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Date: December 10, 2012
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm (ET)

Webinar Overview:

According to the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, all APRNs providing care to the adult population must be prepared to meet the growing needs of the older adult population. In recognition of this requirement, AACN will be hosting this live webinar for faculty teaching in Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) programs that prepare graduates to provide care for populations that include older adults but who are not adult- and/or gerontology APRNs. This webinar will be offered to assist faculty in identifying the competencies, resources, and strategies for enhancing gerontology content in Family, Psychiatric/Mental Health, and Women’s Health APRN programs. Additionally, participants will be provided an opportunity to ask an expert panel questions.


  • Discuss the implications of the Consensus Model for APRN faculty teaching in programs that prepare graduates to provide care for populations that include older adults but who are not adult- and/or gerontology APRNs (Family, Psychiatric/Mental Health, and Women’s Health).
  • Identify strategies and resources that foster the integration of geriatric content into Family, Psychiatric/Mental Health, and Women’s Health APRN programs.

Webinar Speakers

CacchionePamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, APRN, GNP, BC

Dr. Cacchione is an Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She maintains a clinical practice at the School of Nursing’s Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) program that serves 430 dually eligible older adults of West Philadelphia. She is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner who works with the Geropsychiatric team to meet the Mental Health needs of the LIFE members. Dr. Cacchione teaches Mental Health and Aging to Master’s and Doctoral Students. Dr. Cacchione was a faculty member of the John A Hartford Foundation Geropsychiatric Nurse Collaborative which developed Geropsychiatric Nursing competency curriculum enhancement statements and educational resources. She is currently the Director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cacchione’s research addresses sensory impairment in long term care elders to improve their quality of life. Her BSN was from Villanova University, MSN from Marymount University , PhD from Saint Louis University and Post-Doctoral training from the University of Iowa.

Joanne Miller Joanne Miller, PhD, APN/GNP-BC

Dr. Joanne Miller is an Associate Professor at Rush University, College of Nursing, in Chicago. Her PhD was from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master’s degree was from Rush University. She co-coordinates the adult-gerontological advanced practice nursing programs and teaches in the Generalist Master’s pre-licensure, DNP, and PhD programs at Rush University. She is the principle investigator for a 3 year HRSA grant to increase the ability of distance students to access gerontological APRN education. Joanne is the second author with Marcia Murphy on a soon to be published article in the Journal of the Academy of Nursing on Integrating Gerontological Content into APRN Programs. She is also a GNP at a Chicago Senior Center and coordinates the Wellness Programs at 5 senior centers.

Janis Puglisi Janis Puglisi, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PhD(c)

Ms. Puglisi has 13 years experience as a board certified family nurse practitioner, with most of this time providing primary care services. She recently spent three years teaching in the adult and family nurse practitioner programs of East Carolina University in Greensboro, North Carolina. During her time at East Carolina Ms. Puglisi participated in the Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development Program and undertook a project to evaluate portions of the adult and family nurse practitioner curricula against the Recommended competencies for older adult care for the family CNP and Women’s Health CNPs and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies. Ms. Puglisi is a 3rd year PhD nursing student at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  She is researching the relationship of Vitamin D, hypertension, endothelial dysfunction and depression. Her scholarship includes presentations at NONPF on the gerontology curriculum project and on Vitamin D at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She currently has an article in press with The Nurse Practitioner entitled, Vitamin D:  New implications for mood and blood pressure.

Joan Stanley Facilitator: Joan Stanley, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP

Senior Director of Education Policy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Webinar Recording

AACN Member Faculty Recording

NOTE: If you are a member of the AACN Collaboration Community, use the AACN Member Recording link to view this webinar. Please contact Courtney Geanetta, Faculty Programs Coordinator, at cgeanetta@aacn.nche.edu for to the community.

Registration for Non-Member Recording

This Webinar is generously funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation.