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Gerontology Nursing Leader Joins U.Va. Nursing School

March , 2003-- Graying baby-boomers will increase Virginia’s elderly population by 25 percent by 2025 — five years earlier than national projections. They will need a cadre of specialized nurses, but the current nursing shortage raises concerns about resources that will be available to meet this need.

At the University of Virginia School of Nursing, leaders are being trained to meet the growing demand for geriatric nursing care, and the school now has a well-known gerontological nurse practitioner to help build the program.

Courtney Lyder, a geriatric specialist, joined the Nursing School faculty in January from Yale University.

Lyder, the first to hold the U.Va. Medical Center Professorship in Nursing, will combine clinical research, practice and teaching, and will continue the gerontological nursing research he has been involved with since 1991. Through a Web-based geriatric program, he will provide training for faculty across the nation. Lyder has also selected U.Va. as one of three sites to study advancements in chronic wound care of the elderly.

In addition, Lyder will be part of an interdisciplinary Institute on Aging being formed at U.Va. The institute’s goals include promoting health and independence for older people through collaborations among researchers, scholars and health care professionals in several U.Va. schools, including Medicine, Nursing, Law, Arts & Sciences, Business and Education. Lyder is among 100 faculty and staff in disciplines across Grounds who will work together on issues and care related to aging.

“Lyder brings to this group of committed professionals significant talent and experience, not only in the general care of older adults but more particularly in chronic wound care,” said nursing Dean Jeanette Lancaster.

“In the short time that I have known Dr. Lyder, I have been impressed with his commitment to the health care and health promotion needs of older adults—his practical understanding of what will make their lives more gratifying, his ability to partner with others and his enormous energy and enthusiasm for making the care of older adults at the University of Virginia the very best possible,” Lancaster said.

Lyder said, “I will play a key role in developing educational programs in gerontology, establishing partnerships with community agencies and in the important work with foundations and corporations that have a keen interest in the health of older adults.

“I am looking forward to helping health professionals know how to most effectively provide this care.”

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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