In March, 2000, The John A. Hartford Foundation Trustees endorsed an initiative to Build Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity in response to the critical need for geriatric nurses at all levels. The initiative had three components:
- Support for five Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNEs)
- Grant scholar and fellow awards
- Create a Coordinating Center at the American Academy of Nursing
The OHSU School of Nursing was one of the first five institutions to be awarded one of these prestigious centers in 2001. In 2006, our Center was awarded an additional five years of funding to continue work in the arena of developing and expanding gerontological education and research, and in 2010, our Center was awarded two more years of funding. In addition to continuation grants to the original five Centers, in 2006, The Hartford Foundation was also able to launch an additional four Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.
The Hartford Foundation has awarded the OHSU HCGNE three additional years of funding. While continuing to grow gerontological nursing capacity, our goals during the 2013-2015 grant period will include the development of a family caregiver advice column and a long-term-care internship program. In addition, we are engaging in multiple interprofessional education developments and clinical practice partnerships that will dramatically change the quality of healthcare for older adults across America - in hospitals, emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and in rehabilitation and long-term care facilities.
In 2016 all National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence will need to be self-sustaining.