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Instructor receives national award for work in gerontology

The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence has awarded Dr. Elizabeth M. Long, assistant professor in the Lamar University JoAnne Dishman School of Nursing the Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Award. This award recognizes the leadership of nurse educators working with students,Elizabeth Long faculty, providers and older people in diverse settings. The award was presented to Long at the NHCGNE Leadership Conference held virtually, October 27-29.

Long has been teaching at LU as an instructor for 15 years. In 2015, she was hired as assistant professor and she currently teaches courses in the graduate program including Advanced Pharmacy, Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Nursing Issues and Policy. She also teaches Comprehensive Health Assessment in the RN to BSN track.

Through her teaching, Long, a certified geriatric nurse practitioner, strives to be an advocate or a voice for older adults and she attributes this personal goal to being honored with this award.

“As a gerontological nurse educator, I have the opportunity to guide future nurses and nurse peers by advocating for older adults through education and practice. Helping to bridge gaps in attitude, knowledge and application of evidence-based practice in the care of older adults promotes improved outcomes and experiences for older adults,” said Long. “Earning the award highlights my efforts to be an advocate for older adults.”

Dr. Cynthia Stinson, chair of the JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing, encouraged Long to submit her application for the award based on her teaching career as well as on her impact on the profession related to caring for the elderly.

“Dr. Long has spent many hours teaching students about older adult health needs,” said Stinson. “In addition, she has published a number of articles and presented numerous papers on care of the older population. She has also completed research and encouraged others to participate in research about gerontology. She has state and national recognition for her work on music memory and its impact on older adults. She has worked with state agencies to improve care to this population through education of caregivers. Probably one of her major contributions is her passion for providing competent evidence-based care to this population.”

The Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Award’s purpose is to prepare the future nurse workforce to care for an aging population. To learn more about the award, visit .