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 LTC Nursing Forms New Ties With Academia Via Scholarships, Grants

The new Long-Term Care (LTC) Nursing Education Foundation is in the business of funding scholarships and academic research grants to boost the number of nurses furthering their careers in the long term care setting as they seek higher educational opportunities.
Diane Carter, RN, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC), says this is a significant step, which was originally announced by the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing, the parent of AANAC and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS).
This program is important because LTC has not traditionally had the connections to academic environments that exist in other community-based settings. Scholarships and research strengthen those connections,” she says.  
To determine if the new foundation achieves it goals, Carter says the proof will be in the number of LTC nurses obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, or a PhD in Nursing, while continuing to contribute to the care of those who live in skilled nursing care centers and related facilities.
“We also want to see nursing and policy research that assists us with broadening the body of knowledge, which is evidence-based to support important movements toward best practices that support improved care and outcomes for LTC residents,” she says.
The new foundation will get busy on its awards starting in May when it plans to name the recipient of its Cheryl M. Thomas Scholarship, which provides the winner $5,000 for the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
As an organization, Carter says AANAC aids nurse assessment coordinators and directors of nursing services with the most current information they need to excel at their work. This information includes daily postings of news, regulatory changes, and evidence-based clinical practice information, as well as research to cultivate expert care and outcomes for residents.
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