Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A MDS Coordinator’s View on How Gero Nurse Prep Transformed Her into a Geriatric Nurse Specialist

Dave Kyllo

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep does much more than just prepare RNs to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification exam in gerontological nursing. It increases experienced RNs’ knowledge of gerontological nursing practice.  Gero Nurse Prep students see a whopping 24 percent increase between their pre- and post-course test scores.

Emily Sample, the MDS Coordinator at Sumner Place in Lincoln, Nebraska agrees. “The Gerontological Nurse Certification program provided me with the opportunity to grow as a nurse practicing in this area of nursing,” she said.  “It has advanced my knowledge in various areas of the aging process which has helped enhance my critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”
The statistics prove it.  Gero Nurse Prep grads know more about gerontological nursing. Taking the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep course does not obligate a RN to sit for the ANCC Board certification exam.  Registered nurses who are interested in increasing their knowledge of gerontological nursing practice can simply complete the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep course earn 30 CEUs, and increase their skills and knowledge of geriatric nursing.

“I feel this program helped me become more of a ‘specialist’ in geriatric care/nursing,” Sample said.  “The course itself was easy to navigate and I felt it challenged what I already knew about geriatric care forcing me to think more in depth.”

There is also statistical support that facilities with at least one RN with ANCC Board Certification in gerontological nursing have significantly better outcomes in key areas on which nursing facility performance is judged.  AHCA/NCAL research shows these facilities have lower re-hospitalization rates, lower usage of off-label anti-psychotics and are twice as likely to receive a 5-Star CMS rating.

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is also designed to thoroughly prepare RNs to take the ANCC board certification exam in gerontological nursing.  It does that.  RNs who complete the Gero Nurse Prep program have a passing rate of 96 percent on the ANCC exam on their first try.  Sample believes it also makes RNs better nurse leaders.

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.  That means having an ANCC Board certified RN can easily give providers an edge in the marketplace by having better nurse leaders who are specialists in geriatric care.

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is affordable at $690 for 30 nursing contact hours filled with high quality training that gets results.  For RNs interested in pursuing Board certification through ANCC, that cost is an additional and separate cost of $395.

“I feel what I have learned from the course has helped me become more confident in my practice and decision making as well as a better leader and advocate for this population,” Samples stated.
Watch this video to learn more about the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep program that Samples credits with her increased nursing knowledge and leadership skills.

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