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Alumnus Accepted into Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy

Chris Forcucci (BSN ’94), RN, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been accepted into the Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy (GNLA), which is presented by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). In collaboration with the John A. Hartford Foundation Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the program pairs Leadership Mentors and Fellows in a blended curriculum designed to empower nurses to effectively lead their organizations through challenging times regarding elder care.

Forcucci, who currently works at Aging & In-home Services of Northeast Indiana—the state and federal designated Area Agency on Aging providing service to a nine county region in northeast Indiana—will be a Fellow.  

Forcucci is working with Dr. Keela Herr, RN, AGSF, FAAN from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, to expand services offered to older adults through a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). The program will provide support to older adults living with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, learn to live successfully with the disease and have positive health care outcomes through the support of peer leaders and community-based health care professionals.

“With the number of adults entering the aging network in the coming years, providers must be prepared to offer services in ways and locations that may not have traditionally been utilized,” stated Forcucci.

The CDSMP being adapted by Forcucci will combine the efforts of local groups and incorporate both peer leaders and healthcare professionals who will provide community-based support to older adults.

As the health care system strains under the increasing number of people who need geriatric care, nurses are perhaps the hardest hit professional group. They must negotiate the needs of patients and family members, coordinate with other health care providers, as well as ensure compliance with the laws and regulations that apply to health care.

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The GNLA provides a multitude of methodologies for developing leadership knowledge and competence, with a focus on individual leadership, advanced nursing practice through team leadership, and organizational scope of influence. The GNLA is possible with a grant from The Retirement Research Foundation and additional support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, Hill-Rom and STTI.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 125,000 members in 90 countries. More information about STTI can be found at

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Oct 5th, 2012