About Nurse Competence in Aging


Nurse Competence in Aging (NCA) focused on improving the quality of health care older adults receive by enhancing the geriatric competence - the knowledge, skills and attitudes - of the 400,000 nurses who are professionally identified as members of approximately 55 specialty nursing associations.

Nurse Competence in Aging is:

  • Enhancing Geriatric Activities of National Specialty Nursing Associations - Associations have applied for grant funding and received technical assistance to move forward with geriatric best practice initiatives. Funded associations are designated ANA-SNAPGs - American Nurses Association - Specialty Nursing Association Partners in Geriatrics. (See list below)
  • Promoting Gerontological Nursing Certification to encourage specialty nurses to obtain dual certification and validate their geriatric competence along with their specialty expertise. (See link below)

  • Providing a Web-based Comprehensive Geriatric Nursing Resource Center. geronurse-online.org is a comprehensive Website providing current best practice information on care of older adults. We invite you to explore GeroNurseOnline and become a Gero Smart Nurse! 

Nurse Competence in Aging was initiated by a 5-year grant by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., awarded to the American Nurses Association (ANA) through the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), and represents a strategic alliance between ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing. NCA continues to drive attention to the needs of older adults and provide information to nurses regarding care of older adults.