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The Gerontologist 48:8-15 (2008)
© 2008 The Gerontological Society of America

Rethinking Teaching Nursing Homes: Potential for Improving Long-Term Care

Mathy D. Mezey, EdD, RN1, Ethel L. Mitty, EdD, RN1 and Sarah Green Burger, RN-C, MPH1

Correspondence: Address correspondence to Ethel L. Mitty, EdD, RN, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, 246 Greene Street, New York, NY 10003-6677. E-mail: em7{at}

To meet the special needs of and provide quality health care to nursing home residents, the health care workforce must be knowledgeable about the aging process. Health professionals are minimally prepared in their academic programs to care for older adults, and few programs have required rotations in geriatrics. Teaching nursing homes (TNHs) have shown promise as sites for the preparation of a health workforce to care for older adults in nursing homes as well as improvement of quality outcomes. This article reports on the process and recommendations of a TNH summit of experts in geriatric education and practice as to the feasibility of developing a sustainable and replicable TNH model that would prepare a professional workforce knowledgeable about and prepared to work in long-term care. The TNH summit identified characteristics of partnerships between academia, nursing home(s), and other stakeholders that would constitute a successful TNH collaboration. Goals of a TNH partnership between service and academia include interdisciplinary education and practice, research and dissemination of evidence-based practices, and benchmarks of a nursing home professional learning environment.

Key Words: Education • Practice • Collaboration • Teaching nursing homes • Health care workforce

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