Professional Development

Those of us at HCGE are highly involved in developing and promoting programs responsive to your needs as gerontological experts. Some of the most recent programs include:


The Hartford Center hosted a Facilitated Learning to Advance Geriatrics (FLAG) program August 14/15, 2015 in Portland. The FLAG program is a nationally recognized faculty development experiential workshop designed for nurse educators in prelicensure programs. Merrie Kaas D.N.Sc., RN, CNS-BC from University of Minnesota and OHSU alumna Catherine Van Son PhD, RN presented a 2-day program that was a great success! It is estimated that the numbers of patients and families that will receive better care from just the people who attended is well over half a million! 

If you are interested in attending a future FLAG program keep checking the FLAG program website for notices of upcoming events.


Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA)

Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA) is a national program to develop leadership capacity in geriatric nurses who are engaged inclinical practice. The GNLA mentors are nurses committed to transforming geriatric care.

The GNLA is an 18-month mentored, leadership development experience offered by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). The purpose of the academy is to prepare and position nurses in various healthcare settings to lead interprofessional teams in the improvement of healthcare quality for older adults and their families. Designed for experienced gerontological nurses, the Fellows of the GNLA are chosen through a competitive selection process.