Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation


Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing

Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing   

The Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN) is an exciting professional development opportunity for Massachusetts nursing faculty seeking to enhance their knowledge and teaching of gerontological nursing. Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Nursing, established FIGN in 2011, in support of its mission to expand the state’s capacity to educate nurses who are better prepared to provide quality care for older adults and people with disabilities and choose to practice in long term care settings. Since then over 50 faculty from nursing programs across Massachusetts have participated in the four day FIGN in August, gaining new tools, resources and strategies to strengthen their curriculum and clinical partnerships. 

Now entering its 6th year, the 2016 FIGN will be held from August 15th- August 18th. Faculty from MSN, BSN, ADN, and LPN programs in Massachusetts were eligible to apply.  There is no charge to participants, who receive a stipend and CEUs upon completion. Each FIGN participant will develop a potential teaching plan or project to implement over the 2016-2017 academic year that incorporates the knowledge and resources gained from FIGN.

For additional information, please contact Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director, Mass Senior Care Foundation at    



 2015 FIGN Participants

The 2015 Faculty Institute class (left - right), Melanie Zamojski, Greenfield Community College, Karen Devereaux Melillo, Interim Dean and Professor, UMass Lowell School of Nursing, Cheryl Thompson, Brockton Hospital School of Nursing, Diane Shea, UMass Boston, Jeffrey Doucette, UMass Lowell, Bet Key Wong, Worcester State University, Ann Brown, Becker College, Judy Fredette, Mount Wachusett Community College, Allison Shields, Fitchburg State University, Mercy Bashir, Salem State University, Lisa Abdallah, Chair and Associate Professor, UMass Lowell School of Nursing, Catherine Johnson, Westfield State UniversityJoanne Earner, Southeastern Technical Institute, Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director, Mass Senior Care Foundation.