Mary Naylor Honored for Gerontological Nursing Research

Mary Naylor Honored for Gerontological Nursing Research

Receives National Society's 2015 Doris Schwartz Award

Penn School of Nursing Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Mary Naylor has won the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2015 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award for her "outstanding and sustained contributions" to that field of scientific investigation.

Mary Naylor
Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, Penn School of Nursing Professor, Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, and LDI Senior Fellow.

Naylor will receive the award at a special session of the GSA's annual conference in Orlando, Fla., in November. She will also present a lecture about her work. 

'Advance the study of aging'
The oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of its kind, the GSA has more than 5,500 members engaged in research activities to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among health care professionals, behavioral and social scientists, policy makers, and the general public. 

GSA Award Committee Chair said "Dr. Naylor’s impact on establishing the Transitional Care Model through her research on patient centered care and patients as active participants in their own health care is extremely important work."

Multidisciplinary Penn research team
Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is also director of the Penn School of Nursing's NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, led a multidisciplinary team of Penn researchers investigating the ways elderly patients become particularly vulnerable as they transition from a hospital to a more isolated home setting with multiple health problems that continue beyond their discharge.

The original study found that that hospital-to-home transition was associated with high rates of poor outcomes; those findings then became the impetus for the design of the new "Transitional Care Model" that assigned advanced practice nurses to support transitioned patients and their families at home for 60-days after discharge. 

Naylor's Transitional Care Model has now been proven in multiple NIH-funded randomized clinical trials to significantly improve patients’ experience with care and health, while reducing avoidable re-hospitalizations.

The GSA Schwartz award is named for the late Cornell nursing professor Doris Schwartz who developed the first geriatric nursing practitioner program in the 1970s, co-authored one of the first geriatric nursing textbooks, "Gerontology and Geriatric Nursing," and is credited with a series of other landmark "firsts" in the emerging specialty field of nursing she pioneered.