Newswise — PHILADELPHIA (October 11, 2021) – Penn Nursing’s Susan Renz, PhD, DNP, GNP-BC, Primary Care Program Director and Practice Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health, will receive a 2021 Distinguished Gerontological Nurse Educator award from the

National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE). The awards will be presented at the NHCGNE Leadership Conference to be held virtually, October 26 – 28, 2021. 

The Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program is an NHCGNE initiative that aims to recognize the leadership of nurse educators working with students, faculty, providers, and older adults in diverse settings. 

"I feel honored to be receiving this distinguished award,” said Renz. “It amplifies my continuing mission to educate others in the field of gerontological nursing and to advocate for the provision of quality care and support of older adults."

Recipients must meet the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Masters or higher degree in nursing
  • Post-baccalaureate academic education in gerontological nursing or related professional development programs
  • Minimum of three 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 


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