Visionaries in geriatric nursing: A legacy for the future

Virginia Burggraf, Christine Mueller

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There are many nurses who had a significant impact on the development and growth of gerontological nursing. There are those that provided the foundation and were the building blocks of gerontological nursing. Those following served as the cornerstones to fortify the foundation of gerontological nursing. Today there are rising scholars serving as the stepping-stones for the future of gerontological nursing. This article highlights the exemplary gerontological nurses that contributed and are contributing to the research, practice, and education of the mature specialization of gerontological nursing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 12 2020

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Jeanie Kayser-Jones PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN professor emerita at the University of San Francisco is noted for her national and international research on eating problems and nutritional support in nursing homes. Her findings were presented to the U. S. Congress and have had far- reaching effects on national policy. She also was funded by NIH for an interdisciplinary study: An Ethnography of Dying in Long-Term Care Facilities and was the founder of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Excellence at the university. 1 , 50 , 51

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Eleanor McConnell PhD, RN, GCNS-BC associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing is the director of the Center of Excellence in Geriatric Education and holds a joint appointment at the Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center where she serves as clinical nurse specialist and nurse scientist. For over two decades Dr. McConnell's research has centered on the frail older adults, their physical environment and promoting functional capacity. She has been funded by the NINR and the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a series of studies designed to identify modifiable risk factors for worsening self-care disability in long-stay nursing home residents with chronic cognitive impairment. 57

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Diane Mahoney PhD, APRN-BC, FGSA, FAAN is a professor emeriti at the MGH Institute of Health Profession's School of Nursing. She is noted as a pioneer in gerontechnology for her creative research on the Dress Project, funded by the Alzheimer's Association and NIH, which created assistive technology interventions to help functionally and memory impaired older adults, and developed a conceptual prototype for an automated dressing coach. 56

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Mary Stark Harper PhD, RN, FAAN (1919–2006) was a pioneer whose initial research on the geriatric psychiatric and minority health, particularly veterans, led the path for others to imitate. She served on four White House panels on mental health and health care reform. In 1972, she joined the National institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and organized the NIH Minority Fellowship Program. In 1995 she was a consultant to the White House Conference on Aging. She was inducted as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in 2001. 10

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  • Gerontological nurse leaders
  • Leadership
  • Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Nursing Research
  • Geriatric Nursing/education
  • Humans
  • Forecasting

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  • Journal Article


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