North Dakota Partners In Nursing Gerontology Consortium Project
The NDSU Department of Nursing and Dakota Medical Foundation have been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant from Partner's Investing in Nursing's Future to address nursing workforce shortages specific to gerontology in North Dakota. Nine grants were received nationwide. Dakota Medical Foundation also is providing $250,000 in match funding for the project.
The funding will support the North Dakota Partners in Nursing Gerontology Consortium Project, which will develop a state model for gerontology in nursing education that will facilitate communication and a common infrastructure for technical expertise, establishment of standards, sharing of models and establishing outcome measures for evaluation. The consortium will increase awareness of health career opportunities among area youth, enhance community recruitment and retention efforts and enhance the gerontology practice environment.
The fastest growing age cohort in North Dakota is people 85 and older. From 2000-05, the age cohort increased by more than 16 percent, and, as a result, North Dakota ranks first nationally in the proportion of residents 85 years of age and older. The changing patient demographics make the recruitment and retention of gerontological health care professionals essential.
Partner's Investing in Nursing's (PIN) Future is a partnership of the Northwest Health Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the capacity, involvement and leadership of the local foundations to advance the nursing profession in their own communities.