College Directory

Tara A. Cortes,

Executive Director, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Professor of Geriatric Nursing
433 First Ave Room 502
New York, NY 10010
Areas of Specialization 

Leadership, Geriatrics, Nursing Administration

PhD, 1976, Nursing Science and Research, New York University College of Nursing
MA, 1971, Nursing, New York University College of Nursing
BSN, 1967, Nursing, Villanova University
Professional Overview 
Dr. Cortes has provided significant contributions to advance the health of people, particularly those with limited access to the health care system. Through her roles in nursing education and nursing administration, she has developed collaborative models with advanced practice nurses and physicians in traditional as well as nontraditional settings to enhance the care of the American elderly population. She has helped change policy and practice in geriatric care and in low-vision and blindness care by developing roles for advanced practice nurses to provide care to those with poor access to resources due to lack of knowledge or functional disabilities.
Honors and Awards 
2013, Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, The Atlantic Philanthropies
2013, Nurse Leader to Honor, American Organization of Nurse Executives
2011, Medallion for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession, Villanova University College of Nursing
2011, STAR Award, New York Women’s Agenda
2010, Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
2009, Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2009, Distinguished Alumni Award, New York University College of Nursing
2009, Our Town Thanks You Award, OTTY, Community Service Award, Our Town News
1999, The Grace Davidson Award in Recognition of an Outstanding Administrator Contributing to Nursing Education, New York University, Division of Nursing
1999, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow
RN, New York
RN, Pennsylvania
Professional Membership 
American Academy of Nursing
American Nurses Association
American Organization of Nurse Executives
Gerontological Society of America
New York Academy of Medicine
New York Academy of Sciences
New York Organization of Nurse Executives
Sigma XI, Scientific Research Society, Rockefeller University Chapter
Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Chapter

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


Leadership and Organizational Systems Management for Quality Care                   

Baccalaureate Program


Professional Nursing


Nursing-Clinical Therapeutic Interaction

Clinical Practice / Clinical Interests 

Geriatrics and Advance Practice Nursing

Mezey, M., Mitty, E., Cortes, T., Burger, S.,Clark, E., McCallion, P. (2011). A competency-based approach to educating and training the eldercare workforce. Generations, 34, 53-60.
Cortes, T.A. (2011). Creating a culture of care for older adults. Voices of Nursing Leadership, 9, 4-5.
Boockvar, K., Fishman, E., Kyriacou, C.K., Monias, A., Gavi, S., & Cortes, T. (2004). Adverse events due to discontinuations in drug use and dose changes in patients transferred between acute and long-term care facilities. Archives of Internal Medicine, 164, 545-550.
Cortes, T.A. (2004). Developing passion and excellence in critical care nursing: Proposed solutions to current challenges in critical care. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 5, 21-24. 10.1177/1527154403260654.
Cortes, T. A., Wexler, S. and Fitzpatrick, J. (2004). Improving nurse to nurse communication for the transition of elderly patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 30, 10-15. 15227932.
Cortes, T.A., Wexler, S., & Fitzpatrick, J.J. (2004). The transition of elderly patients between hospitals and nursing homes: Improving nurse-to-nurse communication. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 30, 10-17.
Cortes, T., Lee, A., Boal, J., Mion, L., & Butler, A. (2004). Using focus groups to identify asthma care and education issues for elderly urban-dwelling minority individuals. Applied Nursing Research, 17, 207-212. 10.1016/j.apnr.2004.06.002.
Cortes, T. A. (1996). Outsourcing for hospital services. Hospital Cost Management and Accounting, 36, 1-6.