DEC. 28, 2000 | The College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received $1.3 million from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York to improve the quality of health care for elderly Americans.
“Hartford’s Board of Trustees approved these grants to build academic geriatric nursing capacity. As one of the nation’s outstanding authors of gerontological nursing, the UAMMS College of Nursing will add considerable strength to the Foundation’s new initiative,” said Corinne H. Rieder, Ed.D., executive director of The foundation.
The five-year grant will establish the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the College. It is one of five recent awards by the private philanthropic group.
Other schools of nursing receiving grants are at Oregon Health Science University, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Iowa and the University of Pennsylvania.
Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., will serve as principal investigator on the project. Dr. Beverly is associate professor in the College of Nursing and associate director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging. Kathy Richards, Ph.D., R.N. is co-principal investigator.
The health of elders has been a major focus of the College over the last 25 years. The gerontology faculty members have assumed strong leadership positions in nursing research, with $8,548,372 in funding over five years for studies that emphasize promoting functional independence, focusing on patients with dementia and related disorders and their caregivers.
In addition, faculty of the College of Nursing has participated in interdisciplinary gerontological studies totaling $24,738,567 through key relationships with the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging and Department of Geriatrics. Other innovative post-doctoral study in mental health services research, funded by the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and the Department of Psychiatry, has provided unique opportunities for gerontological nurses to be involved in interdisciplinary education and research.
To prepare nurse leaders to develop supportive care for elders, the College will offer a B.S.N. Honors Program in gerontology, a B.S.N. to Ph.D track with a focus on gerontology, and a web-based curriculum consultation service to help other schools of nursing develop gerontological content.
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