College joins National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

Columbus, OH (December 6, 2013) - The College of Nursing has been accepted as a member in the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE). The NHCGNE designation demonstrates the college’s commitment to the field of gerontology and to building the next generation of gerontological nurses. NHCGNE schools possess capacity in gerontological research, practice, education, and/or leadership. The college has 17 clinical and research faculty with gerontological expertise and/or research programs significant to the field of gerontology. In addition, it has collaborations with several affiliated gerontological faculty in the Colleges of Social Work and Medicine as well as the Department of Psychology. Its inter-professional faculty collaborative in gerontology, the “Buckeye Hartford Scholars,” has four College of Nursing faculty and associates: Michele Balas, Janine Overcash, Mary Beth Happ, Margaret Crighton, who are John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program alumni and five interdisciplinary faculty who are Hartford Scholar alumni in medicine and social work.  
Aging and the care of older adults facing critical illness and multiple chronic conditions is a central focus of the college’s Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care, which will serve as the platform for NHCGNE activities.