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Mathy Mezey,

Professor Emerita
Senior Research Scientist
Associate Director, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
726 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Areas of Specialization 

Geriatric nursing education, Quality of care for older people in hospitals and long-term care

DSc, Honoris Causa, 2009, Fairfield University
DSc, Honoris Causa, 2007, Case Western Reserve University
EdD, 1977, Columbia University, Teachers College
MEd, 1973, Columbia University, Teachers College,
BSN, Columbia University, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine,
Professional Overview 
Dr. Mezey worked as a public health nurse, at Jacobi Hospital in NYC and taught at Lehman College, City University of NY. For 10 years she was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and directed the geriatric nurse practitioner program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Teaching Nursing Home Program. At NYU College of Nursing, from 1991 to 2008, she was Independence Foundation Professor, and in 1996, assumed the position of Director, the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. Dr. Mezey has authored 11 books and over 70 publications. Her work focuses on care of the older adults in all levels of nursing education and nursing practice and in all levels of nursing care.
Honors and Awards 
2010, Donald P. Kent Award, the Gerontological Society of America
2010, Nascher/Manning Award, American Geriatrics Society
2009, Doctor of Law, Honoris Causa, Fairield University
2007, DSc Honoris Causa, Case Western Reserve University
2006, Commencement Speaker, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
2005, The Duke/Carolina Visiting Professorship in Geriatric Nursing
2005, Lifetime Achievement Award, Nursing Spectrum
2004, Lifetime Achievement Award, National Gerontological Nurses Association
2001, Book of the Year Award, The Encyclopedia of Elder Care, The American Journal of Nursing
2000, Walter M. Beattie Award, State Society on Aging of New York
1998, Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
1996, Alumni Medal, Columbia University
1995, Nursing Scholarship and Research Award. Alumni Association, Teachers College, Columbia University
1994, Second Century Award for outstanding contributions to nursing and health care. Columbia University School of Nursing
1993, Book of the Year Award, Medical-Surgical Nursing and Health Policy. American Journal of Nursing
1994, 1993, 1991, Book of the Year Award, Gerontological Nursing. The American Journal of Nursing
1993, Ethics Work Group, the President's Health Care Task Force, Washington DC: The White House, Member
1992-1998, Emeriti, 1998- University Trustee, Columbia University
1992, Editor, Springer Series on Geriatric Nursing, Springer Publishing Co.
1991, The Soule Lecturer, University of Washington School of Nursing
1991, Ross Laboratories Institutional Long-Term Care Award
1990, Gerontological Nurse of the Year, American Nurses Association
1990, Visiting Scholar, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
RN, New York
Professional Membership 
Member, American Nurses Association
Gerontological Society of America
Editorial Advisor, Geriatric Nursing
Member, The New York Academy of Medicine
Editorial Board, The Gerontologist
Project Advisory Committee, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Center for Home Care Policy and Research
Clinical Practice / Clinical Interests 

1966-1969, Public Health Nurse, Visiting Nursing Service of Westchester, White Plains, NY
1961-1964, Staff Nurse (per diem), Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, New York, NY
1960-1961, Public Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, NY

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.
Mezey, M.D., & Mitty, E. (2011). A bill of rights for hospitalized older adults. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41, 115-121. 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31820c722d.
Mitty, E., Resnick, B., Allen, J., Bakerjian, D., Hertz, J., Gardner, W., Rapp, M.P., Reinhard, S., Young, H., & Mezey, M. (2010). Nursing delegation and medication administration in assisted living. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 34, 162-171. 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e3181d9183f.
Gray-Miceli, D., Asselage, M., & Mezey, M. (2010). Teaching strategies for atypical presentation of illness in older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 36, 38-43. 10.3928/00989134-20100601-01.
Kim, H., Kovner, C., Harrington, C., Greene, W., & Mezey, M. (2009). A panel data analysis of the relationships of nursing home staffing levels and standards to regulatory deficiencies. Journal of Gerontology: Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 64(B), 269-278. 10.1093/geronb/gbn019, PMCID: PMC2655170.
Bourbonniere, M., Mezey M., Mitty, E.L., Burger, S., Bonner A., Bowers, B., Burl, J.B., Carter, D., Dimant, J., Jerro, S.A., Reinhard, S.C., Ter Maat, M., & Nicholson N.R. (2009). Expanding the knowledge base of resident and facility outcomes of care delivered by advanced practice nurses in long-term care: Expert panel recommendations. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 10, 64-70. 10.1177/1527154409332289.
Mezey, M., Mitty, E., & Burger, S.G. (2009). Nursing homes as a clinical site for training geriatric health care professionals. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 10, 196-203. 10.1016/j.jamda.2008.11.002.
Boltz, M., Capezuti, E., Bower- Ferres, S., Norman, R., Secic, M., Kim, H., Fairchild, S., Mezey, M., & Fulmer, T. (2008). Changes in the geriatric care environment associated with NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for HealthSystem Elders). Geriatric Nursing, 29, 176-185. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2008.02.002.
Capezuti, E., Zwicker, D., Mezey, M., & Fulmer, T. (Eds.). (2008). Evidence-based geriatric nursing protocols for best practice (3rd ed.). New York: Springer.
Mezey, M., Mitty, E., Burger, S.G., & McCallion, P. (2008). Health care professional training: A comparison of geriatric competencies. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56, 1724-1729. 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.01857.x.
Boltz, M., Capezuti, E., Bowar-Ferres, S., Norman, R., Secic, M., Kim, H., Fairchild, S., Mezey, M., & Fulmer, T. (2008). Hospital nurses' perception of the geriatric nurse practice environment. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40, 282-289. 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2008.00239.x.
Mezey, M.D., Mitty, E.L., & Burger, S.G. (2008). Rethinking teaching nursing homes: Potential for improving long-term care. The Gerontologist, 48, 8-15. 10.1093/geront/48.1.8.
Kim, H., Capezuti, E., Boltz, M., Fairchild, S., Fulmer, T., & Mezey, M. (2007). Factor structure of the geriatric care environment scale. Nursing Research, 56, 339-347. 10.1097/01.NNR.0000289500.37661.aa.
Mezey, M. (2007). Lessons from a career in geriatric nursing. In D. Mason, J. Leavitt, & M. Chaffee (Eds.), Policy & politics in nursing and health care (5th ed.), (pp. 58-62). New York: Springer.
Escober, C., Scotese, J., Berman, A., Thaler, J., Fairchild, S., Gould, E., & Mezey, M. (2007). Portrayal of nursing to incoming students: Results of a national survey of geriatric and pediatric web images on baccalaureate nursing program web sites. Journal of Professional Nursing, 23, 220-225. 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.01.005.
Mezey, M., Dubler, N.N., Mitty, E., & Brody, A.A. (2002). What impact do setting and transitions have on the quality of life at the end of life and the quality of the dying process?. The Gerontologist, 42 (Suppl 3), 54-67. 10.1093/geront/42.suppl_3.54.