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 choose to work in long term care settings. Since then over 40 faculty in 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 5th year, the 2015 FIGN will be held from August 17th- August 20th. There is no charge to participants, who will receive a stipend and CEUs upon completion. Each participant develops a potential teaching plan or project over the 2015-2016 academic year in which they will incorporate the knowledge and resources gained from FIGN.

All application materials were due March 23, 2015. Faculty from MSN, BSN, ADN, and LPN programs in Massachusetts were eligible to apply. Participation in the 2015 FIGN was limited to 12 Massachusetts nursing faculty. 
For additional information, please contact Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director, Mass 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.