Working towards optimal health for all older adults

Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program

2022 Applications Open April 6, 2022
All accepted applicants are required to attend the Annual Leadership Conference. 
NHCGNE Leadership Conference October 18-20, 2022

Any accepted applicant who is unable to attend will not be recognized in the award ceremony.


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.


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

    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.

  • Coordination

    Administarion or coordination of aging studies, gerontological nursing education, or interprofessional geriatric education programs.

  • Professional Development

    Providing professional development in gerontological nursing and/or professional geriatric care.

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.

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Cost to Apply

  • NHCGNE Member Institution


  • NHCGNE Legacy Member


  • Non-Member



How To Apply

Instructions: To be considered for the certificate of recognition, an applicant must:
    • Complete PDF Application
    • Attach curriculum vitae
    • Submit completed application from that demonstrates accural of 30 points in the application. 
    • Submit appropriate application & application fee using the online portal
**Please only complete the items that apply, do not list identical items in multiple categories, and submit documentation where noted.**
Deadline: June 17, 2022
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