Partners for Education in Gerontology

George Mason University PEG

Online Faculty Trainee-ship in Gerontological Nursing

This unique traineeship is designed for nursing faculty, who are interested in developing specialty expertise in gerontological nursing. In year one, the program includes a fall and spring online seminar series and an onsite summer experience in various local health care agencies. The seminar and summer experience are designed to foster content and skill mastery and to provide classroom and clinical resources and innovative strategies for teaching gerontological nursing. In year two, the program includes "How to Do It" support online sessions to assist trainees in infusing gerontological nursing content and experiences into undergraduate nursing curriculum. Completion of the program will prepare participants to sit for AACN Gerontological Nurse Certification.

Educating more highly qualified nursing faculty with focus on older adults will help to influence vital health care delivery for our rapidly growing aging population. The Mason PEG Traineeship provides a rich academic and evidence-based program for nursing faculty interested in gerontological nursing. This program is designed to help nursing faculty extend their expertise, specialize in gerontology, and better prepare future nurses for innovative practice in care of older adults. Increasing faculty expertise will enable nursing schools to meet new guidelines to prepare students to provide high quality care to an aging population, outlined in the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).

Benefits of traineeship include fellowship and networking with nursing faculty specializing in care of older adults, inter-professional and community-partner opportunities for educational experiences, linkages with geriatric-focused local, state, and national experts and support for attendance at a certification preparation course. Trainees will participate in seminars conducted by Mason PEG faculty, an inter-professional group of practitioners, educators, researchers, and community stakeholders with diverse experiences and expertise in gerontology. The program will address current health care issues for older adults in trainees' state and local communities and viable solutions with a focus on the positive aspects of aging and care for older adults in all health care settings. Trainees will receive 8.5 CEUs at the completion of the program.

In order to increase the number of highly qualified geriatric nursing faculty in our region, the Mason PEG will offer a limited number of scholarships for qualified faculty to participate in the Mason PEG Faculty Traineeship in Gerontological Nursing.

Eligibility: To be eligible to participate in the Mason PEG Faculty Traineeship in Gerontological Nursing, applicants must:

  1. Have a master of science in nursing degree;
  2. Be employed full time, part time, or as adjunct faculty in a school of nursing;
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from their school of nursing dean or director; and
  4. doc Submit a complete application by SEPTEMBER 24, 2010.


Online Course Schedule

Fall 2010 Seminar Series Begins: Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
October 9, 2010 from 9-11 am
Synchronous 2-hour orientation session
Week of October 23 Asynchronous activities and discussion
Week of November 6 Asynchronous activities and discussion
Week of November 20 Asynchronous activities and discussion
Week of December 4 Asynchronous activities and discussion
December 18 from 9-11 am Synchronous 2-hour sessio


Fall Topics: Leading causes of disability and death among Northern Virginia residents (e.g., heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, diabetes, dementia, arthritis, and communicable diseases); aging myths, health aging, nutrition, falls, function (physical, cognitive, social, psychological), assessment, communication, delirium, depression and dementia

Spring 2011 Seminar Series Begins: Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m
February 5, 2011 from 9-11 am Synchronous 2-hour orientation session
Week of February 19, 2011 Asynchronous activities and discussion
Week of March 12, 2011 Asynchronous activities and discussion
Week of March 26, 2011 Asynchronous activities and discussion
Week of April 9, 2011 Asynchronous activities and discussion
April 23, 2011 from 9-11 am Synchronous 2-hour session

Spring Topics: Community resources, caregivers, polypharmacy, incontinence, skin and wound issues, palliative and end of life care, culture competence, health literacy, care costs and payment, the informed consumer

NOTE: Participants must be available on October 9, 2010, December 18, 2010, February 5, 2011, and April 23, 2011 from 9-11 am for synchronous seminars.

Technical Requirements to Participate in Online Format:

  1. GMU Supports access using the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer 7
    • Firefox 2
    • MyMason has been shown to also work on Firefox 3, but GMU does not officially support it.  There are known difficulties in accessing MyMason with Internet Explorer 8.
  2. The updated version of Java must be downloaded and installed from the following site:
  3. Ability to allow GMU-related pop-ups through your browser, browser toolbars, and/or security software.
  4. A high speed internet connection (DSL or faster) is required to view videos.
  5. A Windows PC running XP SP2 or newer.  A limited number of features are accessible via Mac, however, users will likely encounter difficulty with Video resources.

Mason PEG Faculty

  • Lisa Campo, ANP, DNP
  • Deirdra Carolan Doerflinger, PhD, GNP
  • Charlene Douglas, PhD, RN
  • Naomi Lynn Gerber, MD
  • Terri Ann Guingab, RN, MS
  • William (Jim) McAuley, PhD
  • J. Goodlett McDaniel, PhD, MBA, RN
  • Robin E. Remsburg, PhD, GCNS,BC, FAAN, FNGNA
  • Francine Roberts, PhD, RN
  • Catherine Tompkins, MSW, PhD
  • Shirley Travis, PhD, APRN, FAAN
  • Frank Whittington, PhD

Advisory Committee

  • Deirdra Carolan Doerflinger, PhD, CGNP, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA
  • Brenda Cleary, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, Ctr. to Champion Nursing in America, AARP, Washington, DC
  • Joanne Crantz, MD, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA
  • Brent DeRobertis, AARP, Dulles Chapter, Reston, VA
  • Shauna Severo, RN, Fairfax County Health Department, Fairfax, VA
  • Charlene Douglas, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, GMUMary Emmett, PhD, CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, West Virginia University, Charleston, WV
  • Susan Heisey, MSW, LCSW, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA
  • Lynn Gerber, MD, Director, Center for Chronic Illness and Disability, GMU
  • William (Jim) McAuley, PhD, Department of Communication, GMU
  • Mark Newbrough, MD, West Virginia Geriatric Education Center, Charleston, WV
  • Cathy Thompkins, PhD, Department of Social Work, GMU
  • Shirley Travis, PhD, APRN, FAAN, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, GMU
  • Frank Whittington, PhD, Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Services, GMU

This project is supported by funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration, the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education (DDIE)), under grant number D62HP15118, Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program, from 07/01/2009 through 06/30/2010.