Video Highlights New Relationship in Geriatric Research

In April 2009, more than 180 representatives from nursing schools, including four Hartford Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, hospitals and other healthcare facilities in 31 states and Australia convened in Durham, N.C., at the Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education and Simulation conference. This international conference presented nurse researchers, educators and clinicians with the opportunity to network and forge relationships that will lead to further investigative collaborations in geriatric nursing education and research.

A grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality supported the dissemination of select portions of this conference, such as videotaping of the keynote speeches and interactive clinical simulation sessions and publishing a special issue of the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.

During the two-day event, leaders from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing (SON) and the Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery in Adelaide, South Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This partnership will assist faculty from both schools in the future as they move to work together on several topics, including aged care, safety and quality, mental health, forensic nursing and abuse and women.

Several other connections were launched during the conference along with the one between the SON and Flinders. Flinders also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to collaborate in the future on dehydration research. In addition, initial groundwork was laid for a joint effort among Flinders, King’s College Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, a sister school to the SON, and the SON to establish a research agenda on incontinence in adults, especially the elderly.

Below is a video that discusses the burgeoning relationship between Flinders and the SON on future geriatric research and collaborations.

SON Faculty Member Receives Continuation Grant for Geriatric Simulation

SON faculty member Mary H. Palmer recently received a

School of Nursing faculty member Mary H. Palmer recently received a continuation grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration.

School of Nursing faculty member Mary H. Palmer recently received a continuation grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration.

three-year competing continuation grant from the Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program that is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grant’s primary purpose is to expand existing geriatric clinical simulations to include content on interdisciplinary community and cultural competence. These clinical simulations will also be disseminated to rural and underserved regions of North Carolina. Links with the AHEC digital library, Carolina Geriatric Education Center and the UNC Health Sciences Library Web page will also be established.

SON Faculty Member Becomes First Nurse Researcher to Receive Award in Geriatric Nursing

SON Umphlet Distinguished Professor in Aging Mary H. Palmer received two awards from the American Geriatrics Society during the organization’s annual meeting at the end of April in Chicago. These accolades acknowledge Palmer’s significant contributions to research, clinical practice and education in the field of incontinence.

At the meeting, Palmer became the first nurse researcher to receive the National Association for Continence and the American Geriatrics Society 2009 Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion Award. Established in 2000, this recognition highlights healthcare providers who excel in diagnosing, treating and managing incontinence.

In addition, she received the American Geriatrics Society Special Recognition Award for outstanding service on Public Education Committee and for advancing the Society’s charge of improving the health and well being of older adults.

Geriatric Nursing, Education & Simulation Conference CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2008

International Conference: April 2-3, 2009

Presented by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Adelaide, South Australia

Nurse educators, clinicians and administrators are invited to submit abstracts to present at this international conference designed to integrate clinical simulation, including the use of a human patient simulator, into teaching and training at all levels of nursing education and patient care. The conference will incorporate issues related to a range of environments, including classrooms, hospitals and long term care facilities. Presentations will focus on innovative, cutting-edge learning modules using simulations, scripted cases, online and distance learning. Conference organizers will accept 40 paper presentations and 15 poster abstracts after peer-review.

An innovative feature of the conference will include Hands-On Rotation using the human patient simulator, with customized geriatric cases, led by Carol Durham, EdD (c), RN, director of the Clinical Education Resource Center and the Center for Geriatric Clinical Simulations. Durham is considered one of the leading international experts on clinical simulations in teaching and training.

Abstract Guidelines:

  • Center the title of the abstract in 16 pt. Times Roman Bold Face, cap/lower case type at the top of the page.
  • List each author with name, credentials, affiliation, employer, city, state, country, contact address, e-mail address, telephone number and fax number for each author below the title.
  • Indicate the contact author.
  • Describe innovative research or programs involving simulation using a maximum of 250 words, in 12 pt. Times Roman font and send via email as an MS Word attachment.
  • Notice of Acceptance will be sent via e-mail by November 30, 2008.
  • Invited presenters must accept or decline no later than December 15, 2008.
  • Presenters much register for the conference no later than January 10, 2009.

This international conference will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. The season of spring in North Carolina is resplendent with blooming dogwoods, the sweet aroma of pine and temperate weather. It is a perfect time to visit.

For more information, contact Carolyn Davenport, BSN, project coordinator, “Improving the Nursing Care of Acutely Ill Elders,” a Health Resources and Services Administration DHHS Grant No. D62-HP01913, at (919) 966-0725, or


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