About Gero Nurse Prep

Online gerontological certification training for your key RN staff.
It's all about superior care for seniors


The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (ANCC)

This activity is provided for 30.0 contact hours under ANCC criteria.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education has been awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program. This distinction is valid through 2020.

Course Background

Nationwide online Gero Nurse Prep training grew out of an innovative, forward-looking and enormously successful pilot project proposed by UNMC College of Nursing and funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant.

On September 1, 2009, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Northwest Health Foundation Partners Investing in Nursing's Future awarded $250,000 to UNMC College of Nursing and Vetter Foundation for a project designed to improve the quality of nursing care in long-term care facilities in the Midwest.

The grant project was entitled, Midwest Partner for Geriatric Nursing and was led by Dr. Mary Cramer, Associate Professor and Chair at UNMC CON and Mr. Glenn Van Ekeren, President of Vetter Health Services. The RWJF/NWHF monies were matched by 15 regional businesses and foundations who partnered on the project and committed $250,000 bringing the total grant award to $500,000. These important regional partners represented over 60 long term care facilities and included the following:

  • Vetter Foundation
  • UNMC College of Nursing
  • Nebraska Methodist College
  • Vetter Health Facilities
  • NYE Senior Services
  • Nebraska Health Care Foundation
  • Tabitha Health Care
  • Nebraska Health Care Association
  • Golden Living
  • Iowa West Foundation
  • UNMC Center for Geriatric Education
  • Nebraska Center for Nursing
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • University of Nebraska Foundation
  • Hitchcock Foundation
  • St. Jane de Chantal Long Term Care, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
  • UNMC CON Class of 1960

The project included three components: EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, CAREER LADDER.

Over the course of two years, 125 registered nurses employed in long term care facilities participated in a web-based, 10-week course on geriatric nursing. The education was innovative and used state of the art technology and learner-centered strategies to keep nurses engaged. The results have been outstanding. To date, 96% of RNs have successfully passed the ANCC certification exam as Gerontological Nurses.

Research has shown that there has been a statistically significant improvement in empowerment, knowledge, competence, collaboration, satisfaction, and intent to remain.

The project's certified Gerontological Nurses were invited to join the Nurse Leadership Academy, which was developed by the project in order to promote on-going competence, provide mentoring and resources, and serve as a social networking forum for nurses in long-term care. Our Nurse Leadership Academy has merged with the National Gerontological Nurses Association (NGNA) to become a Special Interest Group for Long Term Care.

Finally, the project worked with owners and administrators of long-term care to develop "Best Practices for LTC Administration". This document serves as a guide for how to recognize RN educational achievement that promotes quality care , improves RN job satisfaction, and leads to increased retention.

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE)

Accredited in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Continuing Nursing Education department of the UNMC College of Nursing works with educational partners to offer CNE activities as well as online programs nationwide.

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