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.