New Directions| January 2020
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A Letter from the President
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, as designated by the World Health Organization. It is so designated to commemorate the 200th birth of Florence Nightingale. It is interesting to note that Nightingale advocated for improved nutrition, exercise, sanitation and clean air (several social determinants of health) to improve the health of persons under her care, which is taking an increasingly important role in present day nursing care. I have not discovered what she recommended for a long life (she lived to 90 years), but from her written works she would likely think that we were on the right path by focusing on preventive actions such as diet/exercise and environmental issues...
It's a lofty ambition, but we share UVA's mission to enrich the mind by stimulating and sustaining the spirit of free inquiry. 

An excellent education is based on humanistic approaches that foster critical thinking and awareness of social and cultural diversity. Our faculty regards each student as a unique individual with special talents, needs and goals, and we endeavor to provide an environment that helps students realize their full potential, both personally and professionally....
Check Out This Great Read!
NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles about nursing for you! 

... If nothing else, resolutions provide us with goals and purpose in our lives. Rush University has conducted studies that show people who view life with a sense of purpose are two to four times less likely to develop Alzheimer's. Purpose gives you discipline. Another Rush study notes that self-disciplined, highly organized people are less susceptible to Alzheimer's...

Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Certificate
Did you miss the deadline to apply for the 2019 Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing? Were you thinking about applying and decided against it? Don't fret! Applications to apply will be available in Spring of 2020
Purpose:    Given the rapidly growing older adult population and the urgent 
need to prepare the future nurse workforce to care for an aging population, 
it is imperative to have well prepared nurse educators not only with knowledge and skills in care of older adults, but also with teaching competence so that they can foster positive attitudes toward older adults and actively engage learners at all levels.

The Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program (the Program) is a Hartford initiative that aims to recognize the leadership of nurse educators working with students, faculty, providers, and older people in diverse settings.
Emory Roybal Center for Caregiving Mastery Opportunity
University of Pennsylvania Online Course | Foundations in Transitional Care
The Membership Committee Needs Your Help!
The Membership Committee is eager to identify prospective member schools. Do you know a geriatric nursing champion at a school that is not a member of NHCGNE? What about a Dean who is not aware of our organization? The Membership Committee is looking to connect with them but we need your help! 

If you could, please forward the names and emails of these champions and leaders and we will do the rest. The committee will provide helpful information on the benefits of membership along with an invitation to our upcoming leadership conference. We can also mention you as the referral contact, if you wish. We look forward to your referrals and growing our amazing organization.
University of Oklahoma HSC PhD Scholarship Available!
The Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center announces new $150,000 PhD Scholarships available in 2019-2022 supporting full-time PhD study in Nursing, with a focus in adult and older adult healthcare. The Scholarship offers up to three years of support with a value of $50,000 per year for tuition and fees, conference travel and a monthly living stipend. The PhD Program is fully online providing strong individual mentorship with visits to campus for intensives. For more information click the button below or contact Denise Short.
Hong Kong Online Course | Frailty in Daily Living
Need more convincing? Here are three reasons to take the course!
  1. Prevention: To prevent and manage frailty in our daily living for you and your patients
  2. Engagement: To obtain a professional gerontological training for you, your colleagues,and your students
  3. Networking: To connect renowned scholars in one single platform for you and your colleagues

For questions or more information please contact Dr. Rick Kwan, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
2020 Membership Renewals
Do You Know Someone Who's Not Getting Our Newsletters?
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  with their name and email address. 
Say it with "Got Content"!
Next New Directions Content Submission Deadline:
March 2020
Deadline: February 20, 2019 (Publish March 5)
Newsletter submissions should be sent to Laura Albrecht at  with 
NHCGNE New Directions Submission in the subject line.  
Positions Available!
Clinician Educator
Unique clinical faculty positions now available
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing seeks visionary master’s-degree or doctorally prepared physician assistants and nurse practitioners to join our faculty and provide clinical care as well as hands-on education. These clinical educators play a hands-on role in the development of high-impact and interprofessional programs at our innovative, new school while they also provide care.

Clinical practice
Clinical educators provide health care in local, community settings approximately 80% of the time. The clinical placements may be at UC Davis Health in Sacramento or in another regional, partner setting. Clinical educators provide direct patient care and precept graduate School of Nursing family nurse practitioner and physician assistant students. This includes overseeing procedures, providing feedback and assisting with training. These clinical educators also participate in building and role-modeling team-based care in clinical settings and serving as an exemplar for interprofessional practice. 

The remaining approximately 20% of time, these faculty participate in an educational capacity, which includes teaching small groups, participating in clinical skills workshops as well as mentoring and guiding students. The educational component also includes scholarly activity and committee service.

For more information
If you are interested in more information, please send an email with your questions to
Nursing: Nursing- Doctoral (DNP/PhD) Faculty
East Carolina University College of Nursing is currently seeking applications for a full-time 12-month faculty position to teach graduate students in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care (AGPCNP), and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialties.

  • The College of Nursing research emphasis areas include broad areas. Teaching will include courses in the BSN to DNP Program (AGPCNP and FNP) and Post Masters DNP options, assisting with clinical evaluation (site visits), academic advising, and participating in DNP Projects. Fixed term or tenure track available to the title or rank of Instructor or higher.

Minimum Qualifications Include:
  • A valid non-restricted North Carolina registered nurse license is required upon employment.
  • Master’s degree in Nursing required along with terminal degree (DNP, PhD, or related terminal degree). Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
  • Three years of advanced practice clinical experience.
  • Approval to practice as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina upon employment.
  • National certification as an AGPCNP.
  • Scholarship activity, effective oral and written communication skills, and effective interpersonal skills to work with a diverse population of students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse faculty and student body.
  • Experience Mentoring Students.