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.