Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation


Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing

10 Faculty Members Graduate from
 Foundation Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing 

Ten nursing faculty members from BSN, ADN and LPN programs across Massachusetts successfully completed the 6th 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 people with disabilities 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 and people with disabilities.

After completing the program, each participating facility member identifies a related project to implement over the course of the academic year. Their plans are 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 2016 FIGN faculty:

D’Youville Senior Care
Elizabeth Seton Residence, Inc.
Loomis House Nursing Center
Marina Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
Notre Dame Long Term Care Center
Prescott House
South Cove Manor at Quincy Point

Sixty-three Massachusetts faculty members have participated in FIGN since its establishment in 2011. Applications for the 2017 Faculty Institute will be available in February 2017. For additional information, please contact Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director, Mass Senior Care Foundation at    


 2016 FIGN Participants

The 2016 Faculty Institute class (left - right), Carolyn Blanks, Executive DirectorMass Senior Care Foundation, Mary Lynn Fahey, Northeastern University Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Shirley Love Kearns, North Shore Community College, Kimberly Shea, Mount Wachusett Community College, Linette Wilson, American International College, Heidi Gerostergios, UMass Lowell-School of Nursing, Carol Kronopolus, Hebrew Senior Life, Lisa Bass, Northern Essex Community College, Abraham Ndiwane, MGH Institute of Health Profession-School of Nursing, Katie Whelpley, Upper Cape Tech-Practical Nurse Program, Lisa Abdallah, Chair and Associate Professor, UMass Lowell School of Nursing, Emily Cabrera, Regis College, Karen Devereaux Melillo, Interim Dean and Professor, UMass Lowell School of Nursing.