Dean Fulmer ended her term as president of the Gerontological Society of America on a high note, presiding over the society’s annual meeting, held November 18 to 22, 2005, with 3,000 people in attendance.
Dean Fulmer Hosts Ambitious Annual Conference
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Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the NYU College of Nursing, ended her term as president of the Gerontological Society of America on a high note, presiding over the society’s annual meeting, held November 18 to 22, 2005, with 3,000 people in attendance. The event capped her highly productive year at the helm of the organization and reflected the strong influence she has had as the first nurse to lead this group.
Dr. Fulmer is an expert in care of older adults whose research has focused on acute care of the elderly and specifically elder abuse and neglect. She has also brought much attention to the need for interdisciplinary training and collaboration among caregivers for older adults through her extensive scholarship and teaching.
“As the first nurse to lead the Gerontological Society of America, I have been very pleased to represent the growing role that nurses play as researchers that shape policy and best practices in care of older adults and all people,” says Dr. Fulmer.
Dr. Fulmer is Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing and the co-director of The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU. She also directs the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers. Her expertise in interdisciplinarity dovetails with the mission of the Gerontological Society of America, which is in the forefront of advancing a team approach as essential to excellence in elder care.
NYU has made a significant contribution to the GSA agenda over the past year. Dr. Fulmer was responsible for developing the theme of the 2005 GSA annual conference: The Interdisciplinary Mandate of the GSA. The meeting, held in Orlando, Florida, featured symposiums led by the two organizations Dr. Fulmer leads at NYU: the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers and the Hartford Institute. Those symposiums addressed interdisciplinary approaches to mental health and substance abuse interventions in rural areas, interdisciplinary approaches to oral health, and elder mistreatment, among other topics.
Within the GSA, Dr. Fulmer has been instrumental in promoting the Nursing Interest Group and the Humanities and the Arts Committee, the latter to be led in 2006 by NYU faculty. Founded in 1945, the GSA is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5,000 members in the field of aging.