Thursday, July 22, 2004: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Building Evidence for Innovative Models of Geriatric Care: The Experience of the Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the US

Learning Objective #1: Identify methods whereby schools of nursing can be positive forces in generating geriatric nursing science, building geriatric nursing capacity, and changing practice and policy
Learning Objective #2: Discuss nurse-driven models of community-based practice that facilitate quality of care and quality of life for frail, vulnerable elders
As with many parts of the world, the United States faces an enormous demographic shift in the aging population, significant shortages of nurses and physicians with expertise in geriatrics, and likely constraints on government spending in programs for the elderly. With the impetus of funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, five Schools of Nursing in the US have become Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, with the express purposes of expanding scholarship, testing and disseminating new models of care, and educating the next generation of clinicians and researchers in gerontology. In this symposium, each of the 5 Centers will report on one exemplar from their ongoing research portfolio, illustrating how we are collectively and synergistically building evidence for innovative models of geriatric care and influencing change in practice and policy. While each Center has distinct strengths and particular interests, given their geographic locations and particular missions, all have embraced the need for improving the care of older adults. To that end, the Centers have been especially interested in community models of care delivery, dementia care, and care at the end-of-life. Data will be presented to describe successful models of care, and to illustrate how research findings bolster improvements in the quality of care for frail elders. With commentary from the symposium moderator, who serves as Program Consultant for the Foundation, and the discussant, who is an expert on the nursing workforce internationally, parallels will be drawn to the larger global community, including ways to increase interest in the study of aging, the recruitment of more professionals trained in aging, andthe future of aging care worldwide in the coming decades.
Organizer:Cheryl Monturo, MSN, APRN, BC
Presenters:Claire Fagin, PhD, RN
Patricia D. Franklin, MSN, RN, PNP
Anne Marie Rafferty, BSc, MPhil, DPhil, RN, DN
 Palliative Care in Nursing Homes: Advance Directives and Events at the End-of-Life
Neville E. Strumpf, PhD, RN, C, FAAN, Cheryl Monturo, MSN, APRN, BC
 Hospice Workers’ Attitudes Towards Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids
Theresa A. Harvath, PhD, RN, CNS
 A Model Hospice
Jeanie Kayser-Jones, RN, PhD, FAAN, Alison Kris, RN, PhD, Diane L. Norcio, RN, MS, MPH, GNP
 Developing Care Delivery Models using a Community Partnership Approach
Claudia Jean Beverly, RN, PhD, FAAN, David A. Lipschitz, MD, PhD, Ronni Chernoff, PhD, RD, FADA, Robin McAtee, RN, MHSA, Gwynn V. Davis, MNSc, RN
 Innovative Nurse Models for Care of Persons with Dementia
Janet K. Pringle Specht, PhD, RN, FAAN, Meridean L. Maas, RN, PhD, FAAN

15th International Nursing Research Congress
Sigma Theta Tau International
July 22-24, 2004