Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ANCC Board Certified Nurses Make a Difference in Reducing Use of Off-Label Antipsychotics

Dave Kyllo

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL last summer found that the off-label antipsychotic use in skilled nursing centers with at least one RN certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) were an average three to four percent lower than the national average in each quarter calendar years 2012 through 2015. Given the similarities between skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities, it is possible that similar correlations could hold true for assisted settings.


Reducing off-label antipsychotic use is one of the goals in the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. Having RNs who are knowledgeable in gerontological nursing can be a key factor in driving non-pharmacological alternatives in providing quality dementia care.   


ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Less than one percent of America’s RNs are board certified in gerontological nursing. 


To help increase the number of board certified RNs, AHCA/NCAL’s Gero Nurse Prep program is designed to help RNs prepare for and pass the ANCC gerontological certification exam. RNs who complete the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep program have a passing rate of 96 percent on the ANCC exam and receive 30 CEUs.


AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is on sale now through April 30 and each RN registrant can save $100 off his/her Gero Nurse Prep by entering promo code QUALITY17 (all caps) at checkout. That means RNs who are interested can become board certified for less than $1,000 ($590 sale price for AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep and a separate $395 to take the ANCC exam). 

Watch this video to learn more about AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep or click on the course preview to get a quick view of this engaging on-line curriculum designed to help RNs pass the ANCC exam. 

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