Two RNs with Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing recently received an award from the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.
Nancy Hodgson, RN, PhD, received the Excellence in Research Award and Julie Stanik-Hutt, RN, PhD, ACNP/GNP-BC, CCNS, received the Excellence in Education Award.
Hodgson, part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursings Center for Innovative Care in Aging, has more than 20 years experience studying palliative care for older adults with complex healthcare needs. She has tested interventions to ease neuroendocrine distress in individuals with dementia and studied therapy interventions in nursing home residents with cancer. Hodgson has helped spearhead advances in pain-easing nonpharmacologic interventions, provided palliative training materials to Pennsylvania nursing homes and has offered tools to caregivers through the website, PDCROnline.org.
When caring for our older patients, especially at the end of life, pain and symptom management are incredibly challenging, Hodgson said in the release. Palliative care offers a philosophy of care that promotes quality of life and dignity and an organized system of care to allow older patients choice and control. My goal as a nurse researcher is to develop palliative interventions that nurses can apply at the bedside that still maintain the dignity of the patient.
Stanik-Hutt has led initiatives to increase the number of APRNs ready to serve older adults. She has served on expert panels that have developed the Adult/Gerontologic Primary Care and Adult/Gerontologic Acute Care Nurse Practitioner competencies, shared information about the new competencies at several national meetings and assisted graduate faculty with integrating gerontologic content into existing curricula.
The driving force behind JHUSON integrating geriatric education into adult primary and acute care NP curricula and adult health and adult critical care clinical nurse specialist curricula, Stanik-Hutt has also created relationships with local hospitals helping more than 65 students gain experience working with older adults in ambulatory and home-care environments.
With nursing, as much as any profession, you learn by doing experience is everything, Stanik-Hutt said in the release. And we need to give more nurses greater experience in geriatric care to meet the health needs of our rapidly aging population. Time wont wait on this one.