Affiliated Schools and Initiatives

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 Hartford Center engage in activities that primarily promote geriatric nursing education, a major initiative of the Hartford 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 Hartford 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 Hartford 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

Partner Profiles

The Penn State Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCGNE) is one of eight centers selected through a national grants competition by the John A. Hartford Foundation and National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. We are proud to be the only rural Hartford Center in the eastern United States, with a special mission of outreach to rural schools of nursing both at the associate and bachelor's degree levels, not just in Pennsylvania, but throughout the middle-Appalachian states.

Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative

As an HCGNE, the Penn State Hartford Center is also proud to be part of the broader Hartford Geriatric Nursting Initiative (HGNI). Since 1995 and through a $67 million investment from the Hartford Foundation, the HGNI and its component programs have been preparing professional nurses to play leadership roles in improving the health and health care of older adults. Instrumental to these efforts, the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence support a national cohort of nurses each year to begin doctoral study in gerontological nursing with an emphasis on nursing education.

Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is collaborating with the Penn State and other Hartford 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