CONTACT: BONNIE MCINTOSH
101 Nursing Building
UI College of Nursing
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Nov. 15, 2002
Photo: Pictured (from left to right) are Kathleen Ann Long, AACN president;
Paula Mobily, UI associate professor of nursing; Melanie Dreher, dean of UI
College of Nursing; and Terry Fulmer, co-director of Hartford Foundation for
Nursing College gets national award for gerontology curriculum
John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, in collaboration
with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), has announced
the winners of the 2002 Awards for Exceptional Baccalaureate Curriculum in
Gerontologic Nursing. Presented at AACN's fall meeting, awards were given
to three schools of nursing: first place to Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center; second place to the University of Iowa College of Nursing; and honorable
mention to Southeastern Louisiana University.
"We are proud to honor three universities this year for their innovative
approaches to preparing nurses with the education needed to provide quality
geriatric care," said Mathy Mezey, Ed.D., professor of nursing education
and director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.
"I encourage nursing schools across the country to look to the 2002 winners
as strong examples of what can be done to improve nursing care for older adults."
Now in its fifth year, this national awards program was created to recognize
model baccalaureate programs in nursing with a strong focus on gerontological
nursing. Awards are presented to nursing programs that exhibit exceptional,
substantive and innovative baccalaureate curriculum in this subject area.
Beyond innovation, programs must also demonstrate relevance in the clinical
environment and have the ability to be replicated at schools of nursing across
Paula Mobily, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, accepted the award
on behalf of the UI. Mobily, along with UI college of Nursing colleagues Janet
Specht, Ph.D., associate professor, Deb Schoenfelder, PhD, associate professor
(clinical), and Sheryl Miller Thomas, lecturer, led the revision and implementation
of the curriculum.
"In the interest of better serving our aging population, U.S. nursing
schools are moving to adapt curriculum and add coursework to better prepare
the nursing workforce to care for older adults," explained AACN President
Kathleen Ann Long, Ph.D. "We are delighted to join with the Hartford
Institute in honoring curriculum leaders and sharing these winning models
with the world."
All curricula at the UI are based on holistic healthcare, developmental
aging and the needs of individuals and communities of people within the context
of an increasing proportion of older people in the population. Although age-related
content and applications are integrated throughout the undergraduate curriculum,
two courses, "Gerontologic Nursing" and "Gerontological Nursing
Practicum," are dedicated entirely to the nursing care of older persons.
The courses are based on the Hartford Institute-recommended content and
expose students to the exciting challenges and opportunities throughout the
breadth, depth and complexity of gerontologic nursing. By choosing electives
in other aging courses, a number of students also receive an interdisciplinary
Aging Studies certificate at graduation.
"The curriculum responds to the immediate need for nurses with geriatric
training and to the need for more nurses with advanced training for academic,
research and practice careers," said Meridean Maas, Ph.D., Sally Mathis
Hartwig Professor and director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric
Excellence. "We're hoping students will see how exciting it can be to
work in geriatric care."
In addition to those who led the curriculum changes, other UI College of
Nursing representatives recognized by the award include Maas; Keela Herr,
PhD, professor and chair of the college's Adult and Gerontology Area of Study;
Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., Kelting Dean and professor; M. Patricia Donahue, Ph.D.,
professor and executive associate dean; and Toni Tripp-Reimer, Ph.D., professor
and associate dean for research and scholarship.