NGNA Release Position Paper on Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education

NGNA has released a position paper on Mandatory Gerontological Nursing Education in all Registered Nursing Programs and Gerontological Nursing Continuing Education for all RNs in the US. The intent of this position statement is to affirm the need to mandate that all registered nursing education programs offer stand-alone didactic and clinical courses in gerontological nursing as part of the undergraduate curriculum. Further, that all registered nurses should be required to participate in a geriatric continuing education event for continued licensure. All nurses will care for older adults during their career either professionally or personally regardless of their specialty. The challenge of the 21 st century for nursing is to educate the profession about the geriatric population for best practice.

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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.