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BC Connell School of Nursing Recognized for Commitment to Gerontological Nursing

named national hartford center of gerontological nursing excellence

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (November 2014) -- The Boston College Connell School of Nursing has been named a National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE), a designation that recognizes CSON’s commitment to gerontological nursing.

The NHCGNE is a collaboration between the Gerontological Society of America’s Coordinating Center and schools of nursing across the nation that have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the field of gerontological nursing.


Funded primarily by the John A. Hartford Foundation, NHCGNE’s mission is to enhance the quality of nursing care for older adults through faculty development, advancing gerontological nursing science, facilitating adoption of best practices, fostering leadership and designing and shaping policy. 

CSON Dean and Professor Susan Gennaro called this designation a "wonderful benchmark." The efforts to achieve NHCGNE membership were led by Associate Professor of Adult Health Marie Boltz and Assistant Professor of Adult Health Stewart Bond, nationally known gerontologic nurse experts.

“Both Dr. Boltz and Dr. Bond are nurses who are not only dedicated to the care of the elderly but are also visionary leaders. They both value the power of being able to work with other nurse leaders across the country in ensuring that the best care is being given to our older patients,” said Gennaro. “This designation will help our other gerontologic nurses thrive and will ensure that our students will also thrive.”

“The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence is considered the gold standard in gerontological nursing,” said Boltz. “Only schools of nursing that have demonstrated a commitment to the field of gerontological nursing and share a vision of optimal health and quality of life for older adults are invited to apply for membership."

“This is an honor and a recognition,” said Bond, who added that the Connell School’s application was boosted by great CSON faculty feedback and the school’s strong leadership support. “The Hartford Center recognizes the strengths in the Connell School of Nursing’s research, practice, education and leadership in gerontological nursing.”

Both Boltz and Bond highlighted that NHCGNE membership provides CSON faculty with the potential to collaborate and consult with other educators on research and curricula as well as with linkages to international and interprofessional partners in the field in order to strengthen and deepen CSON’s strong base in gerontological nursing.


--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,