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We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.

I am honored to be appointed as the new director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at OHSU. OHSU School of Nursing was recognized as one of the five original Hartford Centers in 2001 and has a rich history of innovation, including community involvement, student engagement and support at all levels, enhancing practice, and innovative research. We will be building on this rich history as we grow the Center and embrace interprofessional/interdisciplinary education, practice, education, and research.

I come to OHSU from the University of Utah College of Nursing where I served as the associate director for education and practice of Utah's Hartford Center. I bring a background in and commitment to care of older adults, in particular, pain and symptom management and hospice, palliative, and end of life care. I also bring experience in and a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching, research, and service.

Our official goals for the coming years include:

1.       Increase the number of new PhD-prepared gerontological nurses.

2.       Increase the long-term viability of the Center by developing sustainable funding.

3.       In collaboration with the nine other Centers, implement a national strategic plan to advance geriatric nursing faculty development.

We will also focus on a long-term plan for the Center beyond its sustainability, including engaging the School of Nursing community and colleagues from within the University and other academic organizations and building and sustaining community partnerships. It is an exciting time for our Center as we look to the future. Check back here often for an update of our Center web site, and, of course, news from us.

Being entrusted with the leadership of this Center is humbling.  When I think about this Center's rich history I recall the phrase, attributed to Mary Osborne that started my greeting: We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. I look forward to building on the past to a new and exciting future!

My sincere thanks,

Pat