Becoming a Geriatric Nurse

Programs for the Practicing Nurse

Gerontological Nurse Certification is available through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Certification aids the practicing nurse by encouraging and recognizing professional expertise in gerontological nursing.

Geriatric Education Centers (GECs) are funded by the federal government to provide geriatric training for health care professionals from many disciplines. Most GECs offer a Certificate of Completion after taking a series of courses.

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA). is an organization of nurses whose mission is dedicated to improving the clinical care of older people. Members are educators, administrators, clinicians, and researchers who share the organizations focus on clinical care.

Geriatric Specialty Groups of Professional Nursing Associations provides pre-conference workshops, continuing education programs, and electronic and print resources which nurses can use to gain geriatric competency in an area of specialization such as oncology, hospice, emergency nursing and critical care. See the listing of ANA-SNAPGs on this web-site.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing offers assessment instruments, protocols, and many other resources th help practicing nurses gain competence in geriatric nursing.