NGNA President-Elect Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA Directs $148,000 State Grant for Nursing Home Staff Geriatric Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recently announced the awarding of a State of Oklahoma and Federal (CMS) grant to fund the creation of the first in the U.S. geriatric education program for nursing home staff. Joanne Alderman, MS-N, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA, is project director of the $148,000 grant and manager of Geriatric Collaborative Care Nursing Services (GCCNS-LLC) here.

The purpose of the program is to provide geriatric training to non-clinical staff, certified nurse aides (CNA), certified medication aides (CMA), and nurses (LPN & RN) using the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program model. The model facilitates early recognition of geriatric syndromes and chronic diseases in the frail older adult.

Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla., a NICHE designated hospital, is sponsoring the two Tulsa nursing homes involved in the project: Oklahoma Methodist Manor and Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care.

According to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, “the breadth and depth of geriatric education and training for healthcare professions remain inadequate and despite some improvements, geriatrics principles are still too often insufficiently represented in healthcare training curricula and clinical experiences focused on gerontology are not robust.”


NGNA Releases National Standards Recommended to Prepare Nurses to Care for Older Adults

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce recommendations for improving educational preparation of registered nurses to care for older adults.

NGNA’s Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group developed a position statement in response to the growing numbers of older adults, estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to reach 20% of the total population by the year 2030.

“With less than 1% of the nation’s registered nurses certified in gerontological nursing, the need for strengthening the current and future nursing workforce to deliver excellent care to older adults is imperative,” says NGNA President Mary Rita Hurley, MPA, RN, FNGNA.

To read the entire Position Statement, click here.

Call for Proposals

The West Coast Region of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School and the PSU & OHSU IHI Open School Chapter are conducting a call-for-proposals for the breakout sessions at the first IHI Open School West Coast Conference (WCC) on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. The conference begins on Friday, April 17th and breakout session speakers are welcome to attend both days. 

The theme of the WCC is Interprofessionalism: Improvement, Safety, System Design, and Leadership. Each breakout session will be categorized and focused on one of these topics.

The WCC aims to educate and empower learners to be interprofessional collaborators with each other, their patients, their communities, and their health systems by:

  1. Disseminating evidence-based methods of interprofessional (two or more professions collaborating on a project) team-based care that enhance patient safety.
  2. Exploring system redesign and opportunities for multiple sectors and professions to interface to design a health services delivery system capable of achieving the Triple Aim.
  3. Spreading health systems improvement best-practices from interprofessional and student-led improvement projects.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, December 15th, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT


2015 STTI Board Leadership Institute

March 8-10, 2015
The Alexander Hotel
Indianapolis, IN
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Hartford Foundation Caregiving Story Contest

The John A. Hartford Foundation is seeking stories that bring to light the challenges facing family caregivers of older adults and demonstrate practical and proven ways to overcome difficulties and obstacles. The Foundation is looking for stories from family caregivers and health care providers that illustrate the strategies and solutions caregivers are using to effectively and gracefully care for older adults.

Submit your story, brief video, or photo essay by January 15, 2015 to be considered for the top prize of $3,000! You can find full contest details at

Hartford Foundation supports EWA and it is a good opportunity for nursing as it the winners are all over their website.

The deadline to submit is January 15, 2015.