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AACN, the Hartford Foundation and NYU Honor Nursing Schools for Innovative Gerontology Curricula

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For Immediate Release


AACN, the Hartford Foundation and NYU Honor Nursing Schools
for Innovative Gerontology Curricula

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 15, 2007 - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), in collaboration with The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing and New York University (NYU), is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 Awards for Baccalaureate and Graduate Education in Geriatric Nursing. Presented at AACN's Fall Semiannual Meeting on October 28, awards were given to a faculty member at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and to the University of Portland School of Nursing. 

Now in its tenth year, this national awards program was created to recognize model baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing with a strong focus on gerontological nursing. Awards are presented to nursing programs that exhibit exceptional, substantive, and innovative curriculum in this subject area. Beyond innovation, programs must also demonstrate relevance in the clinical environment and have the ability to be replicated at schools of nursing across the country.

"Schools of nursing nationwide recognize the need to better prepare nurses to provide geriatric care given the shifting demographics of the patient population," said AACN President Jeanette Lancaster, PhD, RN, FAAN. "AACN is proud to join with the Hartford Institute and NYU in recognizing nurse educators whose work to strengthen geriatric nursing curriculum will enhance the quality of care available to older adults."

Awards were presented in two categories to the following:

  • Geriatric Nursing Faculty Champion
    Laurie Kennedy-Malone, PhD, APRN BC, FAANP, FAGHE, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • Baccalaureate-Level Curricular Innovation
    University of Portland

Reviewers sought small, innovative, and promising programs, as well as larger, well-established curricula, that could be showcased as proven models of excellence. Among other elements, such programs have separate, free-standing courses that focus on gerontology; use multiple clinical sites creatively; form partnerships with community resources; have faculty knowledgeable in and committed to geriatric nursing care; and integrate gerontological experiences into the overall curriculum.

To read out more about this year’s award recipients, see the Abstracts and Profiles listed below.


Abstracts and Profiles

Geriatric Nursing Faculty Champion Award
Laurie Kennedy-Malone, PhD, APRN BC, FAANP, FAGHE
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Submitted by: Dean Lynne Pearcy,PhD, RN, CNAA

Profile: Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone, an ANCC certified gerontological nurse practitioner since 1982 and a nurse educator at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) since 1990, serves as the Program Director of the adult/gerontological nurse practitioner concentration since she first received the federal funding in 1992. Dr. Kennedy-Malone has been successful in obtaining HRSA funding for over 12 years.  There have been over 200 gerontological nurse practitioner graduates from the nurse practitioner program, and she was nominated for this award by her peers for her consistent dedication and expertise as a geriatric nursing faculty champion.

Dr. Kennedy-Malone served as a member of the Advanced Gerontological Nursing National Expert Panel for AACN and the John A. Hartford Foundation where she participated in the development of the AACN Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Competences for Older Adult Care (2004) and is currently a member of the AACN Creating Careers Advisory Panel. She is also one of the authors of Management Guidelines for Nurse Practitioners Caring for Older Adults published by F.A. Davis.

Baccalaureate-Level Curricular Innovation Award
University of Portland School of Nursing
Faculty: Karen Cameron, MSN, RNC
Interim Dean:  Joanne Warner, DNS, RN

Abstract: The University of Portland School of Nursing Client Partner Project is an innovative model that introduces beginning nurses to older adults and provides the foundation for infusing geriatric content throughout the undergraduate nursing curriculum. This project partners each student with an elder in the community and integrates gerontology content in all five courses in the foundational first semester junior curriculum. Approximately 120 elder-student partnerships occur each fall semester and approximately 100 each spring.

Back row: Lynne Pearcy, dean, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Casey Shillam, Instructor, University of Portland; Joanne Warner, interim dean, University of Portland

Front Row: Jeanette Lancaster, AACN President; Laurie Kennedy-Malone, Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Karen Cameron, Instructor, University of Portland; Barbara Krainovich-Miller, Professor, New York University

Click here to view the 2007 Awards Booklet




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 670 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 Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, proudly housed at the New York University College of Nursing, seeks to shape the quality of health care older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric competence in all nurses. By raising the standards of nursing care, the Hartford Institute aims to ensure that people age with optimal function, comfort, and dignity. The Hartford Institute identifies and develops best practices in nursing care of older adults and infuses these practices into the education of every nursing student and the work environment of every practicing professional nurse. The Hartford Institute encourages national leadership to establish best practice as the standard for geriatric nursing care.


Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231