New Directions | July 2019
A Gerontological Nursing Publication
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A Letter from the President
Happy summer! My first 6 months as president of NHCGNE have been eventful with activities such as revisions of bylaws, marketing the Gerontological Nurse Leadership program developed for the
VA-RECALL grant to community nursing homes, to continued promotion of our Distinguished Gerontological Nurse Educator program. 

In addition, we are proud to announce that we have a new Executive Director, Dr. Ellarene Sanders, who will be joining NHCGNE on July 1 st. Ellarene comes to us from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, where she will continue as an Assistant Professor. She has had experiences in academia, clinical practice and administration, having served as Interim Executive Director of the Texas Nurses’ Association. She is also certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive by ANCC. Welcome Ellarene!

We are also busy planning for our annual Leadership Conference, “ A Transdisciplinary Conference on Aging & Alzheimers: Caregiving, Diversity & Quality”, November 12-13, 2019 in Austin Texas.  Registration is now open and the call for abstracts will be posted soon. Please consider submitting a poster and encourage your colleagues to come to the conference — it is not to be missed.

Finally, nominations for important positions for officers and for the board of directors will be sent out in the next few weeks. Please consider nominating a colleague or self-nominate. Please contact Terri Cochran for more information. We have a dedicated board of directors who are determined to support NHCGNE into the future through commitment and innovation.
Janet C. Mentes, PhD, APRN, BC, FGSA, FAAN
President, NHCGNE
A Reply to the President
Written by:
Paige M. Bartlett, Public Information Specialist 
Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, Aljoya Endowed Professor & Director 
de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, School of Nursing
University of Washington 
We’ve all heard the statistic that the number of older adults is increasing. Often we also hear how this will strain our society, our economy and our health care resources. The popular narrative casts older generations as a burden to the younger ones and contributes to some of the negative opinions and stigma around aging. When people pose that aging itself is a problem, we need to push back. 
The School of Nursing (SN) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has been preparing outstanding students for challenging careers in nursing for more than four decades. As a pioneer of nursing education in Hong Kong, the School offers innovative nursing education to meet the changing emerging health needs of the community. A wide range of programmes from undergraduate to doctoral levels are provided. Our laboratories are equipped with the latest technology and simulators, furnished as hospital wards for nursing practice that helps to facilitate teaching, demonstration and return-demonstration. SN has produced more than 15,000 graduates since 1977 and currently we have more than 1,800 students enrolled for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Save the Date!
NHCGNE is coming to Austin, TX! Stay tuned to our website for more information coming soon!
Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
Why Sponsor?
Your support makes the NHCGNE Annual Leadership Conference the premiere event for the gerontological nursing community and is one of many reasons our attendees return year after year.
Check Out Some of the Opportunities!
Sponsor will get their logo on a durable neck lanyard. This lanyard will be a great keepsake! Includes all Silver Sponsor benefits.
Cost: $1,500 + Production & Shipping
Dress up this promotional hand sanitizer bottle to have your logo on this uniform! This ultra-slim bottle wears a label that looks just like nurse’s scrubs, complete with a blue V-neck scrub shirt & pocket. Includes all Friend Sponsor benefits.
Cost: $750
Remind attendees who you are: have your logo on a unique 3 in 1 pen. The Twist action pen has a professional appearance with its sleek black barrel and chrome accents. The pen includes a laser and a hidden USB flash drive. Includes all Platinum Bronze benefits.
Cost: $2,000
these UL Certified metal power banks keep your devices charged even when you're on the go. Power bank features a lithium battery with an 1800 mAh battery capacity and an 1100 mAh output capacity. Includes all Silver Sponsor benefits.
Cost $2,000
Student Travel Awards
We are accepting nominations through July 30th for early career predoctoral and doctoral students who are engaged in promoting gerontological nursing excellence.  The purpose of these awards is to support NHCGNE Leadership Conference travel for outstanding, early career predoctoral and doctoral students who are engaged in promoting gerontological nursing excellence. Students will be selected through a competitive process to receive one of three $250 travel awards.
Process of Application:
  • Personal statement from student describing research interests, career ambitions, and how attendance at the conference will enhance career development (500 words or less).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Letter of support from advisor/supervisor from school. This letter should indicate how the student will be supported for remaining travel expenses to the Leadership Conference.
Process of Selection & Delivery:
  • A panel of representatives from the NHCGNE will review the application package of all nominations.
  • A conference call will be scheduled between all reviewers for discussion and final designation of awardees.
  • Awardees will be notified no later than September 28th.
  • Recipients will be acknowledged during the NHCGNE Annual Breakfast Business Meeting at the Annual Leadership Conference on the morning of November 12, 2019. The applicant must commit to attending the Lecture.
  • After receiving notice of the award, the student awardees must notify the NHCGNE to confirm attendance to the 2019 Leadership conference by October 18, 2019
Claudia J. Beverly Innovation Award
The NHCGNE Claudia J. Beverly Innovation Award is designed to recognize and celebrate innovative programs and projects that highlight excellence in Gerontological Nursing. The Award will be granted to a member or team of NHCGNE members to showcase innovations designed and implemented that positively impact the nursing care of older adults. Nominations for the NHCGNE Innovation Award are submitted by self-nomination. Nominees must be a gerontological nurse from a member institution. 
  • NHCGNE member
  • Gerontological nurse
  • Recognizes work completed within the previous 3-year-period related to innovation in science, research, education or practice

