Terry Fulmer, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, Boston, has been chosen to receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association.
The award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NGNA, recognizes individuals whose contributions and accomplishments have significantly affected elderly care and positively influenced the public image of the aging.
Fulmer is scheduled to accept the award and deliver the keynote address at the annual NGNA convention Oct. 3 in San Antonio.
I am pleased and humbled to receive this award, Fulmer said in a news release. There is no greater affirmation than to be recognized by my distinguished peers.
Fulmer is best known for her research on elder abuse and neglect, which has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Nursing Research. She is a member of the geriatrics and gerontology advisory committee for the Veterans Administration and is the first nurse to serve on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and as president of the Gerontological Society of America.
As our population ages, my research team and I will redouble our efforts to ensure quality of life and safety for those individuals who are now living into their 90s and beyond, Fulmer said, noting the challenges of improving the health, function and quality of life of older adults. Northeastern is optimally positioned to make great strides in advancing the science of healthy aging.
Before joining Northeastern in 2011, Fulmer served as the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing and founding dean of the New York University College of Nursing. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and has held faculty appointments at Boston College, Columbia University, Yale University and the Harvard Division on Aging.
The NGNA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the clinical care of older adults.