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NYU nursing educator receives $1.5 million grant

Monday October 21, 2013
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New York University College of Nursing’s Tara A. Cortes, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor of geriatric nursing, has received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention grant for her project, “The Collaborative, Continuous Care (3C’s) Model.”

The three-year, $1.5 million grant involves a practice/education partnership among NYU’s Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, the NYU College of Nursing, the NYU Silver School of Social Work, the Touro College of Pharmacy and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, according to a news release.

The project is designed to enhance interprofessional education, leadership and team-building skills for practitioners and students to help address the complexity of medication management for frail older adults in the community.

“The purpose of this project is to demonstrate an innovative interprofessional model of collaborative, coordinated care that reflects the right communication across the healthcare system,” Cortes said in the release. “The 3C’s model embodies the competencies of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and cultivates the value of respect for other professionals’ contribution to patient/family care.”

Using a community-based healthcare system and integrating a process for interprofessional education, the project goals include cultivating a practice environment in which nurses have an opportunity to demonstrate leadership in interprofessional team building, collaborative problem solving and care coordination; providing interprofessional clinical training opportunities for nursing students; and demonstrating innovation in IPCP.

Participating professionals and students will be drawn from NYUCN’s Adult NP Program, the NYU Silver School of Social Work MSW Program, the Touro College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Because of its focus on dual-eligible frail older adults, this project meets the funding preferences for substantially benefiting a practice population categorized as poor and/or medically underserved.

“The goal of the interprofessional teamwork will be to improve the management of complex medication regimens in these community-dwelling frail older adults,” Cortes said in the release. “The aim of the model is to improve patient/family quality of care, quality of life and health outcomes by mobilizing the resources of professionals from different disciplines who bring their varied expertise together and meld their combined knowledge to provide the best in patient/family-centered care.”


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