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The Nurse Competence in Aging Initiative

Encouraging expertise in the care of older adults

Stierle, Linda J., MSN, RN, CNAA, BC; Mezey, Mathy, EdD, RN, FAAN; Schumann, Mary Jean, MSN, MBA, CPNP, RN; Esterson, Jessica, MPH; Smolenski, Mary C., EdD, APRN, BC; Horsley, Karen D.; Rotunda, Nicole, BS; Brenner, Bradley R., PhD; Paulson, David, PhD; Huba, George J., PhD; Gould, Elaine, MSW

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: September 2006 - Volume 106 - Issue 9 - p 93–96
DEPARTMENTS: Professional Development

OVERVIEW Nurse Competence in Aging is a five-year initiative created in 2002 through an alliance of the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Foundation, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing. Its goal, at a time when more and more nurses are working with older adults in all settings, is to work with specialty nursing associations in encouraging nurses to gain dual expertise in geriatrics and another specialty.

Linda J. Stierle is chief executive officer of the ANA, Silver Spring, MD, and a principal investigator for the Nurse Competence in Aging (NCA) initiative grant awarded by the Atlantic Philanthropies. Mathy Mezey is director of the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing (Hartford Institute) at New York University College of Nursing, New York City. Mary Jean Schumann is director of Nursing Practice and Policy at the ANA and its project director for the NCA initiative. Jessica Esterson is a project director at the Hartford Institute for the NCA initiative. Mary C. Smolenski is director of certification at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Silver Spring, MD. Karen D. Horsley is the ANA's project manager for the NCA initiative. Nicole Rotunda is a past project manager at the Hartford Institute for the NCA initiative. Bradley R. Brenner is a project manager at the ANCC. David Paulson is director of Measurement Services at the ANCC. George J. Huba is founder and president of the Measurement Group, LLC, Culver City, CA. Elaine Gould is director for programs at the Hartford Institute.

The work of the following authors on the NCA initiative is funded in part or in full by a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies to the American Nurses Foundation: Mathy Mezey, Jessica Esterson, Mary Jean Schumann, Karen D. Horsley, Nicole Rotunda, Bradley R. Brenner, and David Paulson. The authors thank the following for their contributions to this article: Hongsoo Sheri Kim, Alexis Melendez, and Yamilee Bazile from the Hartford Institute; Emmeline Chuang, Maya Melczer, Le Quach, and Jennifer Ricards from the Measurement Group.

Contact author: Jessica Esterson, is coordinated by Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.