Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Gero Nurse Prep is a Powerful Resource for Assisted Living RNs!

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 dramatic 24 percent average increase between their pre- and post- course test scores.

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 receive 30 nursing contact hours, and increase their skills and knowledge of geriatric nursing. 

Gero Nurse Prep is on sale! Save $100 off the regular registration fee now through November 30 by using promo code REALRN18 (all caps). AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep provides tremendous value at this AHCA/NCAL member $590 sale price. That’s less than $20 per contact hour for outstanding nursing education that makes a measurable difference on so many fronts. For RNs interested in pursuing Board certification through ANCC, there is an additional and separate cost of $395. 

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL in 2016 found that the rehospitalization rates in nursing facilities with at least one RN certified in gerontological nursing by the ANCC consistently have run at least two percentage points lower than the national average since 2011. AHCA/NCAL believes that assisted living settings will experience similar results by increasing their RNs’ gerontological expertise. 

Hospitals and skilled nursing facilities with recently discharged hospital patients are keeping a close watch on their Medicare patients to ensure that they are not readmitted within 30 days of discharge, including those hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries who return to or move into assisted living settings following a hospital stay. Both hospitals and SNFs face financial consequences under Medicare if their rehospitalization rates are too high. Both are also going to be reluctant to refer to with assisted living communities that are not carefully managing hospitalizations and rehospitalizations. 

Watch this video to learn more about AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep. AHCA/NCAL is also hosting a free webinar on November 8 at 2 p.m. EST that will provide a more in depth look at how experienced assisted living and nursing facility RNs can improve outcomes with focused additional gerontological nurse training. Follow this link to register for the Improving Clinical Outcomes Through Competent Gerontological Nurses. If you need assistance accessing the webinar, please contact educate@ahca.org.

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