NYU’s Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Develops iPad App for Health-Care Professionals

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at the NYU College of Nursing has developed ConsultGeriRN, an iPad app designed to help health-care professionals provide the best-quality care for older adults.

“This app marks the beginning of our journey to use mobile devices to get the most recent evidence-based practice content to nurses, physicians, and other health-care providers so they can give the best care to our older population,” says Tara A. Cortes, professor and executive director of the Hartford Institute.

ConsultGeriRN is a 24/7 mobile reference providing information and tools to treat common problems encountered in the health care of older adults. It is a powerful and readily accessible tool for health-care professionals as they meet new situations in everyday practice.

The Hartford Institute used the most current evidence-based practice standards for the care of older adults to develop this application. These standards of care are now available to health-care professionals worldwide, providing them with information at their fingertips. Current topics include delirium, agitation, confusion, fall prevention, and post fall evaluation.

The app is available for $1.99 in the iTunes store. 


Sheila Strauss to Study Novel Approach to Screening for Diabetes

Shiela Strauss, associate professor of nursing and co-director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for NYU’s College of Nursing and College of Dentistry, was awarded a $336,000 grant by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health to study a novel approach that uses oral blood samples to screen patients for diabetes in general dental practices.

The study, which is made possible by the unique organizational partnership between nursing and dentistry, will be recruiting 500 NYU dental patients with periodontal disease who seek care at 14 general practice clinics over a 15-month period. Both nursing and dental students will take part in the screenings, patient education, and follow-up.

The study seeks to assess the accuracy of patients’ test results, examine patient and provider views on the diabetes screening during dental visits, and compare socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with a positive screening result, charting their follow-up with a health-care provider.

“Expanding the types, venues, and approaches for diabetes screening may enable many medically underserved persons to learn of their condition sooner, thereby enabling them to prevent or delay major diabetes-related complications,” says Strauss. 


Ann Kurth Contributes to President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, has saved and improved millions of lives worldwide and offered proof that HIV/AIDS services can be effectively delivered on a large scale even in countries with high rates of disease and resource constraints, says a new congressionally mandated evaluation conducted by the Institute of Medicine.

The College of Nursing’s Ann Kurth, professor and executive director of NYU College of Nursing Global, was on the committee who authored the report. She presented the findings on behalf of the Committee to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which released a statement after a Feb. 20 report launch saying that they will convene a PEPFAR Interagency Committee to review all of the recommendations and create an action plan.

Even with PEPFAR’s substantial contributions to the global scale-up of HIV/AIDS services, there remains large unmet needs, the report notes, and future progress will require partner countries and donors to work together to make difficult but equitable decisions on how to allocate finite resources.  As PEPFAR increases its focus on fostering countries’ ability to take on greater long-term responsibility over time, results may not occur as rapidly or dramatically as in the past, the committee cautioned.

“However,” Kurth notes, “there remains an opportunity for PEPFAR in its ongoing work to contribute to a quiet revolution in how health aid is utilized, and how overall health in countries can be improved in strategic partnership.”


Nursing News & Notes:

Judith Haber, associate dean for graduate programs and the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing, recently received a three-year, $1.2 million Advanced Nursing Education Program grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the enhancement of advanced nursing education and practice.  

Ann Kurth, professor and executive director of NYU College of Nursing Global, is one of 19 nurse researchers who will be inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at the group’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, this July. 

Gail D’Eramo Melkus, the Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research, has been appointed to the “Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee” of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a two-year term. The committee was established to provide independent guidance and expert advice to the centers on specific clinical topics. 

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