Working towards optimal health for all older adults

Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program


Given the rapidly growing older adult population and the urgent need to prepare the future nurse workforce to care for an aging population, it is imperative to have well-prepared nurse educators not only with knowledge and skills in care of older adults, but also with teaching competence so that they can foster positive attitudes toward older adults and actively engage learners at all levels.

    All applicants are required to attend the Annual Leadership Conference.  Any applicant who is unable to attend will not be recognized in the award ceremony. 

    2022 applicationscoming soon!

    View Past DEGN Award Recipients 

    View DEGN Special Edition Newsletter 


    You are invited to apply for a Certificate of Recognition for Excellence as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) if you meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Masters or higher degree in nursing
    • Post-baccalaureate academic education in gerontological nursing or related professional development programs
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in gerontological nursing education
    • Active engagement at the time of application in gerontological/geriatric nursing education which could include, but is not limited to:
      • Teaching aging or gerontological/geriatric nursing content/courses
      • Curriculum development in gerontological nursing or interprofessional geriatric care
      • Clinical, laboratory, or simulation instruction in gerontological nursing or geriatric care
      • Administrator or coordinator of aging studies, gerontological nursing education, or interprofessional geriatric education programs
      • Providing professional development in gerontological nursing and/or interprofessional geriatric care
      • Providing community education in aging or gerontological/geriatric content

    The Certificate of Recognition for Excellence as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing is awarded with approval by the NHCGNE Board of Directors or designee.