Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Celebrate the Year of the Nurse by Offering Your RNs Gerontological Nurse Certification

Dave Kyllo

2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. The World Health Assembly (the governing body of the World Health Organization) declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife to recognize the milestone. Organizations around the world are using the occasion to put the spotlight on nurses and the nursing profession.
AHCA/NCAL members can put the spotlight on their RNs and improve facility performance by continuing their RNs’ advancement through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board certification in gerontological nursing.   Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL in 2019 found that SNFs with at least one ANCC Board certified RN experienced:

  • Significantly higher SNF Value Based Purchasing scores
  • Fewer survey deficiencies
  • Fewer IJ citations
  • Lower rehospitalization rates
  • Lower rates of off-label use of antipsychotics
  • Higher CMS 5-Star ratings

AHCA/NCAL believes assisted living communities would also experience positive improvements based on the similarities in care offered by both long term care settings. 

The ANCC offers certification in gerontological nursing – the gold standard in demonstrating clinical excellence in geriatric patient 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 RNs prepare for the certification exam, AHCA/NCAL offers an online course called Gero Nurse Prep.  RNs who complete the course earn 30 nursing contact hours and experience a 96% pass rate on the ANCC certification exam on the first try.  Gero Nurse Prep students see a whopping 24 percent average increase between their pre- and post-test scores.

Gero Nurse Prep is flexible.  RNs study online at their own pace and have one year from the time they enroll to complete their Gero Nurse Prep coursework. 

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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