Mathy Mezey Excellence in Aging Award

Updated:Mar 18,2015

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing and the Atlantic Philanthropies, Inc.

Award Deadline: 
April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in promoting competence in caring for the elderly cardiovascular or stroke patient through teaching, research, and/or practice.

Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN was most recently Professor Emerita, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Mezey received her undergraduate and graduate education at Colombia University.  She worked as a public health nurse in NY City and taught at Lehman College, City University of New York, and the University of Pennsylvania; School of Nursing.

CVSN’s original award, the Nurse Competence in Aging Award, was established when the Council received a grant to highlight care for older adults; this nation-wide project was led by Dr. Mezey. The CVSN Council has continued to award after funding ended in order to recognized members who were making important contributions to the care of older adults with cardiovascular disease. We seek to re-name this award after this esteemed leader in geriatric nursing who recognized the need for specialty organizations to improve care delivery for older adults.

The award initially was supported by the Nurse Competence in Aging initiative, a 5-year initiative funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., awarded to the American Nurses Association (ANA) through the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), that represents a strategic alliance between the ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing. For the past several years CVSN has been covering the cost of the award, which it will continue to do as additional sponsors are sought..

Award Information (click on the sections below for more information)

  • Applicant must be actively engaged in research, teaching or practice related to the care of elders.
  • Applicant must be a member of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing at the time of application. Applicants needing to join the AHA should do so by May 30.
  • Applicant can be at any career stage, but must have evidence of sustained contribution to the field of aging.
  • Applicant must hold a full-time position.
  • Award recipients are not eligible to compete in subsequent years.
  • The chosen awardee must agree to attend the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing annual dinner.






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