Criteria for Consideration:
  • Compelling creativity;
  • A new, unique idea or a variation in an existing concept;
  • A significant impact on the quality of nursing care of older adults;
  • An improvement in healthcare delivery quality, efficiency, or cost effectiveness;
  • Collaboration, teamwork, and cooperation between disciplines, institutions, or organizations.
Process of Application, Selection & Delivery:
  • Self-nominations will be submitted to the NHCGNE with a one-page application form and a two-page narrative addressing each of the five criteria for consideration;
  • A completed nomination package in pdf format should be sent to Terri Cochran at no later than August 31st, 2019
  • A panel of representatives from the NHCGNE will review the application package of all nominations
  • A conference call will be scheduled between all reviewers for discussion and final designation of awardee;
  • A $250 cash award will be presented to the awardee immediately following the NHCGNE Breakfast Business Meeting on the morning of November 12, 2019. The applicant must commit to attending the Lecture to win.
Nominations are being accepted until August 31, 2019.
NHCGNE Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Applications Now Closed!
Support NHCGNE
You can now donate to the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE)  online

Your generous donation will be instrumental in the development of new programs, products and services that will enable us to sustain our efforts in strengthening gerontological nursing faculty development and leadership. 

The importance of your contribution cannot be overstated. In addition to all the work that you already do on behalf of older adults, this gift further demonstrates your personal commitment to prepare our country with a competent gerontological nursing workforce. 
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.
Check Out This Great Read!
NHCGNE has picked their "Read of the Month"! We find great articles about nursing for you! 

When older adults are included in group celebrations of national holidays, like 4th of July festivities, they feel more connected with family and friends and more   engaged in life . But some traditional activities might not be well-suited for seniors.

Fortunately, there are many creative ways to adapt Independence Day activities to meet your older adult’s needs.

We’ve rounded up more than a dozen ideas for adapting traditional activities so seniors can join in the fun while staying comfortable and calm.

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. 
2019 HIGN Interprofessional Summer
Research Scholars Program
The 22nd annual Summer Scholars program is a week-long, intensive, interprofessional seminar offered by the Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Focused on research related to the aging population, the program is led by geriatric experts from HIGN and includes faculty from the disciplines of social work, medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, physical therapy and other professional programs. This in-depth mentoring experience with nationally recognized geriatric researchers is open to any healthcare professional interested in advancing a research track in the area of gerontology. Many of our past participants have gone on to be awarded NIH and other prestigious funding. 
APRN Specialty Certification in Gerontology
The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association‘s mission is to promote excellence in advanced practice nursing for the well-being of older adults. GAPNA offers its members the support they need to continue their personal and professional growth by hosting cutting-edge conferences on developments in the field, as well as by providing online educational experiences such as webinars and online courses. These tools are meant to enable each member to perform to the fullest scope of their education and potential.
This year, GAPNA supports the Gerontology Nursing Certification Commission in the new APRN Specialist Certification Exam for highly skilled APRN who is looking to validate their skill in managing the care of older adults. 
Special Interest Group for International Engagement & Development (SIG-IED)
Claudia Beverly, past president of NHCGNE, began the development of a special interest group for international development, in the fall of 2017. By April 2018, the SIG was created with representatives from domestic and international NHCGNE centers. The group was renamed the Special Interest Group for International Engagement and Development (SIG-IED). The goals established focused on promoting global membership and involvement in NHCGNE by expanding the existing networks and enhancing international members’ access to the organization’s resources. Claudia Lai, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Elizabeth Beattie, Queensland University of Technology, serve as the Chair and Co-Chair of the SIG-IED. 
Other representatives include:
  • Sherry Dahlke, University of Alberta
  • Margaret Wallhagen, University of California, San Francisco
  • Ginny Pepper, University of Utah

The SIG-IED will be sharing more information on their work and aspirations at the annual NHCGNE Leadership Conference, November 12-13, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

With the world now being regarded as a global village, international development will certainly enhance the impact of NHCGNE on capacity building of gerontological nurses worldwide, as well as on the promotion of health and quality care for older adults and their families.

