Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation


Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing

2014 Application Materials Now Available 

Application Deadline April 1, 2014

Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN) 

Mass Senior Care Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Nursing, established the Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN) in 2011.  FIGN is designed for nursing faculty who want to strengthen their knowledge and leadership in geriatric nursing education, in support of the Institute's 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. 

This year's annual Institute, scheduled for August 11- August 14, 2014, is an exciting educational and professional opportunity for Massachusetts nursing faculty seeking to enhance their knowledge and teaching of gerontological nursing, strengthen clinical partnerships with long term care facilities, and gain new resources and strategies they can use to prepare and engage their students to care for our rapidly aging population.  There is no cost to apply or participate in the program. Participants will receive a stipend and CEUs upon completion.

After completing the summer program, each FIGN participant identifies a related project to implement over the course of the academic year.  Past projects have ranged from infusing geriatric content throughout the entire nursing curriculum to developing a designated education unit for students in a long term care facility.

For details and application materials for the 2014 program click here.

FIGN program flyer 

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

 FIGN 2013 Class Participants 

The 2013 Faculty Institute class in front (left - right), Cheryl Sabola, Elms College, Linda Esper, Becker College, Theresa Przybylowicz, Springfield Technical Community College, Lisa Foley, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Patricia Shea Fryzel, BayState College, Mary Jo Meunier-Pare, Springfield Technical Community College, Deborah Herlihy, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, Karen Aiken, Holyoke Community College, Kellie LaPierre, Regis College and behind (left - right), Marjorie Bessette, Holyoke Community College, Mickey Pike, Bristol Community College, Karen Carpenter, Quinsigamond Community College, Joan Beauchamp, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College, Patricia Schryver, Bristol Community College.