Nurse to Hold Position
Dr. Terry Fulmer, Dean of the NYU College
of Nursing, concluded her term as President of the Gerontological
Society of America (GSA) on a high note, presiding over the society’s
annual conference in November, with over 3,000 people in attendance.
The GSA is a non-profit professional organization with more than
5,000 members in the field of aging. Dean Fulmer is the first nurse
to hold the position of President.
An expert in the care of older
adults whose research has focused on acute care of the elderly and,
specifically, elder abuse and neglect, Dean Fulmer has also brought
much attention to the need for interdisciplinary training and collaboration
among caregivers for older adults through her extensive scholarship
"As the first nurse to lead the GSA, I have been
very pleased to represent the growing role that nurses play as researchers
who shape policy and best practices in the care of older adults and
all people," said Dean Fulmer.
As President of the GSA, Dr.
Fulmer was responsible for developing the theme of the 2005 GSA annual
conference, "The Interdisciplinary Mandate of the GSA." The
conference, held in Orlando, Florida, featured symposia led by the
two organizations Dean Fulmer heads at NYU: the Consortium of New
York Geriatric Education Centers and the Hartford Institute. Among
the topics covered were interdisciplinary approaches to oral health
and eldercare mistreatment.
Within the GSA, Dean Fulmer has been
instrumental in promoting the Nursing Interest Group and the Humanities
and Arts Committee, the latter to be led in 2006 by NYU faculty.
achievements as President of the GSA," said Dean Alfano, "are
representative of the high level of excellence that she brings to
all her activities. NYUCD is extremely proud of her leadership in
the critically important field of aging."