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The Old Dominion University School of Nursing has received the John. A. Hartford Foundation's Infusing Geriatrics into the Curriculum Award for baccalaureate education in geriatric nursing. The award, presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) annual meeting, was presented to Karen Karlowicz, assistant professor of nursing, and Richardean Benjamin, chair of the school of nursing, in Washington, D.C.

Now in its ninth year, this national awards program was created to recognize model undergraduate programs in nursing with a strong focus on gerontological nursing. Awards are presented to nursing programs that exhibit exceptional, substantive and innovative baccalaureate curriculum in this subject area.

Old Dominion was recognized for a substantive and innovative undergraduate nursing curriculum. The program was particularly commended for including key information and issues central to caring for the highly specialized needs of older adults.

"We are so pleased to receive this award that recognizes our faculty's commitment to geriatric nursing," said Andrew Balas, dean of the College of Health Sciences.

As an award recipient, AACN will distribute Old Dominion's geriatric nursing curriculum to nursing programs nationwide.

The University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins University were also recognized for their programs involving geriatric education.

"Given the rapid aging of our population, we need to ensure that nurses in the educational pipeline are well prepared to provide the highest quality geriatric care possible," said AACN President Jeanette Lancaster. "AACN is proud to join with the Hartford Institute in recognizing four schools of nursing whose work to strengthen the geriatric nursing curriculum will enhance the quality of care available to older adults."

The Hartford Institute identifies and develops best practices in nursing care of older adults and infuses these practices into the education of every nursing student across the country. The institute educates the public to expect best practice and encourages national leadership to establish best practice as the standard for geriatric nursing care.

This article was posted on: November 29, 2006

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