Gerontological Nursing Honors Program

UNDERGRADUATE GERONTOLOGY HONORS

The final cohort of Gerontological Nursing Honors Program (GNHP) students will graduate in 2019. Over the course of the scholarship program, funded by The Hearst Foundations, 31 students have graduated with a Gerontological Nursing Honors distinction on their transcripts. These RNs represented all 5 OHSU SoN campuses and our virtual program. Since 2013, the granted has awarded $73,741 in scholarships.

The GNHP was designed for outstanding undergraduate nursing students to receive focused education, mentorship, and credits related to working with older adults. This unique honors program helped students understand the complex care needs of the aging population and prepared students for taking the next step in their education through an in-depth focus in gerontological nursing.  

About the program

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who provides support related to clinical placements and guidance regarding gerontological practice issues. Students complete online modules on gerontological nursing that apply concepts from pathophysiology, pharmacology, chronic illness, acute care, and population nursing in a variety of settings. Additionally, students enroll in the GNHP Honors Seminar (three, one-credit quarters) where they explore evidence for best practice, complete a scholarly paper on a gerontological practice issue of their choice, and meet advanced practice gerontological nurses and scientists to help them develop their ideas. Students are expected to complete the bulk of their clinical assignments in settings where older adults receive nursing care or other services. Some examples of these settings include acute, critical, and emergency care, neighborhoods where older adults live, and assisted living.

For more information, Marilyn Sanguinetti, Hartford Center Project Administrator, at sanguine@ohsu.edu