3/3/04 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Awarded Nurse Competence Grant for Geriatric Care

March 3, 2004

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Information: Janet D’Alesandro, (856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses’ Association

Awarded Nurse Competence Grant for Geriatric Care

PITMAN, NJ - The American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA) has been awarded a $13,000 Nurse Competence in Aging Grant by the American Nurses Association (ANA). The funds will be used over 2 years to enhance the education of nurses in caring for older adults.



The grant is part of a 5-year "Nurse Competence in Aging" initiative funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc. awarded to ANA through the American Nurses Foundation (ANF). The initiative is part of a strategic alliance between ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, Division of Nursing.



The program will enhance the geriatric competence – the attitudes, knowledge, and skills – of the 400,000 nurses who are members of 60 national specialty nursing associations. Education will be disseminated through activities, certification exams, and Web-based resource centers.



"ANNA is pleased and excited to have received this grant," said ANNA President Caroline Counts, MSN, RN, CNN. "It validates the importance of the concern nephrology nurses have for our aging patients. We look forward to moving ahead with initiatives that this grant will allow us to complete."



Geriatric care is one of the fastest growing segments of nursing, but very few of the nation’s 2.2 million practicing registered nurses (RNs) have been adequately prepared in school or on the job. Less than 1% of nurses in the U.S. are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as gerontological nurses. One goal of the Nurse Competence program is to inspire nurses to boost their knowledge of geriatrics best practices.



Under the grant, ANNA will offer a broad range of education activities. These include articles in Nephrology Nursing Journal and ANNA Update, ANNA’s official journal and newsletter respectively; Web site links; sessions at ANNA’s Annual National Symposium and Fall Meeting; and an education activity on Chronic Kidney Disease in Long Term Care (CKD/LTC).



ANNA will submit ongoing progress reports and participate in an evaluation of the competence program. This documentation will help ANA determine the lasting impact of the funding on geriatric nursing.



For more details on the competence program, visit . For more information about ANNA, visit www.annanurse.org.

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ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised of more than 12,000 nephrology nurses. The association is dedicated to advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influencing outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.