American Journal of Nursing partners with GSA to improve care of older adults

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN), the official journal of the American Nurses Association, and The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), a national organization of professionals in the field of aging, are teaming up to improve the care of older adults. Through a three-year project - the Geriatric Nursing Special Series - AJN and GSA will move best practices and deliver cutting-edge research information on the care of older adults to nurses across all clinical practices.

With more than 50 percent of hospital patients over age 65 and only 1 percent of nurses certified in gerontology, the series will help nurses in hospitals and nursing homes to develop the age-specific competencies required by federal regulatory agencies and the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Through the Geriatric Nursing Special Series, funded by two grants from The Atlantic Philanthropies totaling $700,000, AJN and GSA aim to:

  • Increase the number of nurses sitting for certification in geriatrics
  • Stimulate institutional changes in nursing care of older adults
  • Increase the number of certified and non-certified nurses in all specialties who are fulfilling their continuing education requirements through self-study in care of older adults.

With the help of national geriatric nursing researchers, AJN will produce a bimonthly series on nursing care of older adults, publishing 15 evidence-based articles and columns over a period of 30 months. Additionally, PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning, a leading developer of training solutions for health care and other industries, will join the partnership to produce broadcasts and other multimedia materials such as videotapes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs to disseminate the series and related information to institutions and facilities that employ nurses and others involved in hands-on care of older adults. The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing will also contribute to the pro

Contact: Todd Kluss
The Gerontological Society of America

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