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Pace's School of Nursing Recognized For Gerontological Nursing Excellence

Left to Right: Pace's Dr. Lin Drury and Dr. Sharon Wexler.
Left to Right: Pace's Dr. Lin Drury and Dr. Sharon Wexler. Photo Credit: Pace

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The Lienhard School of Nursing has joined the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence -- or NHCGNE -- a designation that recognizes Pace’s commitment to gerontological nursing.

The NHCGNE is a collaboration between the Gerontological Society of America’s Coordinating Center and schools of nursing across the nation that have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the field of gerontological nursing.

Professors Dr. Sharon Wexler and Dr. Lin Drury were instrumental in obtaining this prestigious membership. "This is a great honor and a testament to the quality of research we do," said Professor Carol Roye, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship at Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing at the College of Health Professions.The designation recognizes Lienhard’s commitment to gerontological nursing and the expertise our faculty has in this area.

This recognition will help further the gerontological work that is being done by Pace faculty members. 

For example, Wexler and Drury have been spearheading research on gerontechnology and home health care management for seniors. As part of their program of research, students work with elderly clients using a care avatar, providing patients with 24/7 engagement, wellness coaching and reporting to ensure the highest quality care and to keep people out of the hospital.

Professor Dr. Kyeongra Yang is another faculty member who is doing work with older adults. Yang’s project, titled “Home Care Providers' Experience of Translating Evidence-based Fall Prevention Exercise into Practice” will provide insights into the implementation of fall prevention programs in home care settings. Twenty-nine home care providers working with patients 65 years or older who are at risk for falls, participated in focus group discussion. Data will be analyzed this summer.

NHCGNE membership provides nursing faculty with the potential to collaborate and consult with other educators on research and curricula as well as with linkages to international and interprofessional partners in the field.