Reply by Dr. Ella Kick to Karen A. Johnson on Overview: Health Care and the Aging Population: What are Today's Challenges?, Ella Kick, DNSc, RN (May 31, 2003)
Furthermore, I think it would help if we could get someone willing to contact large foundations, such as W.K. Kellogg Foundation or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to ask if they would be interested in helping us improve care in nursing homes by providing scholarships to nurses who want to pursue a Master's degree in Gerontological Nursing, with the proviso that these nurses would work for three years in a nursing home after receiving the degree.
I commend all the nurses who are working in nursing homes at this time; yet I truly believe we need more nurses with higher degrees to be in charge of nursing in these homes. Our knowledge of gerontology and gerontological nursing continues to expand. We need nurses who are on the cutting edge to be involved in nursing home care.
Ella Kick, DNSc, RN