/////Benefit Luncheon Supports Geriatric Nurse Training
Benefit Luncheon Supports Geriatric Nurse Training 2018-01-05T09:19:46+00:00

April 25, 2008 | Continuing to be a vital member of the community was the theme of an annual benefit luncheon for a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing program that specializes in care for the elderly.


Funds raised by the luncheon help support the annual eight-week geriatric nursing externships that are awarded by the Arkansas Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.


Pleasant Valley Country Club was the site of the April 15 benefit luncheon, which was emceed by Jane Krutz and featured keynote speaker Allan Ward, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


“With continued support like this, we can continue to meet the needs of older Arkansans,” said Claudia Barone, Ed.D., A.P.N., dean of the UAMS College of Nursing. “There is much important work and research still to be done, and we sincerely appreciate the continued support.”


Following a humorous introduction by veteran public speaker Krutz, Ward tapped into his rich background of community service, communications expertise, multi-cultural awareness and community activism to deliver “The Sage in All of Us.” Ward shared his insights and wisdom about continuing to be a contributing member of the community and gave away free copies of his most recent book, “Postmodern Zen: A Path of Paradox and Process.”


“There are so many good people involved in this program and they are the ones who make it work,” said Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., RN, director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. “Your support allows our team to keep serving the needs of people aging in Arkansas.”


The competitive geriatric nursing externships that the benefit luncheon supports are offered during the summer between students’ junior and senior years. Students train with nursing leaders, researchers and educators and work at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging Senior Health Center, the UAMS College of Nursing, selected nursing homes and outpatient facilities.


The UAMS College of Nursing was one of just five universities nationwide to be awarded a Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence in 2000 by the John A. Hartford Foundation in New York. The goal of the Arkansas Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence is to improve health care of older adults by implementing innovative programs in geriatric nursing education, practice and research with an emphasis in leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration.


The three juniors selected for externships this summer were announced at the luncheon and include Mary Shannon Dorman, Amanda Draper-Lem and Lauren Simpson.