National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Enhance and sustain the capacity and competency of nurses
NHCGNE is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to enhance and sustain the capacity and competency of nurses to provide quality care to older adults. We build upon the legacy of The John A. Hartford Foundation, which represents the gold standard of excellence in gerontology. Join us for the opportunity to build your institution into a gerontological nursing powerhouse.
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06/04/2020
www.geron.org

Thank you to our GSA colleagues for this infographic showing the impact of COVID-19 across age groups.
https://www.geron.org/images/gsa/reframing/AgeismInfographic_final.pdf

NHCGNE is honoring these dedicated individuals with The Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program, a Hart...
06/03/2020

NHCGNE is honoring these dedicated individuals with The Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program, a Hartford initiative that aims to recognize the leadership of nurse educators working with students, faculty, providers, and older people in diverse settings. This program is now in its third year. We have just over 90 Distinguished Educators and all that’s missing is you! http://ow.ly/NQxA50zXYWK

Receiving this award will help you stand out from the crowd as you advance in your career by identifying you as a leader, with expertise in gerontology both in and out of the classroom. The application deadline is July 13, 2020. Take a look at the award eligibility criteria and submit your application today! http://ow.ly/DWgT50zXYXe

06/03/2020

The Board of Directors has made this statement in response to recent events:
NHCGNE Statement
6/3/20
We denounce the institutional and systemic racism and recurring violence that denies African Americans and other minorities the opportunity for a life well-lived. Racism challenges their ability to achieve a healthy old age and negatively impacts their mental and physical health across the lifespan. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others whose lives were senselessly cut short by recent violent events.
We stand with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), and all other nursing organizations in calling nurses to action to constructively address changing our social systems to address the health disparities that have existed for too long in the African American and other minority communities.
Adopted by the Board of Directors 6/2/20

05/12/2020
PBS NewsHour

This is very powerful.
"The end of life, even in the midst of a crisis, should be a sacred time."
-Dr. Betty Ferrell

"It is a nurse who is holding the phone as a family member is saying goodbye to a patient that they can't even see," Betty Ferrell of City of Hope reminds us.

She gives us her #BriefButSpectacular take on supporting nurses and other health care workers during this pandemic.

Please join the continuing celebration of National Nurses Month!
05/11/2020
Editorial: Join in the extended celebration of nurses

Please join the continuing celebration of National Nurses Month!

May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday, marks the end of National Nurses Week, but this year National Nurses Month continues with the theme "Nurses Make a Difference." "Let's show them appreciation not just this week, this month or this year, but whenever possible," the writers of this editorial sa...

05/05/2020

NHCGNE supports the celebration of Nurses Month, 2020! Week 1 is focused on Self Care.

http://www.ihi.org/Engage/Initiatives/COVID-19-Rapid-Response-Network-for-Nursing-Homes/Pages/default.aspxDaily huddles ...
05/04/2020
Tackling High-Priority COVID-19 Challenges for Nursing Homes | IHI - Institute for Healthcare Improvement

http://www.ihi.org/Engage/Initiatives/COVID-19-Rapid-Response-Network-for-Nursing-Homes/Pages/default.aspx

Daily huddles start Monday May 4th at 12 EST!

The Rapid Response Network features a daily 20-minute National Nursing Home Huddle to provide real-time, pragmatic solutions that can be implemented in nursing homes today to solve many of the key problems brought about or exacerbated by COVID-19.

May is Nurse's Month Top 5 Mindfulness Tips for Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic [excerpts from]Dr...
05/02/2020
Top 5 Mindfulness Tips for Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Kelty Mental Health

May is Nurse's Month

Top 5 Mindfulness Tips for Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic [excerpts from]
Dr. Dzung Vo | March 26, 2020
https://keltymentalhealth.ca/blog/2020/03/top-5-mindfulness-tips-health-care-professionals-during-covid-19-pandemic

There is no doubt that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a high level of stress and distress, particularly among health care workers due to our unique role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. During a pandemic like this, our capacity to stay calm, present, and compassionate is more important than ever. The Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, describing the Vietnamese refugee crisis of the 1970s and early 80s, said “When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met with storms or pirates, if everyone panicked all would be lost. But if even one person on the boat remained calm and centered, it was enough. It showed the way for everyone to survive.”
Recently, a pediatric colleague asked me what my “top 5” mindfulness practices are during this time. While I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, here are the practices that I’m finding most helpful right now:
1. Coming back to the present moment. With so much uncertainty in the future days, weeks, and months ahead, all we truly have is the present moment. A simple way of coming back to the present is by using my breathing as an anchor. ........”
2. Gratitude. It’s important to acknowledge and accept the grief and sadness of what has been cancelled and lost during this time. Even while doing so, I also find it immensely helpful to train myself to bring awareness to the conditions that are still available to nourish my wellness in the present moment. Inspired by a poem I heard, I’ve invented the “This is not cancelled” practice: ..... For example, this morning for me it would be: “The morning sunlight reflecting on the skyline and mountains of Vancouver has not been cancelled.”....
3. Walking Meditation. Walking meditation has long been one of my favorite practices, especially when I’m feeling too stressed to sit still. During the pandemic, I find it deeply rewarding ... as long as it is still recommended ... away from other people. I walk with the primary intention of just enjoying the walk.....
4. Mindfulness of Media Consumption. Right now it is important to stay up to date with what is happening in the world, in our communities, and in medicine as the COVID-19 situation evolves so rapidly. ... I’m trying to find a balance of getting enough information to help me make informed and wise decisions at home and at work,....Mindfulness ...helps me to stop and make an intentional choice ... decide to put down the phone or turn off the computer for the night ....
5. Daily formal meditation. During uncertain and unpredictable times, maintaining some kind of daily routine is helpful. For me, maintaining a daily formal meditation practice gives me a short period every day to allow myself to “just be,” and not have to “do,” even if just for a few minutes. ... Right now the quality of being that is most helpful for me is self-compassion, and one of the practices that I am finding the most useful is the Self-Compassion Break. ...see Kristen Neff’s website. ....
May we all stay kind, stay calm, stay safe, and take good care of ourselves and each other during these trying times.

