School of Nursing faculty and graduates featured in new geriatric health care textbook

Cover of RU's Virginia Burggraf's soon-to-be-published geriatric nursing textbook

Radford University's Virginia Burggraf, distinguished professor of nursing, is the co-editor and School of Nursing faculty and graduates are featured authors in a soon-to-be published textbook "Healthy Aging: Principles and Clinical Practice for Clinicians."

The 29-chapter book incorporates a holistic framework for collaborative geriatric care between physicians, gerontologists and nurses.  Katie Katz, instructor of nursing, wrote the book's final chapter "End-of-Life Care" and Burggraf wrote the opening two chapters "Advanced Practice for Geriatric Clinicians" and "Healthy People 2020: Implications for Practice." Joni Goldwasser and Carey Cole, graduates of RU's Doctor of Nursing Practice program, wrote chapters on pulmonary disease and diabetes.

Co-editors with Burggraf are Dr. Kye Kim, professor and director of academic affairs for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Dr. Aubrey Knight, associate dean of student affairs and professor of medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

"The older population is increasing and it has been a rewarding challenge to combine current evidence-based research with my colleagues' decades of experience," said Burggraf.

Healthy Aging is currently available for pre-order at and will be available on March 31.

Feb 11, 2014