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Working towards optimal health for all older adults

NHCGNE is a specialty organization dedicated to optimal health and quality of life for older adults.

We are a 501(c)3 organization building upon the legacy of The John A. Hartford Foundation, which represents the gold standard of excellence in gerontology. Join us for the opportunity to build your institution into a gerontological nursing powerhouse.

2023 Annual Conference

Reserve your spot for the 2023 NHCGNE Annual Conference on October 24-26, the premier leadership development conference in gerontological nursing! Under the theme of Research, Scholarship and Innovations for Optimal Aging , this conference will feature commissioned white papers, plenary sessions, leadership workshops, discussant reports and panel discussions that explore the current state of knowledge about national and international aging, dementia and mental health science, curricular innovations, evidence-based clinical practice, and health policies.

New Gerontological Nursing Courses

NHCGNE has partnered with NACNS (National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists) to offer two gerontological nursing courses. These courses are led by instructors who are NHCGNE members and accomplished nursing educators and leaders in their respective domains.

International SIG is looking for members

The NHCGNE International SIG is looking for members. Members of this active group exchange ideas and develop goals and strategies for creating international engagement.

A Message from the NHCGNE Board of Directors

NHCGNE Denounces Systemic Racism

We denounce the institutional and systemic racism and recurring violence that denies African Americans and other minorities the opportunity for a life well-lived. Racism challenges their ability to achieve a healthy old age and negatively impacts their mental and physical health across the lifespan. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others whose lives were senselessly cut short by recent violent events. We stand with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), and all other nursing organizations in calling nurses to action to constructively address changing our social systems to address the health disparities that have existed for too long in the African American and other minority communities. Adopted by the Board of Directors 6/2/20

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Older Adults

Please note that NHCGNE is paying close attention to new developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Six cases were confirmed in a Washington state nursing home on 2/29/20. We encourage anyone working with older adults to pay attention to the warnings and take extra precautions. Specifically, we encourage you to:


Here are some additional links to help all of us understand and be as prepared as possible for this world health threat, especially as it relates to older adults: 

New Member Benefit!!!

NHCGNE has entered a partnership with Springer Publishing. NHCGNE members will now receive a 35% discount on Springer Publication Books. This is a great opportunity for our members. Login to access the discount code! Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Support from the John A. Hartford Foundation ended in 2016. In our commitment to continue the legacy of these generous years of funding, which provided the impetus for the ascendance of the discipline of gerontologic nursing, NHCGNE is spearheading a fundraising campaign to continue to support operations of the NHCGNE. Your gift will ensure our parents, grandparents and loved ones all get the very best, researched-based gerontological nursing care available.

NHCGNE Leaders Chronical Gerontological Nursing Initiatives

NHCGNE leaders, Claudia J. Beverly and J Taylor Harden, have written a tremendous article in Science Direct that chronicles the John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) funded gerontological nursing initiatives 1996-present.