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Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich
Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Programs and Projects

The Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (CGNE) and it’s affiliated faculty collaborate on several programs and projects nationwide.

Age-Friendly Care, PA

A collaboration between CGNE, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, College of Medicine and the Primary Health Network is improving the health of older adults in rural medically underserved areas of PA through education and integration of the 4Ms into the FQHC primary healthcare system.  

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Family-centered Function Focused Care (Fam-FCC)

This study will address the effectiveness of Family-centered Function Focused Care (Fam-FFC). Fam-FFC is a theoretically-based approach to care in which family caregivers partner with nurses to prevent functional decline and other complications related to hospitalization in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI)

PELI is a project that partners with nursing homes to provide education and training to prioritize person-centered care for residents.

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Program for Enhancing Excellence in Care (PEEC)

An eighteen-month pilot project was implemented in a skilled nursing facility and several day centers for older adults located in Central PA, to promote best practice approaches and enhance quality improvement.  

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Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care

The Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care is an academic initiative within the Geriatric Center at Penn State

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ReMind Lab

An interdisciplinary research team dedicated to identifying individuals at risk for cognitive decline and developing interventions to maximize everyday function and well-being.

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Researching Efficient Approaches to Delirium Identification (READI)

This project aims to improve the care of older adults by developing an identification protocol to detect delirium in hospitalized adults age 70 and older.

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Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence