Since 1996, the Hartford Foundation has committed over $73 million to advance geriatric nursing, supporting efforts focused at all levels of nursing education from the associate degree to the post-doctoral levels. The main goal of the Hartford nursing grants has been to ensure all nurses have the competence and skills to provide quality care to older Americans. Therefore, nursing grants have historically focused on two main strategies: growing the gero-expert nursing faculty and infusing aging into the nursing curriculum. By doing so, Hartford efforts ensure that both aging-focused faculty and curricula will ensure that nursing students, regardless of their specialization, are exposed to aging throughout the course of their education, ultimately improving the care they provide to older adults. Previously, the Foundation's nursing grants have been collectively known as the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative (HGNI). While that name--and the HGNI.org website--are no longer being used, most of the resources and links created during the initiative are accessible from this page.
Nurses are the largest segment of the health care workforce and play a critical, hands-on role in caring for sick and frail older adults. Nursing excellence can often make all the difference in delivering cost-effective, quality care. It is a powerful component in patient recovery, particularly when patients are sent home after shorter and shorter hospital stays.
Hartford nursing programs were featured in the 2001, 2006 and 2010 Hartford Annual Reports. Hartford nursing grantees have developed a variety of useful resources and tools for use by nursing students, faculty, practitioners, and development officers including:
|University of Minnesota, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education||Increasing Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) in Clinical Nursing & Health Professions Education|
|The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Inc.||Building the Capacity of the Aging and Disability Networks to Ensure the Delivery of Quality Integrated Care|
|University of Washington, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence||Building a Collective Strategy to Accelerate Progress in End-of-Life Care|
|American Geriatrics Society||Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program National Coordinating Center|
|Columbia University||The John A. Hartford Aging Society Index|
|Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc./Health Affairs||Publishing and Disseminating Early Lessons on Innovative Health Care Models for an Aging Population Renewal|
|New York University||Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders in Long-Term Care (NICHE-LTC)|
|American Geriatrics Society||Developing a National Collaborative to Improve Emergency Department Care of Older Adults|