The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 13, 2005

Photos: (from top) Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., the Kelting Dean of the UI College of Nursing; Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Nursing and co-director of the Hartford Center at the UI

College Of Nursing Receives Renewal For Hartford Geriatric Center

The University of Iowa College of Nursing has received a five-year, $1 million grant renewal from the John A. Hartford Foundation to continue its work as a center for geriatric nursing research, education and practice.

"The renewal of the Hartford Center is highly important to the College of Nursing, which is ranked number two in the nation for its programs in gerontological nursing, and to the missions of the College and University to serve the citizens of Iowa," said Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., the Kelting Dean of the UI College of Nursing.

Established in 2000 with the support of the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York, the mission of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the UI is to produce and disseminate knowledge that will impact educational programs that prepare students for careers in geriatric nursing; current geriatric nursing practitioners; policymakers who influence the resources needed for caring for older persons; and the lay public.

"We are most grateful that the Hartford Foundation has continued to place its confidence in the important work of our Center by funding it for another five years. Its ongoing support will allow the Center to continue its mission of making a difference in geriatric nursing care and the quality of life for older people in Iowa and throughout the nation," said Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Nursing and co-director of the Hartford Center at the UI. "The renewal is a reflection of the UI College of Nursing's expertise in gerontological nursing and its positive impact on education, research, practice and policy."

Since its inception, the center has implemented a number of initiatives, including:

--The Young Gerontologic Clinician Program, a mentoring program for undergraduate students interested in a career in gerontological nursing. Under the direction of a faculty mentor and expert gerontological nurse clinicians, students work with older adults in a variety of clinical settings; develop and implement special projects; and participate in conferences and other activities related to geriatric nursing.

--The Young Scientist Program, an initiative enabling undergraduate nursing students to work with UI nursing faculty, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students or staff at UI Hospitals and Clinics who have an active clinical research project.

--Workshops designed for nurses, nursing assistants and other staff members at long-term care facilities that focus on specific care issues, such as pain management, skin care or urinary incontinence.

--Resources for nursing researchers, including the Gerontological Nursing Research Summer Scholars Program for faculty members at colleges of nursing throughout the Midwest. This program is designed to help faculty members develop research programs related to gerontological nursing.

During the next five years, the Hartford Center at the UI will maintain its efforts in these areas and also emphasize new initiatives, such as special programming for gerontological-focused doctoral students and programs within the other disciplines of elder care.

Collaboration with other schools of nursing, as well as researchers, clinicians and educators in other health care fields, have been key to the center's success, said Meridean Maas, Ph.D., Hartford Center director and former chair of the Adult and Gerontological Nursing Area of Study in the UI College of Nursing.

Founded in 1929, the John A. Hartford Foundation is committed to health care training, research and service system innovations that will ensure the well-being and vitality of older adults. More information on the foundation is available online at www.jhartfound.org.

More information on the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the UI is available online at www.nursing.uiowa.edu/hartford/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 30C Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Michele Francis, 319-335-8960, michele-francis@uiowa.edu