If you are interested in learning more and volunteering your time to aid NHCGNE in moving forward and adopting more strategies for international engagement and development, please contact
Infusion Nurses Society 2020 Call for Abstracts
Interested in speaking at a national conference?
The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is recognized as the global authority in infusion therapy and is dedicated to exceeding the public’s expectations of excellence by setting the standard for infusion care. INS is also dedicated to providing professional development opportunities, quality education, and advancing best practice through evidence-based practice and research.
Abstract submissions are due by July 12, 2019
Say it with "Got Content"!
Next New Directions Content Submission Deadline:
September 2019
Deadline: August 20, 2019 (Publish September 1)
Newsletter submissions should be sent to Laura Albrecht at  with 
NHCGNE New Directions Submission in the subject line.  
Positions Available!
Can You Dual at OHSU?
OHSU School of Nursing seeks faculty applicants for dual roles in research and teaching. Applicants are expected to maintain active programs of research and teach primarily in the PhD and DNP programs, and they should align with our values of integrity, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and excellence. Research-intensive faculty positions are designed to advance the School of Nursing’s reputation in research at OHSU and nationally, and to contribute to the teaching mission in the development of nurse scientists at all education levels but with particular emphasis on doctoral education. Reports to the Program Director most closely aligned with incumbents’ areas of specialization.

Eligibility for Oregon RN license and PhD or other research doctorate required. The University and School are top tier research environments, and Portland Oregon ranks highly in arts, outdoor recreation, and livability.
Oregon Health & Science University is Seeking Candidates like You!
The OHSU School of Nursing seeks a visionary academic leader for the role of Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs who can readily align with our values of integrity, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and excellence. We are fully committed to building a diverse organization and strongly encourage applications from minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. This role serves the School by providing:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Academic Program Development
  • Optimization of Human and Fiscal Resources

The Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (SADAA) serves as the Chief Academic Officer in the School of Nursing with responsibility for programs of excellence in teaching and learning. Leading the Office of Academic Affairs, this role lends thoughtful leadership and strategic guidance to program directors and faculty in the development, implementation and evaluation of the curricula spanning baccalaureate through doctoral education.

To discuss interest, contact Virginia Tilden, Sr. Associate Dean for Research at

Associate Dean for Academic Programs Faculty Position 
he University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing seeks dynamic, mission-minded, academic leader to maintain and grow the reputation of the College of Nursing as a regional, national, and international leader in nursing education.  

Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Julian Tunno, Manager of Executive and Faculty Recruitment at Contact Julian Tunno by phone at 501-686-2590.

Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care 
The University of Utah College of Nursing seeks an established, visionary scholar to fill the Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care. The Endowed Chair primarily will teach end-of-life, palliative, and hospice care courses/course content, and/or provide clinical care, as well as advance the discovery, organization, transmission, and/or application of knowledge to improve the unique health care needs of patients near the end of life. The Endowed Chair is a 5-year tenure-line or career-line appointment, renewable upon successful review. Academic rank and salary for this full-time, 12-month appointment will be commensurate with qualifications.  

Endowed Professorship Position In Gerontology
The University of Iowa College of Nursing seeks an established senior faculty member in gerontological nursing to support the mission of the college and provide leadership and mentorship in research and gerontological initiatives through collegiate and interdisciplinary aging opportunities, including the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, the Center on Aging, and the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative. The candidate will join a dynamic faculty within a collaborative research university with excellence in aging research. Excellent interdisciplinary collaboration potential also exists through the interdisciplinary Geriatric Education Center, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, National Health Law and Policy Resource Center, Public Policy Center, Institute of Neuroscience, and other health care networks. 

  • Earned doctorate in nursing or a doctorate in a related field with a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing
  • Must be eligible for or currently licensed to practice nursing in the state of Iowa
  • Focused program of research related to gerontological nursing
  • Evidence of Intraprofessional collaboration to advance team science
  • Distinguished record of substantial external research funding

Associate Dean of the PhD Program
The University of Maryland, School of Nursing (UMSON) is seeking a dynamic academic leader for the role of Associate Dean of the PhD Program who can align with our core values: accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, knowledge, leadership. The Associate Dean of the PhD Program is member of the Dean’s leadership team and collaborates with other Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and faculty to advance the strategic goals of the school. This position reports to the Dean and is 50% administrative, while the remainder will be devoted to one’s own research, practice, teaching and service.

  • PhD or equivalent research intensive doctoral degree in Nursing or related field
  • Evidence of sustained program of research in areas aligned with UMSON and affiliated university recognized organized research centers (Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center, Center for Health Outcomes Research, Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research)
  • Experience chairing PhD dissertation committees in Nursing or related discipline
  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills
  • Eligible for appointment as tenured associate or full professor
  • Eligible to serve as a regular faculty member of the UMB Graduate School