Nurses comprise the largest single component of hospital staff, they are the primary providers of hospital patient care, and deliver most of the nation's long-term care. "By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age" (Retrieved 2/11/2020 from https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/cb18-41-population-…).
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 52 million older adults.
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
According to a report published by the Oregon Center for Nursing, "Characteristics of the Nursing Workforce in Oregon -
2016", there were 3,489 advanced practice nurses practicing in Oregon. While most of these clinicians work with an adult population, a small percentage have specialized training in the care of older adults. Furthermore, only 3.4% of Oregon RNs identify geriatrics 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 (2008)", 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 geriatric education and research by giving to the Hartford Center.
We invite you to support the Hartford Center in the OHSU School of Nursing.
You may visit the OHSU Foundation site to make a gift online.
You may also contact Mark Kemball, Director of Alumni Relations and Education Development, or Chelsea Benedict, Director of Development, who will work closely and confidentially with you and your financial advisors to ensure that your gift achieves you individual goals and expresses you personal vision.
We are grateful to those who have supported the Hartford Center and thank you for your continued support!