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Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich
Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Strategic Plan

The FOUR PILLARS of our center’s Strategic Plan include

  1. Educational Excellence, by developing and implementing innovative nursing and interprofessional education in gerontology — to better prepare nurses and improve interdisciplinary approaches to care.
  2. Scientific Research, by supporting and conducting studies to advance science in the health and care of older adults — with an emphasis on a person-centered care model of health care delivery.
  3. Translation of Best Practice, by applying and disseminating evidence based clinical practices into the continuum of care for older adults, which improve clinical care and health outcomes.
  4. Collaborative Partnership and Sustainability, by establishing community and clinical partnerships to better implement and sustain our vision.

Strategic Plan

The CGNE Strategic Plan was updated in 2020 with the following major goals: 

  1. To strengthen gerontological education at Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing. 
  2. To develop and implement innovative strategies to increase recruitment of gerontological graduate students. 
  3. To increase the gerontological collaboration internally and externally – among faculty, staff, students, healthcare providers and organizations, visiting scholars, national and international organizations.  
  4. To inform policy related to the quality of care and life for older adults on local, statewide, and national levels.  
  5. To leverage the Age- and Dementia- Friendly, PA initiative for potential research opportunities.  
  6. To increase visibility and understanding of our center with internal and external audiences and stakeholders. 

For more information about this five-year plan, specific action steps, timeline, and other details, please contact:
Janice Whitaker,
The Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Administrator and Community Liaison
or email 


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