Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation


Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing


10 Faculty Members Graduate from
 Foundation Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing

“I gained so much knowledge and information that is going to effect changes in my school’s nursing program.” 2014 FIGN faculty participant

Ten nursing faculty members from BSN, ADN and LPN programs across Massachusetts successfully completed the 4th annual Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN) in August, sponsored by Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation in collaboration with University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Nursing. FIGN is an exciting educational and professional opportunity designed for nursing faculty who want to enhance their knowledge and leadership in geriatric nursing education, 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 choose to practice in long term care settings. Over the course of the 4-day Institute, participants gain knowledge, resources and strategies they can use to strengthen their curriculum and long term care clinical partnerships, and engage their students in the complexity and rewards of caring for older adults.
After completing the program, each participating faculty member identifies a related project to implement over the course of the academic year. This year’s faculty projects range from developing a designated education unit in a long term care facility to “gerontologicizing” the pre-licensure nursing curriculum. Their plans were influenced by their half-day visit at a long term care facility, cited as one of the most impactful components of their FIGN experience. We are grateful to the following Mass Senior Care members who coordinated and hosted a visit for one or more of the 2014 FIGN faculty:  

Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center, Westborough
D’Youville Senior Care
Loomis House Nursing Center
Marina Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
Notre Dame Long Term Care Center
Southpointe Rehab & Skilled Care Center
St. Camillus Health Center


Forty-two Massachusetts faculty members have participated in FIGN since its establishment in 2011. Applications for the 2015 Faculty Institute will be available in February 2015. For more information, please contact Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director, Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation at

 2014 FIGN Group Photo MSCA

The 2014 Faculty Institute class (left - right), Lisa Abdallah, Chair and Associate Professor, UMass Lowell School of Nursing, Charlene Nagel, Medical Professional Institute, Margaret Rowe, North Shore Community College, Kathleen Williams Kafel, UMass Boston, Kathleen Hart, Assabet Valley Regional Technical School, Patricia McPeak-LaRocca, Springfield Technical Community College, Kimberly Silver-Dunker, UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing, Sally Cadman, Regis College, Bonnie White, MCPHS University, Lorraine MacDonald, MCPHS University, Enoh Ukpong, Becker College, Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director, Mass Senior Care Foundation.