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Teaching Oral Health Nursing for Older Adults

NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)
August 05, 2017

Program Contact: Elaine Tagliareni
Press Contact: Karen R. Klestzick

Oral Health Component Added to NLN's Advancing Care Excellence
for Seniors Faculty Resources

New Teaching Strategies Created Through Partnership
with NYU's Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program

Washington, DC, August 05, 2017 - In a significant expansion of the NLN's signature Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACE.S) Program, four new teaching strategies in the critical area of oral health have been added to an array of free resources for nurse faculty. Created in partnership with the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University, they include:
  • Importance of Oral-Systemic Health in Older Adults
  • Oral Health for the Older Adult Living in the Community
  • Developing Inter-professional Education and Practice in Oral Health
  • Performing Oral Health Assessments
Periodontal disease and other symptoms of poor oral health are increasingly associated with diabetes, cancer, heart and lung disease, and progression of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, research has shown. Nurses are often the frontline caregivers in home health and community clinical settings for older, frail adults and must, therefore, develop these essential skills.

"These new instructional resources will help teach aspiring nurses how to identify barriers to appropriate interventions and dental services that many frail elderly encounter," asserted NLN president Anne R. Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Added NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN: "We are proud to collaborate with the experts at OHNEP whose belief in promoting oral health care for seniors goes hand in hand with the NLN's core values of excellence, integrity, diversity, and caring."

Erin Hartnett, DNP, APRN-BC, CPNP, the OHNEP program director and a driving force behind the development of the new NLN ACE.S teaching strategies emphasized, "We are committed to developing a nursing workforce with the interprofessional oral health competencies to recognize the importance of oral health promotion and disease prevention as an integral component of nursing practice."

OHNEP press contact Christopher James, 212-998-6876,

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.

The NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) and Teaching Oral Systemic Health (TOSH) initiatives are committed to developing a nurse workforce with the competencies to prioritize oral disease prevention and health promotion; provide evidence-based oral health care in a variety of settings; and collaborate in interprofessional teams across the health care system by becoming key stakeholders in national efforts to reduce oral health disparities across the lifespan.

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