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The purpose of affiliations are to advance geriatric nursing by engaging faculty expertise across schools and by increasing student involvement in educational opportunities across university settings.

Affiliated schools and the Penn State Geriatric Center engage in activities that primarily promote geriatric nursing education, a major initiative of the Geriatric Center. These activities may take the form of journal clubs, faculty/student exchange or mentorship, research, or educational collaborations.

Affiliated Schools of Nursing at the Penn State Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence:

  • Create and effectively lead interprofessional teams to improve geriatric health care practice outcomes
  • Influence geriatric health care practices within a variety of settings
  • Improve geriatric health outcomes through leadership and enactment of evidence-based care
  • Disseminate “lessons learned” in leadership development to improve health care of older adults

University of Pennsylvania Collaboration

At the 20th Anniversary Scientific Sessions of the Eastern Nursing Regional Society Conference, the Penn State and University of Pennsylvania Geriatric Centers co-sponsored a reception to highlight the collaboration efforts between the two centers. Ongoing collaborative activities include:

  • Leveraging resources
  • Sponsoring Joint Hartford Scholars Seminars
  • Designing innovative doctoral courses
  • Partnering to disseminate “best practices”
  • Synergistic faculty/student exchange

Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is collaborating with the Penn State and other Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence to implement the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. The purpose of the academy is to develop the leadership skills of nurses in positions of influence in a variety of health care settings. Over the next three and a half years, with a $1.6 million grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing, the honor society and the Hartford Centers will together implement two academy classes that will prepare students to:

  • Create and effectively lead interprofessional teams to improve geriatric health care practice outcomes
  • Influence geriatric health care practices within a variety of settings
  • Improve geriatric health outcomes through leadership and enactment of evidence-based card
  • Disseminate “lessons learned” in leadership development to improve health care of older adults

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

University of Virginia School of Nursing