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Advancing Knowledge and Science

Rush College of Nursing has had a long-term commitment to the advanced preparation of nurses who focus on clinically-based research that targets the care of older adults. In 1997, the Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Nurses Alumni Association established the Nurses Alumni Association Chair in Health and the Aging Process. Through efforts of committed faculty members and with support from multidisciplinary colleagues, the Rush Nursing Center for Aging and Health is proud to highlight NIH and foundation-funded research that has focused on family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease, hospitalized persons with delirium, cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment in older adults.


Educating Future Providers

In 2008, the Institute of Medicine in their report, Retooling for an Aging America, projected that the United States will need an additional 3.5-million health care providers by 2030 just to maintain the current ratio of health care workers to the population. RNCAH faculty are doing their part in educating nurses at these levels: generalist entry master's, adult advanced practice nurses, Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD program). Graduates are prepared to assume supportive and advanced clinical roles, leadership and faculty/scholar roles.



Improving Care of Older Adults

Illinois is the fifth most populated state with over 12-million persons. Nearly three-million persons live in the Chicago area and approximately 300,000 are persons over 65 years of age. Many older adults have at least one medical health problem and view themselves as being in fair to poor health.

The Rush Nursing Center for Aging and Health (RNCAH) faculty have long integrated multiple health care roles in responding to the needs of older adults -- that of being clinicians, teachers and researchers. The goal for health care of older adults is to help them maintain overall health and function (mental, physical/functional, social and spiritual), and treat illness in the least restrictive setting. RNCAH faculty members currently care for older adults in their home, community settings, hospitals, nursing homes and at the end of life.




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