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Regis College Associate Nursing Professor Strengthens Faculty in Geriatrics

December 1, 2009

Margherite Matteis, Associate Professor in Nursing and Generic Masters Nursing Coordinator, recently completed a special training program for faculty development in the area of care of the elderly. The Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium Institute (GNEC) aimed at Enhancing Geriatric Content in Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum.

This program was supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation. Dr. Matteis will be a resource to fellow Regis nursing faculty in integrating evidenced-based nursing content on care of older people into the nursing curriculum. With an ever-increasing percentage of the population becoming elderly, Regis College is committed to preparing nurses to meet the present and future health care needs of this demographic group.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, much of today’s health care is devoted to the care of older adults. They are the core business of hospitals. Regis College’s Nursing Program is responding with intellectual rigor and clinical sensitivity and compassion to this great need.

"We are very gratified that Dr. Matteis was selected to participate in this important program. The process of faculty selection is highly competitive," said Dr. Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, Dean of the Regis College School of Nursing and Health Professions. "Supporting her mission reflects Regis’ commitment to geriatric education," she added.

Hays has had a distinguished career in geriatrics and gerontology for 32 years. She is a national leader in the development of the advanced practice geriatric nursing role in extended care, home care and acute care settings. As an assistant professor of nursing at Boston University School of Nursing and the Department of Geriatrics at the Boston University Medical Center, Hays developed the Geriatric Acute Consultative Service and was integral to the development of the geriatric residency and geriatric fellowship programs in medicine at the hospital.

Hays' research is focused on the intersection of geriatrics, home care and health policy as they affect the future health care delivery system. She has served on local, national and international committees regarding practice and education issues in geriatric care across disciplines. In addition to board membership on the Massachusetts Gerontological Society, she serves on several local boards of extended care facilities, home care agencies and an acute care hospital.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors; master’s degree programs in education, health product regulation, and nursing, and in communication, leadership and service, and public administration with a strategic focus on health care; and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617)423-7770; aronsbarron@barronaw.com.

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