Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA
Joanne Alderman, MSN,RN,BC,APRN, FNGNA
Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN, BC, CNE, FNGNA
Elizabeth "Ibby" Tanner, Ph.D., RN, FNGNA
Sandra Kuebler, MS, PhDc, RN
Denise Lyons, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, ACNS-BC, FNGNA
Sharon Wexler, Ph.D., RN, BC, FNGNA
Jackie Close, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
San Diego, CA
Monica Diehl, RN-BC, CHPN
BiographiesMary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, FNGNA
With more than thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry, Mary Rita Hurley has achieved success in practice, administration, academia and consultancy. She has held positions as a clinical nurse, Director of Operations, university faculty, Aging Initiatives Director, and Director of the International Leadership Institute of Sigma Theta Tau International. Currently, Mary Rita serves as the Executive Director of the Oregon Center for Nursing.
Mary Rita’s professional career has been dedicated to improving the health and health care of older adults. She has extensive experience in gerontology and managing the oversight of long term care and senior housing facilities in both urban and rural settings throughout the United States. She continues to provide consultation to the long term care and senior housing industry, focusing on regulatory compliance, policy and procedure development, nursing operations and leadership/mentoring strategies for department directors. Enhancing the leadership skills of nurses at every level of practice is a key focus of Mary Rita’s current work. Mary Rita is recognized nationally and internationally as a speaker and author on leadership and long term care operations. She serves on the Oregon Health Policy Research Workforce Committee and was recently appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Senior Services in Oregon.
Elizabeth “Ibby” Tanner, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Geronotology and Center on Aging and Health (COAH). She is a clinical nurse specialist and gerontologist who teaches gerontological nursing at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, practices as a geriatric care manager and conducts community-based research with a focus on at-risk older adults and interventions to maintain and promote health and independence, particularly in home and community settings. Her research has also included the study of a geriatric transitional care model and the impact on outcomes of hospitalized frail older adults. Dr. Tanner has contributed to the AACN/HIGN Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults, and has worked on gerontological nursing curriculum and encouraged student interest in the field of gerontological nursing for 2 decades. She advocates for services for older adults, serving as a member of the Commission on Aging for Baltimore City and board of directions for a low-income housing complex. She also provides consultation on evidence-based care guidelines for older adults and/or research in China, Germany and Australia.
Jacqueline Close is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from Corpus Christi State University, and her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University. Additionally, she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of San Diego.
Dr. Close has been a practicing nurse for over 30 years and has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the last 10. Her experience has covered a number of specialties to include medical, surgical, orthopedic, critical care, gastroenterology, psychiatry, and gerontology. Dr. Close is board certified as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist.
For her dissertation, Dr. Close focused on documentation of delirium in the hospitalized older adult. Her other interests include dementia, palliative care, and end of life care. Dr. Close is active locally and nationally in professional organizations related to gerontology. Dr. Close serves on the board of the National Gerontological Nurses Association and serves on the research committee of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Dr. Close served as a work group member on the American Nurses Association Gerontological Nursing Scope & Standards of Practice Revision. She is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, California Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau International, National Gerontological Nurses Association, Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing, and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.