Wednesday, June 26, 2019

NCAL’s 2018 Nurse of the Year Credits Gero Nurse Prep with Boosting Her Confidence in Her Geriatric Nursing Skills

Dave Kyllo

Amanda Garcia’s eight-year career as an assisted living RN at The Kensington in Fort Madison, Iowa is filled with accomplishments. She was the first in her county to become a facilitator and instructor for end-of-life care. She has trained staff at the local hospital and Iowa State Penitentiary in dementia care. She also received the Distinguished Director of Nursing in Leadership Award from the Iowa Center for Assisted Living, and, The Kensington received the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award through the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program.

In between all that, Garcia studied for and passed the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification exam in gerontological nursing – the gold standard in demonstrating knowledge and expertise in gerontological nursing. She credits the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep on-line training course in preparing her to pass the exam.

“The course is amazing and prepares you very well to take the exam,” Garcia said. “It was a real confidence booster that I do know what I’m talking about.” She said that the Gero Nurse Prep course was more intensive than she expected. “There is so much that is different and more to learn with the geriatric population.” The Gero Nurse Prep case studies pushed the envelope in using her critical thinking skills, she explained. Ninety-six percent of Gero Nurse Prep students who take the ANCC Board certification exam in gerontological nursing pass on their first try.

Statistics also back up Garcia’s Gero Nurse Prep learning experience. Gero Nurse Prep students see a dramatic 24 percent average increase between their pre- and post- course test scores. Registered nurses who are interested in increasing their knowledge of gerontological nursing practice can complete the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep course receive 30 nursing contact hours, and increase their skills and knowledge of geriatric nursing. RNs are also well prepared to sit for the ANCC Board certification test should they choose to pursue the “RN-BC” credential.

Garcia said Gero Nurse Prep and becoming an ANCC Board certified RN made her a better assisted living nurse. “I have shared my knowledge with other nurses on staff and developed new practices and procedures for the facility,” she said. She explained that there is not a lot of resources for assisted living RNs but that she believes ANCC Board certification and Gero Nurse Prep are great avenues to help RNs become better gerontological nurses.

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep provides tremendous value at the $690 AHCA/NCAL member price. That’s $23 per contact hour for outstanding nursing education that makes a measurable difference on so many fronts. For RNs pursuing Board certification through ANCC, there is an additional and separate cost of $395.

To learn more about Gero Nurse Prep and ANCC Board certification, watch this video and check out AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep today.

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