Send us your events, research findings and what things your school may be doing to promote gerontological nursing. All s...
04/29/2020

Send us your events, research findings and what things your school may be doing to promote gerontological nursing. All submissions should be 250 - 500 words and include any applicable links as well as images. All submissions may be sent to [email protected]

Join the Administration for Community Living for  Mental Health Awareness Day 2020Thursday, May 7, 2020, 1:00-2:30 PM ET...
04/28/2020

Join the Administration for Community Living for Mental Health Awareness Day 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 1:00-2:30 PM ET
http://ow.ly/5S3T50zpXrG

Let us know of people who are not already receiving the News Digest mailing list for member schools. If you know of facu...
04/27/2020

Let us know of people who are not already receiving the News Digest mailing list for member schools. If you know of faculty or PhD students that are not receiving this - email us at [email protected] with their name and email address.

NHCGNE invites individuals not affiliated with an academic institution to apply for individual NHCGNE membership, allowi...
04/24/2020

NHCGNE invites individuals not affiliated with an academic institution to apply for individual NHCGNE membership, allowing even more gerontological nursing professionals to join NHCGNE! http://ow.ly/rJJJ50yAwtO

Check out these funding opportunities!
04/20/2020
Two new IMPACT Collaboratory funding opportunities

Check out these funding opportunities!

Dear , The NIA IMPACT Collaboratory is excited to announce two new funding opportunities. We are reissuing the Pilot Grant Award and issuing a brand new Career Development Award. We would be grateful if you could widely disseminate the below ‘Request for Applications’ announcement...

Bloom into advertising with NHCGNE! Email info@nhcgne.org if you have any questions!
04/18/2020

Bloom into advertising with NHCGNE! Email [email protected] if you have any questions!

❗❗ GSA is continuing to move forward with plans for hosting the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, ...
04/16/2020

❗❗ GSA is continuing to move forward with plans for hosting the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, from Nov. 4 to 8, 2020. We are closely monitoring the latest COVID-19 developments as reported by the CDC and WHO. Vist www.geron.org for more info

Make sure youre following NHCNGE on our social media platforms!
04/14/2020

Make sure youre following NHCNGE on our social media platforms!

NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles about nursing for you!  http://ow.ly/eSBs50z3rzT
04/12/2020

NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles about nursing for you! http://ow.ly/eSBs50z3rzT

04/10/2020

Ohio State University - Research Intensive Workshop has been cancelled until further notice! For more information click the link: http://ow.ly/RZK350z3rbi

Justice in Aging Rejects Ruthless Utilitarian Policies that Devalue the Lives of Older Adults http://ow.ly/n0XI50z6O0D
04/07/2020

Justice in Aging Rejects Ruthless Utilitarian Policies that Devalue the Lives of Older Adults http://ow.ly/n0XI50z6O0D

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The U.S. health care system serves a large and growing population of older adults. By 2020, the numbers of older citizens will not only challenge the traditional notions of “old age,” they will also test the capacity of the nation’s health care system.

In 2000, in partnership with the American Academy of Nursing, the John A. Hartford Foundation launched the multi-million dollar Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Program to: (1) expand the scholarly and leadership base in geriatric nursing, and (2) establish centers of geriatric nursing excellence in top tier schools of nursing to enhance the schools’ infrastructure and capacity to grow the next generation of researchers and leaders.

Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN served as program director during BAGNC’s first five years. As a result of her expert leadership and guidance, the program generated a ground swell of interest in geriatric nursing, made a difference in geriatric health care, and changed the face of geriatric nursing faculty. On July 1, 2005, Patricia Archbold, RN, DNSc, FAAN, and Elnora E. Thomson Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Oregon Health & Science University, assumed the role of Program Director until her retirement in Dec. 2011. Leadership then transitioned to J Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, a 17-year veteran of the National Institutes of Health. In July of 2012, after months of planning and a name change to the “National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE),” the Coordinating Center moved from its 12-year home at the American Academy of Nursing to the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) because of their large, interdisciplinary-based membership and mechanisms to sustain the important work of the NHCGNE.

In August 2014, the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) experienced a name change. The Board of Directors voted to represent our unity as opposed to our plurality by removing the letter “S” from Centers in The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. On the surface, it appears as a small difference but reflects the larger variability across all member institutions including Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing and many schools that do not have Hartford or federally -designated centers. Each of the members is part of the greater whole and is represented by membership in the unitary National Hartford Center. The important and coalescing identity of the National Hartford Center membership is the uncompromising commitment to gerontological nursing excellence and quality health care for all older adults.

As of 2017, the National Hartford Center is now an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Center strives to continue its mission and vision under the leadership of our current president, Jan Mentes, PhD, APRN, FGSA, FAAN.

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Mary Wakefield PhD, RN, FAAN speaking about advocacy in rural America at Leadership Conference today.
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Enjoying the conference!
Attention nurses seeking funding for pre-evidence, nurse-driven programs focused on serious illness and end of life care for vulnerable populations. New Call for Proposals for $50,000, 1-year awards from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation. Letters of Intent due April 29.
Hi NHCGNE! There is a new RFP out from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation for our Emergent Innovation Program to jumpstart bold, early-stage nursing-driven interventions to health challenges faced by vulnerable populations. Apply!
Reserve your seat today for this year's NHCGNE leadership conference! http://www.nhcgne.net/annual-conference