National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO)

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Geriatric Activities Contact: Henrietta Elston, BSM

Geriatric Activities


  • Developed geriatric special interest group
  • Offered concurrent sessions and half-day workshops on aging at national meetings
  • Published It’s All About Caring, a series of 11 monographs addressing required topics of healthcare training for caregivers in long term care


Publications and Position Statements


  • Published articles with a focus on geriatric best practices in Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, the official NNSDO journal. Topics include:
    • *Quality Improvement Practices: Enhancing Quality of Life During Mealtimes
    • *Guidelines for Improving Resident Dining Experiences in Long-term Care Facilities
    • *Documentation of Characteristics of Early Hospital Readmission of Elderly Patients: A Challenge for Inservice Educators
    • *From Nursing Home to Hospital and Back Again: An Educational Program to Improve Care for Hospitalized Nursing Home Patients
    • *Standing In Their Shoes: An Experiential Learning Experience in Promoting Age Sensitivity
  • Published the following resources:
    • *Kelly, A.M. "How to Implement a Pain Management Program."
    • *Kilbride, B. & Gerstner-Horvath, M. "It's All About Caring: Key Points for Health Care Training."
  • *Published articles highlighting the importance of competencies in aging for the "Geriatric Corner" in TrendLines, the association's membership newsletter. Previous articles include the Hartford Institute's "Try This: Best Practices in the Care of Older Adults" series.


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Presentations, Workshops, and Seminars


  • *Presented a poster on "Partners in Care: An Innovative Approach to the Transitioning Geriatric Patients Across the Continuum" at the 2001 NNSDO Convention.
  • *Hosted a focus group breakfast session at the 2002 NNSDO Convention to provide feedback on the issues and concerns of geriatric-related focus within the healthcare professions.
  • Scheduled workshops and concurrent sessions on aging competencies at the 2004 NNSDO Convention. Topics include:
    • GRNs, Core Curriculums, and the SPPICEES Project:
    • Education to Improve the Care of the Geriatric Patient
    • Preparing Staff for Aging Patients
    • Developing Nurses' Competency in Minding Their Elders
  • Scheduled additional workshops and concurrent sessions on aging competencies at the 2005 NNSDO Convention.
  • Hosting a session at the 2006 NNSDO Convention, July 27-30, in Orlando, "Magic Moments: Unlocking Staff Development Secrets." Topics include:
    • NICHE (Nurses Improving Care to Health System Elders) geriatric nursing models of care
    • Hospital Competencies
    • Continuing Education Resources and Opportunities with Nurse Competence in Aging and the American Journal of Nursing


Special Interest Groups


  • Determined member interest in forming a geriatric special interest group (SIG) at the 2003 NNSDO Convention. Published a call for SIG membership in the NNSDO newsletter TrendLines. Communicated primarily through email and held geriatric SIG meetings at the annual NNSDO Convention.
  • Create a modified email list or list-serve to strengthen communication among geriatric SIG members.


Note:*indicates activities that occurred prior to NCA grant funding