NGNA Recommends National Standards to Prepare Nurses to Care for Older Adults

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is pleased to announce recommendations for improving educational preparation of registered nurses to care for older adults.

NGNA’s Advanced Practice Nursing Special Interest Group developed a position statement in response to the growing numbers of older adults, estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to reach 20% of the total population by the year 2030.  

“With less than 1% of the nation’s registered nurses certified in gerontological nursing, the need for strengthening the current and future nursing workforce to deliver excellent care to older adults is growing,” says NGNA President Amy Cotton, MSN, GNP-BC, FNGNA.   

NGNA’s position statement, Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education in all Registered Nursing Programs and Gerontological Nursing Continuing Education for all RNs in the U.S., recommends the following:

  • Registered nursing programs institute a three hour didactic stand-alone gerontological nursing course for all undergraduate nursing students by 2013.
  • Registered nursing programs institute a three hour clinical course in geriatrics for all undergraduate nursing students by 2013.
  • All practicing nurses in the U.S. participate in a two hour minimum continuing education class on a geriatric topic every year for re-licensure in each state.
  • Registered nursing program faculty teaching adult/geriatric courses participate in a geriatric continuing education program and are encouraged to seek national certification in gerontological nursing or annual continuing education in gerontological nursing.

The complete position statement can be viewed by clicking here.


Applications Are Being Accepted for the Sigma Theta Tau International/NGNA Research Grant

The purpose of the Sigma Theta Tau International/National Gerontological Nursing Association research grant is to support nursing research that will help improve health care for older adults. Funds for this grant are provided by Sigma Theta Tau International and the National Gerontological Nursing Association. For more information or to apply please visit

We Can’t Wait: Administration Announces New Steps to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

The Obama Administration announced on February 14 new efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease, including immediately making an additional $50 million available for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research. In addition, the administration announced that its Fiscal Year 2013 budget will boost funding for Alzheimer’s research by $80 million. Today’s announcement also includes an additional $26 million in caregiver support, provider education, public awareness and improvements in data infrastructure.

In January 2011, President Obama signed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which calls for an aggressive and coordinated national Alzheimer’s disease plan. The Act also establishes an Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, which brings together some of the Nation’s foremost experts on Alzheimer’s disease to inform the development of the national plan. The preliminary framework for the National Alzheimer’s Disease Plan identifies key goals including preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. As work on the plan continues, the Obama Administration is taking action.

For more information on the efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease visit:

Mayo represents NGNA at the Eldercare Workforce Alliance

A collection of photos from EWA's various advocacy days on Capitol Hill.

Inova Loudoun Hospital Earns Second Nursing Magnet Recognition

Inova Loudoun Hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Inova Loudoun joins sister organizations Inova Fairfax and Inova Fair Oaks hospitals which have also attained Magnet status.

Notification of the designation came via a mid-morning conference call initiated by Patricia Reid Ponte, DNSc, RN, FAAN, chair of the ANCC Commission on Magnet Recognition. On hand to receive the news were members of ILH's Senior Administration led by CEO Randy Kelley and Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Dugan as well as ILH's management team, nursing leadership and staff. "To hold the distinction yet again demonstrates the outstanding level of nursing care afforded the residents of Loudoun County. We are proud to be a Magnet facility," commented Kelley.

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