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Nursing gets national nod for geriatrics education

062613Feature_NursingSchoolUNCG’s School of Nursing continues to win recognition for its geriatric nursing curriculum.

The School of Nursing is among six schools of nursing nationwide chosen by the National League for Nursing to receive 2013 Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Awards.

“The commitment of all nursing faculty to the development of nursing students’ competencies in working with older adults is the primary factor in sustaining the geriatric content in our curriculum and our culture,” says Beth Barba, who directs the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project run by the UNCG School of Nursing with support from the Greensboro Area Health Education Center. “We believe that because the faculty, students and the community have a sense of pride and ownership of the geriatric curriculum integration, then geriatric sustainability is more viable.”

Faculty from the School of Nursing will accept the award in September during the NLN Education Summit in Washington, D.C. They will present their innovative approaches to teaching geriatrics at a pre-summit workshop.

To be considered for the Excellence in Geriatric Education Awards, nursing faculty had to complete an ACES workshop and integrate those ideas into the school’s curriculum. Connie Rankin, a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, completed the ACES training and took the lead in implementing ACES geriatric recommendations.

The School of Nursing’s geriatric curriculum has won three prior awards, all from the John D. Hartford Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

By Michelle Hines

Full story at UNCG NOW.