The growth and development of gerontological nurse leaders in policy

G. Adriana Perez, Diana J. Mason, J. Taylor Harden, Tara A. Cortes

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Abstract

Background: The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Scholars/Fellows Award Program was designed to promote the growth and development of nurse scientists, educators, and leaders in aging. Purpose: McBride's conceptual framework of the growth and development of nurse leaders was used to examine the NHCGNE impact on health and aging policy work among scholars/fellows, including barriers, facilitators, and resources. Methods: A multimethod two-phased approach included an online survey (phase I) focused on research and policy impact at local, state, or national level. Telephone interviews (phase II) were conducted to further understand the nature, depth, and focus of respondents’ policy work. Discussion: Based on our findings, we propose multilevel recommendations for advancing nurse scientists’ capacity to be leaders in shaping policy. Keen research skills are influential in policy advancement but not sufficient to advance policy. Preparing nurse scientists with competencies in translating research into policy can ultimately transform health and health care for older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-179
Number of pages12
JournalNursing outlook
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

Keywords

  • Geriatric nursing workforce
  • Gerontological nursing
  • Health policy
  • Leadership
  • National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
  • Nursing academia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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