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Ensuring Specialty Nurse Competence to Care for Older Adults: Reflections on a Decade of Collaboration Between Specialty Nursing Associations and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

Esterson, Jessica MPH; Bazile, Yamilee BA; Mezey, Mathy EdD, RN, FAAN; Cortes, Tara A. PhD, RN, FAAN; Huba, George J. PhD

Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 10 - p 517–523
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182a3e870

Geriatric preparation of specialty nurses is critical because their direct care and administrative responsibilities profoundly impact the care of countless older patients in all settings. For a decade, the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing, has worked with 54 national specialty nursing associations, and intensely with 14, to develop strategies for new standards for quality care for older patients. A successful blueprint for specialty associations to sustain and enhance these outcomes will be presented.

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Author Affiliations: Director, Specialty Associations (Ms Esterson); Project Director, REASN (Ms Bazile); Associate Director (Dr Mezey); Executive Director (Dr Cortes), Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, College of Nursing, New York University; President (Dr Huba), The Measurement Group LLC, Culver City, California.

Funding was provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Mezey, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, College of Nursing, New York University, 726 Broadway, 10th F, New York, NY 10003 (

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