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Aetna Foundation Grant Will Support Gerontology Careers: Upcoming career fair to provide information on geriatric nursing

Posted: April 16, 2018

Career fairs offer student nurses the opportunity to meet a variety of employers

Spring 2018 Career Fair on Geriatric Nursing
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Steve Hicks School of Social Work | 1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas
Employers: Senior Care Centers; Regency Integrated Health Services; and Arbour at Westminster Manor

Most of us have read the headlines about how the population is aging and that the United States needs more health care professionals to care for the needs of a changing demographic. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that by the year 2030, nearly 20 percent of Americans will be age 65 and over and estimates that geriatric nursing careers will expand significantly over the coming decades. In hospitals and nursing care facilities, nurses can expect an increase in employment of 22 and 20 percent, respectively.

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is well aware of this growing need, but how exactly can the School help its young charges better understand the many and varied issues older people experience and how to help them?

One way is through a career fair focused on geriatric nursing and long-term care clinics and senior living homes.

On Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the School is joining forces with the Steve Hicks School of Social Work for the Spring 2018 Career Fair. Among the employers attending will be several in the long-term care industry, such as Senior Care Centers, with more than 100 locations through Texas and Louisiana; Regency Integrated Health Services; and the Arbour at Westminster Manor, who are interested in meeting with student nurses to discuss career opportunities.

The UT Austin School of Nursing is fortunate to house the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care, which provides education and training to providers who work in long-term care settings and to lay learners interested in long-term services and supports. The School of Nursing and the Center for Excellence are partners of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and share research-based geriatric and disability best practices to improve the quality of care for all Texans in long-term care.

In support of this important work, the Aetna Foundation recently awarded the Center for Excellence a $50,000 grant to create training courses for health care providers to improve the quality of care provided to Texas residents living in nursing homes. Patrina Fowler, chief executive officer at Aetna Better Health of Texas Medicaid, will be on hand at the job fair at 11 a.m. to present the grant to Dr. Tracie Harrison, director of the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care.

To learn more about the grant or about the Aetna Foundation you may read the Long Term Care Center receives $50,000 grant from Aetna Foundation article, which was recently published on the School of Nursing website. Student nurses are encouraged to attend the Spring 2018 job fair Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., April 20, at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, 1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas.

Contact: Sherry Reddick, or Tracie Harrison,

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