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.
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.
Lyder, a geriatric specialist, joined the Nursing School faculty
in January from Yale University.
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.
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.
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
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,”
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.
am looking forward to helping health professionals know how to most
effectively provide this care.”
Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629