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ordinated by AAN, the program is de- signed to develop geriatric nursing leaders through its centers of geriatric nursing excellence, its scholars program, and other leadership building initiatives. The program is directed by Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN, former dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an American Academy of Nursing Living Legend. “Funding to these additional 7 uni- versities helps bring even more energy to our effort to develop nursing exper- tise in this important area of care,” said Fagin. New Initiative on Geriatric Nursing Education Issues Formal Report Outlining Goals and Strategies L eaders in the academic nursing com- munity have issued a formal report on goals and strategies to advance gradu- ate level nursing education in gerontol- ogy. The report outlines many recom- mendations regarding the development of curriculum, creation of national stan- dards in graduate level geriatric nursing, and the development of a national repos- itory of knowledge in the field. The final report, “Caring for Older Americans— Recommendations for Building a Na- tional Program for Graduate Nursing Ed- ucation in Gerontology,” is available online at www.geriatricnursing.org. “With an aging population and a no- table nursing shortage, building and strengthening gerontological nursing as an area of expertise and practice is impor- tant if we are to address obvious gaps in health care capacity,” said Claire M. Fa- gin, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program. According to a study presented to the expert panel convened to develop this re- port, only 4200 nurses (out of an esti- mated 70,000 to 80,000 advanced prac- tice nurses) have been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as advanced practice gerontologic nurses since 1991. Those 4200 nurses include 3400 geriatric nurse practitioners and 800 gerontologic clinical nursing special- ists. “This report also articulates objectives and strategies to achieve the goal of in- creasing the numbers of gerontological nurse practitioners. There is clearly an urgent need, and this report spells out how we aim to grow the numbers in this field,” said Fagin. Developing and issuing this report is one component of the multifaceted pro- gram “Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity,” which was initiated in 2000 to comprehensively address a vari- ety of needs in building geriatric nursing capacity. The 5-year program is sup- ported and funded by the John A. Hart- ford Foundation. Coordinated by AAN, the program is designed to develop geri- atric nursing leaders through its centers of geriatric nursing excellence, its scholars program, and other leadership building initiatives. The program is directed by Fagin, former dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an American Academy of Nursing Living Legend. AAN Development Committee P hase 1 of the Academy’s fundraising campaign has been very successful. The goal for the first year of the campaign was to raise $100,000 from current fel- lows. These funds were targeted for sup- port of the programmatic initiatives of the Academy, such as the scholars program, workforce project development, and lead- ership development. The campaign was launched at the 2000 annual meeting of the Academy. In the first year, we success- fully achieved the goal, raising more than $100,000. The second year of the cam- paign will be focused on increasing the percentage of participation among fellows and raising an additional $110,000 for the programmatic initiatives. At the 2001 annual meeting, a special session was held that focused on planned giving, which will be a part of the 2002 fundraising efforts. If fellows are interested in being a state representative to the Development Committee, please contact the chair. De- velopment Committee members include Joyce Fitzpatrick, Chair; Phyllis Ethridge; Vernice Ferguson; Margaret McClure; Nola Pender; Roy Simpson; Ann Whall; and Mary Woody. Also, in 2002 we will be launching a state-by-state fund-raising effort. AAN News & Opinion .................................................................................................................................. American Academy of Nursing 80 VOLUME 50 • NUMBER 2 NURSING OUTLOOK

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ordinated by AAN, the program is de-signed to develop geriatric nursing leadersthrough its centers of geriatric nursingexcellence, its scholars program, andother leadership building initiatives. The

program is directed by Claire M. Fagin,PhD, RN, FAAN, former dean of theUniversity of Pennsylvania School ofNursing and an American Academy ofNursing Living Legend.

“Funding to these additional 7 uni-versities helps bring even more energyto our effort to develop nursing exper-tise in this important area of care,” saidFagin. �

New Initiative on Geriatric Nursing Education Issues Formal Report Outlining Goals and Strategies

L eaders in the academic nursing com-munity have issued a formal report

on goals and strategies to advance gradu-ate level nursing education in gerontol-ogy. The report outlines many recom-mendations regarding the development ofcurriculum, creation of national stan-dards in graduate level geriatric nursing,and the development of a national repos-itory of knowledge in the field. The finalreport, “Caring for Older Americans—Recommendations for Building a Na-tional Program for Graduate Nursing Ed-ucation in Gerontology,” is availableonline at www.geriatricnursing.org.

“With an aging population and a no-table nursing shortage, building andstrengthening gerontological nursing asan area of expertise and practice is impor-tant if we are to address obvious gaps in

health care capacity,” said Claire M. Fa-gin, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of theBuilding Academic Geriatric NursingCapacity program.

According to a study presented to theexpert panel convened to develop this re-port, only 4200 nurses (out of an esti-mated 70,000 to 80,000 advanced prac-tice nurses) have been certified by theAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center asadvanced practice gerontologic nursessince 1991. Those 4200 nurses include3400 geriatric nurse practitioners and800 gerontologic clinical nursing special-ists.

“This report also articulates objectivesand strategies to achieve the goal of in-creasing the numbers of gerontologicalnurse practitioners. There is clearly anurgent need, and this report spells out

how we aim to grow the numbers in thisfield,” said Fagin.

Developing and issuing this report isone component of the multifaceted pro-gram “Building Academic GeriatricNursing Capacity,” which was initiated in2000 to comprehensively address a vari-ety of needs in building geriatric nursingcapacity. The 5-year program is sup-ported and funded by the John A. Hart-ford Foundation. Coordinated by AAN,the program is designed to develop geri-atric nursing leaders through its centers ofgeriatric nursing excellence, its scholarsprogram, and other leadership buildinginitiatives. The program is directed byFagin, former dean of the University ofPennsylvania School of Nursing and anAmerican Academy of Nursing LivingLegend. �

AAN Development Committee

Phase 1 of the Academy’s fundraisingcampaign has been very successful.

The goal for the first year of the campaignwas to raise $100,000 from current fel-lows. These funds were targeted for sup-port of the programmatic initiatives of theAcademy, such as the scholars program,workforce project development, and lead-ership development. The campaign waslaunched at the 2000 annual meeting of

the Academy. In the first year, we success-fully achieved the goal, raising more than$100,000. The second year of the cam-paign will be focused on increasing thepercentage of participation among fellowsand raising an additional $110,000 forthe programmatic initiatives. At the 2001annual meeting, a special session was heldthat focused on planned giving, whichwill be a part of the 2002 fundraising

efforts. If fellows are interested in being astate representative to the DevelopmentCommittee, please contact the chair. De-velopment Committee members includeJoyce Fitzpatrick, Chair; Phyllis Ethridge;Vernice Ferguson; Margaret McClure;Nola Pender; Roy Simpson; Ann Whall;and Mary Woody. Also, in 2002 we willbe launching a state-by-state fund-raisingeffort. �

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80 VOLUME 50 • NUMBER 2 NURSING OUTLOOK