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J Prof Nurs. 2016 Jan-Feb;32(1):25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2015.06.004. Epub 2015 Jun 9.

Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders: From Funding Initiative to National Organization.

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Assistant Professor, NYU College of Nursing, New York, NY, 10010.. Electronic address:
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD, 21205.. Electronic address:
Associate Professor and Nursing Program Director, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.. Electronic address:
Associate Professor of Nursing, Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA.. Electronic address:
Research Scientist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.. Electronic address:
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Phoenix, AZ.. Electronic address:
Assistant Professor, Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, PA.. Electronic address:
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD.. Electronic address:
Assistant Dean for Nursing, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR.. Electronic address:
Associate Professor, Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston, MA.. Electronic address:
Associate Professor and Director, DNP Program, Jefferson School of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.. Electronic address:
Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC.. Electronic address:


In 2000, the John A. Hartford Foundation established the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program initiative, acknowledging nursing's key role in the care of the growing population of older adults. This program has supported 249 nurse scientists with pre- and postdoctoral awards. As a result of the program's success, several Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program awardees formed an alumni organization to continue to advance the quality care of older adults. This group of Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program awardees joined others receiving support from the John A. Hartford Foundation nursing initiatives to grow a formal organization, the Hartford Gerontological Nursing Leaders (HGNL). The purpose of this article is to present the development, accomplishments, and challenges of the HGNL, informing other professional nursing organizations that are experiencing similar accomplishments and challenges. This article also demonstrates the power of a funding initiative to grow an organization dedicated to impact gerontological health and health care through research, practice, education, and policy.


Academic; Aged; Education; Geriatrics; Nursing; Policy; Practice

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