Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Want to Lower Your Rehospitalization Rate? Start with Smarter 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 on their pre- and post-test scores. 
Those specially trained RNs can net tangible results.  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 may experience similar results by increasing their RNs’ gerontological expertise.
Lower rehospitalization rates are key to success under the new CMS Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program.  CMS is tracking skilled nursing rehospitalization rates for the SNF VBP program and is using those rates to determine Medicare Part A payment levels as of October 1, 2018.

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep also thoroughly prepares interested RNs to take the ANCC Board certification exam in gerontological nursing. RNs who complete the Gero Nurse Prep program have a passing rate of 96 percent on the ANCC exam on their first try. 

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. 

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. 

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

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