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|SOUTHEASTERN NURSING HONORED NATIONALLY AS MODEL
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana
University School of Nursing has been selected for honorable mention in
a national competition that recognizes excellence in geriatric nursing.
Now in its fifth year, the John
A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing/American Association
of Colleges of Nursing Award for Exceptional Curriculum in Gerontologic
Nursing recognizes model baccalaureate programs in nursing.
nursing program serves as a model for exceptional, substantive and innovative
curriculum in gerontology," said Amy Berman, director of nursing education
initiatives at the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric
Southeastern's curriculum will
be featured in the institute's booklet, "Baccalaureate Models of Excellence."
"With the current emphasis on
moving health care to the community, it is important that students gain
experience with older adults in their communities," said Donnie Booth,
dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. "We therefore thread
adult care throughout Southeastern's nursing
program at all levels."
Southeastern's current free-standing
gerontological nursing course emphasizes the healthy aging process as well
as health promotion and prevention for well and frail older adults, Booth
said. In the clinical lab
course, students learn hands-on by working with older people in community
"Southeastern's nursing curriculum
expands content learning from courses such as developmental psychology,
nutrition, pharmacology, and elective courses, such as ‘death and dying'
into its nursing courses," said Barbara Moffett, head of Southeastern's
"In clinical lab, students use community
activities in clinical settings, such as the National Senior Games and
the Louisiana Senior Olympics, home health and assisted living facility
visits that teach them how to work effectively with older people."
In the past year, Southeastern
nursing students have worked at regional fairs, festivals, dairy days,
spring garden shows, women's group meeting, Councils on Aging and other
community day programs with health promoting activities. Among services
offered to the public in southeast Louisiana are free health
fairs, nutrition lectures, no-cost mammograms, cholesterol screenings,
and blood pressure and blood sugar checks.
The award marks the second major
recognition of Southeastern's nursing program this year. Earlier this year,
the Louisiana State Nurses Association Foundation cited Southeastern as
the state's Nursing Program of the Year. The nursing program has 1,340
undergraduate students and 52 students pursuing graduate degrees.
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric
Nursing, housed at the Division of Nursing, in the Steinhardt School of
Education of New York University, seeks to shape the quality of health
care older Americans receive by
promoting the highest level of geriatric competence in all
The institute identifies and develops
best practices in nursing care of older adults and works to infuse these
practices into the education and work of professional nurses and nursing
The American Association of Colleges
of Nursing (AACN) is the voice for 560 university and four-year college
education programs in nursing nationwide. AACN's educational, research,
governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs
work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree
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