Hartford Institute Timeline
1996
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Donna Regenstreif, senior program officer of The John A. Hartford Foundation, is instrumental in creating the Hartford Institute.

Diane McGivern is head of the NYU Division of Nursing when the Hartford Institute opens.

Opening celebration takes place.

Start of collaboration with the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers.

1997
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Newly created Hartford Institute home opens.

Claire Fagin is appointed chair, National Board of Advisors.

National Board of Advisors appointment and first meeting.

1998
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First American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Hartford Institute Award for Baccalaureate Education in Geriatric Nursing.

First Best Practices Conference is held.

First Gerontological Society of America/Hartford Institute Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award.

First Nursing Counts is published.

Start of Hartford Institute website.

First annual Scholars and Fellows Summer Research Seminar is held.

First Try This is published; will appear regularly in 20 publications.

Creation of Best Nursing Practices in Care for Older Adults Curriculum Guide for Baccalaureate Education and Staff Development.

1999
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NICHE program begins under Hartford Institute leadership.

Results of national BSN school survey of geriatric content are published in the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Start of Specialty Nursing Activities Partnership Program (SNAPP) exhibit booth: 1999-2004; funded by the Avon Foundation.

Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice, 1st edition, is published by Springer Publishing Company.

2000
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Gerontological Society of America Nursing Care for Older Adults Interest Group reaches 250-plus participants.

Start of the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative, a collaboration of the three Hartford Foundation—funded initiatives.

Minimum Nurse Staffing Standards for Nursing Facilities is published in The Gerontologist.

First Regional Nursing Research Society Geriatric Research Awards are presented.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Hartford Institute BSN Competencies is published.

2001
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The Hartford Foundation provides funding to sustain the Hartford Institute for an additional five years.

Hartford Institute moves into the newly renovated Division of Nursing headquarters at 246 Greene Street.

First Nursing Counts is published by the American Journal of Nursing, coordinated by Charlene Harrington and Christine Kovner.

Hartford Institute convenes new Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations, representing 18,500 nurses; Sarah Greene Burger, chair.

2002
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Nurse Competence in Aging is founded. Funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., it forms a strategic alliance among the American Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the Hartford Institute.

Hartford Institute begins consumer-education series in local newspapers nationwide.

Health Affairs article on the nursing workforce is published.

Free national gerontological nursing certification review course launched on the Hartford Institute website.

Celebrating the GSA/Hartford Institute Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award, 2002: May Wyckle, Jeanie Kayser-Jones, Mathy Mezey, Thelma Wells, Carol Brink, Terry Fulmer, Neville Strumpf, Lois Evans.

2003
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Elizabeth Capezuti joins the Hartford Institute as co-director.

Best Nursing Practices in Care of Older Adults Curriculum Guide for Baccalaureate Education and Staff Development issued as CD-Rom.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) posts selected Hartford Institute—developed protocols on its website.

Try This issued in PDA format.

American Geriatrics Society collaborates with the Hartford Institute on syllabus review for geriatric nurse practitioners.

Protocols book, 2nd Edition, receives American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award in geriatrics.

2004
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American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Hartford Institute publish advanced practice nursing Competencies.

Try This Dementia series starts, funded by Alzheimer’s Association.

Nurse Competence in Aging project launches GeroNurseOnline.org website.

Teaching Nursing Home Project started, funded by Health Research and Services Administration, Commonwealth Fund.

American Organization of Nurse Executives/NICHE Award is initiated to honor a hospital that embodies best practice in nursing care to older adults.

2005
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College of Nursing is established at NYU.

Hartford Institute receives funding from American Association of Colleges of Nursing to develop upper-level baccalaureate geriatric course content.

NYU Nursing holds Celebrating Geriatric Nursing gala, honoring Mark Beers, Mathy Mezey, Norman H. Volk, chairman of the Hartford Foundation.

Rachael Watman is appointed new program officer for nursing at the Hartford Foundation.

Results of national BSN school follow-up survey of geriatric content are published in the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society publishes paper: “Experts Recommend Strategies for Strengthening the Use of Advanced Practice Nurses in Nursing Homes.”

2006
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127 geriatric nurse researchers have participated in the Scholars and Fellows Summer Research Seminar.

Hartford Institute collaborates with American Organization of Nurse Executives to begin Elder-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

“Geriatric Competencies for RNs in Hospitals” is published in the Journal for Nurses in Staff Development.

“The Nurse Competence in Aging Initiative” is published in American Journal of Nursing.

Corinne Rieder, executive director of the Hartford Foundation, champions and propels the mission of the Hartford Institute

The Atlantic Philanthropies provides planning grant for NICHE expansion

2007
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A 5-year grant received from Atlantic Philanthropies, Inc to expand the number of health systems and depth of participation in the NICHE Program in North America.

A 4-year grant received from Atlantic Philanthropies for the REASN- Specialty practice grant to partner with specialty associations to develop continuing education resources.

HIGN collaboration to develop resources for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium, with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

The 2nd edition of Geriatric Nursing Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Advanced Practice Geriatric Nursing is published by the American Geriatrics Society. The editors are Carolyn Auerhahn,  Elizabeth Capezuti, Ellen Flaherty & Barbara Resnick.

Dr. Marie Boltz is appointed Assistant Professor at NYU College of Nursing.

2008
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The 3rd Edition of Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice is  published by Springer Publishing Company.The editors are Elizabeth Capezuti, Deanne Zwicker, Mathy Mezey, & Terry Fulmer.

Developed online Advanced Practice Case Studies in collaboration with advanced practice nursing organizations.

Publication: Rethinking Teaching Nursing Homes: Potential for Improving Long-Term Care, was published in The Gerontologist, February, 2008, Mezey, Mitty, Burger, authors.

The second edition of The Encyclopedia of Elder Care is published by Springer Publishing Company with Drs. Elizabeth Capezuti, Genie Siegler, and Mathy Mezey as editors.
 
Two quarterly columns (Assisted Living and Acute Care) are added to Geriatric Nursing.

2009
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Pilot project to train nurses in the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, funded by the Fan Fox and Samuels Foundation.

In collaboration with the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations, the Pioneer Network, and nursing home leaders produced an Issue Paper: Nurses Involvement in Culture Change: Overcoming Barriers, Seizing Opportunities, with funding from the Commonwealth Fund.
2010
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Collaborated with AACN to develop Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies, with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.
 
Collaborated with AACN to develop Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults, with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.
 
Dr. Tara Cortes appointed Executive Director of the Hartford Institute and Clinical Professor in the NYU College of Nursing.

Dr. Marie Boltz is appointed Associate Director for Practice, Barbara Bricoli is promoted to Senior Director for Operations, Elizabeth Capezuti is Co-Director for research, Terry Fulmer is Co-Director for interdisciplinary initiatives, and Mathy Mezey is Associate Director for Education.

Drs. Ab Brody, Laura Wagner, and Janet Van Cleave join the NYU Faculty as Assistant Professors.

Developed online faculty development case studies, Preparing Nurse Faculty to Supervise Student Clinical Rotations in Care of Older Adults, with funding from Jewish foundation for Education of Women.
 
Developed online learning modules, Culture Change Nursing Homes as Clinical Training Sites, with funding from the Commonwealth Fund and Picker Institute.
 
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Hartford Institute History

The Hartford Institute was founded in 1996 with the goal of shaping the quality of health care older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric nursing competence. HIGN has held steadfast through the years in its efforts to achieve excellence in its core competencies dedicated to meeting its goals: Practice, Research, Education and Advocacy/Policy.

“Throughout our existence we have maintained a consistent focus on excellence in our efforts to bring better care to older Americans.”

 

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