New York University’s Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing to Receive AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award at National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Washington, D.C., May 15-20


Visionary Leadership Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes significant contributions that influence acute/critical care nursing and support association’s mission, vision and values

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing identifies and shapes best practices for care of older adults

Visionary Leadership Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes significant contributions that influence acute/critical care nursing and support association’s mission, vision and values

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing will receive the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award at the 2010 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, Washington, D.C., May 15-20.

The award, from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and GE Healthcare, recognizes significant contributions that influence acute/critical care nursing. This AACN Visionary Leadership Award also relates to the association’s mission, vision and values.

The Hartford Institute collaborated with AACN, in conjunction with the Acute & Critical Care Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing, to develop “Best Practices for Elder Care.” This online continuing-education course incorporates best practices related to hospitalized acutely and critically ill elders and changes during aging. AACN has also collaborated with the institute to develop a global vision statement about the care of hospitalized older adults.

Founded in 1996 with funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the institute is directed by Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN. To learn more about the Hartford Institute initiatives and projects, please visit www.HartfordIGN.org,  www.NICHEProgram.org and www.ConsultGeriRN.org.

About the AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award: The annual AACN-GE Healthcare Pioneering Spirit Award recognizes significant contributions that influence acute and critical care nursing regionally and nationally and relate to AACN’s mission, vision and values. Recipients of this Visionary Leadership Award come from business, academia and healthcare and receive a plaque and $500 honorarium at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition. Other Visionary Leadership Awards, AACN’s highest honor, include AACN’s Lifetime Member Award, Honorary Member Award and the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career.

About The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing: The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, at New York University’s College of Nursing, was founded in 1996 with funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the largest single supporter of nursing in the United States. The institute is the only nurse-led organization in the country that seeks to shape the quality of health care older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric competence in all nurses. By raising the standards of nursing care, the Hartford Institute aims to ensure that people age with optimal function, comfort, and dignity. The Hartford Institute is recognized as unique in its focus on disseminating best practices to nursing students, faculty, practicing nurses and policy makers.

About the National Teaching Institute: Established in 1974, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) represents the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners attend NTI.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization's vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme, #NTI2010.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;

Phone: (949) 362-2000; Fax: (949) 362-2020; www.aacn.org.



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