundation, see For details about other gerontological nursing programs supported by the Foundation, see



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 585 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. For more information about AACN, see

Founded in 1929, The John A. Hartford Foundation is a committed champion of training, research and service system innovations that promote the health and independence of America’s older adults. Through its grantmaking, the Foundation seeks to strengthen the nation’s capacity to provide effective, affordable care to this rapidly increasing older population by educating “aging-prepared” health professionals (physicians, nurses, social workers), and developing innovations that improve and better integrate health and supportive services. The Foundation was established 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. Additional information about the Foundation and its programs are available at


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