Marleen Thornton named predoctoral scholar by the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity

AURORA, Colo. (July 19, 2010)—The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) recently announced more than $2 million in awards to its latest cohort of fellows and scholars in academic geriatric nursing including $100,000 to Marleen Thornton, MSN, RN, a PhD student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. As one of only 11 2010-2012 predoctoral scholars, Thornton will receive the monies over two years to support her doctoral training in academic geriatric nursing.

Thornton’s background is in geriatric, psychiatric-mental health, and public health nursing. She previously taught at Alverno College in Milwaukee and her research interest in her PhD program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing focuses on successful aging in the ‘oldest old’ population in the U.S.

“This scholarship is an extraordinary opportunity that will enable me to focus keenly on my goal of becoming an academic geriatric nurse,” said Thornton. “It will also allow me to gain new leadership abilities and collaborate with experts in the field of geriatric nursing.”

According to Kathy Magilvy, PhD, FAAN, professor and associate dean for Academic Programs at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and Thornton’s sponsor and mentor in the scholarship program, part of Thornton’s scholarship program will include leadership training and she will be helping to increase the numbers of nurse scientists, educators, and leaders in geriatric nursing in the U.S. “This important scholarship awarded to Marleen is richly deserved; she is an exceptional nurse and student,” said Magilvy.

Two other faculty mentors include Jacqueline Jones, PhD, RGN, associate professor in the University of Colorado College of Nursing, and Colleen Keller, PhD, from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.

Thornton has twin three-year old daughters and her husband serves in the military as a member of the US Coast Guard.

Since 2000, the Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) has had the generous backing of the John A. Hartford Foundation, augmented with monies from The Atlantic Philanthropies. The BAGNC has supported more than 200 Fellows and Scholars to date.

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About Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity
The Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) program began in 2000 with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, and subsequently attracted additional funding partners in The Atlantic Philanthropies and Mayday Fund. BAGNC’s main goals are to: increase the cadre of academic geriatric nurses, build leadership capacity in academic geriatric nurses, and build national collaboration and excitement about geriatric nursing. For more information, see

About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing ( anticipates and tracks national and international trends in health care, while addressing resulting issues of health care knowledge and policy. The Academy’s mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

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