Supporting the Hartford Center helps to educate geriatric nursing faculty today so they can prepare the next generation of nurses with high levels of geriatric competence for tomorrow.
Why philanthropy matters
As America ages, nurses will play a crucial role in ensuring that America’s health care system can respond to the diverse needs of a over 70 million older adults by the year 2030.
It is critical to increase the number of expert geriatric nurses in faculty positions in order to:
- Advance the research in gerontological nursing to improve the health and health care of older adults
- Provide geriatric education to nurses
- Role model enthusiasm for geriatric nursing practice in order to attract students into the field
In 2004, there were 1,887 advanced practice nurses in Oregon. While most of these clinicians work with an adult population, just 3% have specialized training in the care of older adults. Further, only 5% of Oregon nurses identify gerontology as their main focus, yet the majority of nurses, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists encounter older adults across all care settings and specialties.
Oregon is not unique in its relative paucity of geriatric-prepared nurses and other health professionals. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, stated that “the nation is not prepared to meet the social and health care needs of this population.” The IOM called for “fundamental reform” in the educational preparation and training of all health care professionals to ensure the geriatric competence of the general workforce and to increase the recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists.
You can help the Hartford Center at OHSU address the serious shortage of nursing leaders in gerontology education and research by giving to the Hartford Center.
We invite you to support the Hartford Center in the OHSU School of Nursing.
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