Margaret Harvey Granitto, RN, MSN, CRNP, an instructor at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies in Washington, D.C., was selected as a scholar to participate in the Faculty Development Collaborative Program in Geriatrics.
The program, which receives support from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health professions faculty in interprofessional teaching, leadership, project development, and program implementation in geriatrics, according to program literature.
I am unbelievably excited, Granitto said in a news release. This is a place where nursing can have a huge impact.
Granitto, who is a doctoral candidate at the Catholic University of America, said incorporating gerontological material into nursing education is important given the increasing older population in the U.S.
We need to prepare our students to care for this population using nationally recognized, evidence-based best practices to ensure positive health outcomes and decreased costs, she said in the release.
According to the Administration on Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, people who are 65 and older represented 12.4% of the population in 2000. By 2030, that is expected to grow to 19%.
The program is going to help me get more experience and provide expert advice on developing a course on gerontological nursing using nationally recognized standards and best-practice interventions, she said in the release.
As part of the program, she must develop a capstone program, and she has chosen to focus on end-of-life decision making and care. She plans to implement an interdisciplinary simulation module for nursing and medical students to role play end-of-life discussions among healthcare providers, patients and families. In addition to developing the capstone, she must complete 160 hours of training through self-study, online courses and peer-to-peer mentoring.