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Improving the Quality of Geriatric Nursing Care: Enduring Outcomes from the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium

Deanna Gray-Miceli, Laurie Dodge Wilson, Joan Stanley, Rachael Watman, Amy Shire, Shoshanna Sofaer, and Mathy Mezey

Journal of Professional Nursing
2014
The nationís aging demography, few nursing faculty with gerontological nursing expertise, and insufficient geriatric content in nursing programs have created a national imperative to increase the supply of nurses qualified to provide care for older adults. Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC), a collaborative program of the John A. Hartford Foundation, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the New York University (NYU) Nursing Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, was initiated to provide faculty with the necessary skills, knowledge, and competency to implement sustainable curricular innovations in care of older adults. This article describes the background, step-by-step process approach to the development of GNEC evidence-based curricular materials, and the dissemination of these materials through 6-, 2-, and a half-day national Faculty Development Institutes (FDIs). Eight hundred eight faculty, representing 418 schools of nursing, attended. A total of 479 individuals responded to an evaluation conducted by Baruch College that showed faculty feasibility to incorporate GNEC content into courses, confidence in teaching and incorporating content, and overall high rating of the GNEC materials. The impact of GNEC is discussed along with effects on faculty participants over 2 years. Administrative- and faculty-level recommendations to sustain and expand GNEC are highlighted.

Deanna Gray-Miceli, Laurie Dodge Wilson, Joan Stanley, Rachael Watman, Amy Shire, Shoshanna Sofaer, and Mathy Mezey. (2014). "Improving the Quality of Geriatric Nursing Care: Enduring Outcomes from the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium." Journal of Professional Nursing."



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