Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation


Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing


11 Faculty Members Graduate from 
Foundation Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing
Eleven nursing faculty members from BSN, ADN and LPN nursing programs across Massachusettss successfully completed the 5th annual Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN) in August, sponsored by Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Nursing.  FIGN is an exciting professional development opportunity designed 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 choose to work 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. 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 planned and hosted a visit for 2015 participants:  

BayPointe Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center, Brockton
Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center, Westborough
D'Youville Senior Care, Lowell
LifeCare Center of Nashoba Valley, Littleton
Loomis House Nursing Center, Holyoke
Marina Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center, Quincy

Fifty-three Massachusetts faculty members have participated in FIGN since its establishment in 2011.  Applications for the 2016 Faculty Institute will be avaliable in February 2016.  For more information, please contact Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director, Massachusetts 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.