In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Initiative, this Annual Report honors the richness, diversity, and importance of a career in academic geriatric nursing. The photo-driven essays in the section "A Day in the Life of an Academic Geriatric Nurse" illustrate how the BAGNC program and geriatric nurses are improving the health of older adults across the country.
Before presenting these stories, we begin with some background. We describe the importance of geriatric nursing skills in the care of older adults and the need to increase the number of academic geriatric nurses to teach the next generation of nurses and expand the scientific basis of nursing care through research. This is followed by an overview of how the BAGNC program was structured to build capacity by investing in people, creating synergy among academic institutions, and laying the foundation for continued growth in geriatric nursing.Geriatric Nurses Serve Unique Needs of Older Adults ›