Field Reviews

First-hand perspectives from Gero Prep alums.
Measurable results from a proven program.

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Glenn Van Ekeren
President
Vetter Health Services
33 facilities in 5 states:
Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas,
Missouri, Wyoming

" Our passion is to continue to raise the bar on quality care and strive for excellence. That's why - when the University of Nebraska Medical Center came to us - we jumped at the chance to participate.

By August 2011, 43 of our nurses had become board certified in gerontological nursing, and we intend to continue. This program is about excellence. In health care, in resident-staff relationships, in outstanding service. I recommend it highly. It's A+."



Bill Bogdanovich
President & CEO
Broad Reach Healthcare
N. Chatham, Massachusetts

" Thanks for bringing this program to us - and for all your assistance.

EVERY nurse - regardless of where they are in completing certification - has found it worthwhile.

Your framed certificate has arrived and holds a place of prominence in our lobby.

We have an accreditation survey this week, and I know your certificate will be well received by the survey team, so the timing is perfect."



Peggy Fairbanks, RN-BC
Director of Nursing Leadership Development
Vetter Health Services
33 facilities in 5 states:
Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas,
Missouri, Wyoming

" What a difference this course makes. For me personally, it really enhanced my confidence, knowledge and critical thinking skills. I feel much more equipped to deliver top-notch care, and that's a rewarding feeling. Gerontological board certification is a badge of quality.

We sponsored this training for RNs across our facilities in the Midwest. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Our nurses say it's boosted their self-esteem, their job satisfaction, their level of care for the elders they serve.

It's so much learning - with so many resources - all focused on current best practices. For our patients, it's meant better quality care. At Vetter, we believe we owe it to our residents to become the best we can be. Earning certification is a big part of that continual process."



Maggie Spilker, RN-BC
Vetter Health Services
Heritage Care Center
Fairbury, Nebraska

" I wanted to be certified for a very long time and I traveled for courses before this. They never worked out. The online format of this course was a great opportunity for me. I totally believe this program has helped me in my own self-actualization.

The physicians look at me differently because I am board certified. They understand that verbiage because they are board certified too. They respect that I worked to further my education.

My knowledge base has expanded and improved. Residents benefit every time you know more. If my team needs answers, I know where to look things up now.

This course has given my position validation. Staff look to the director of nursing for answers on health care issues and my knowledge and credentials add validity to what I know.

If nurses want certification in Gerontological Nursing, this is a wonderful way to prepare for the exam!"



Roger Biens, RN-BC
Vetter Health Services
Brookstone Meadows
Elkhorn, Nebraska

" I thought about certification for many years. The online format made it possible. Becoming board certified has definitely added to my credibility as a professional. Since taking the class, I've been promoted - now I'm facility administrator.

There are a lot of course resources available that most practicing nurses probably aren't aware of - resources that we may not have accessed otherwise as far as fall prevention and intervention. Those resources made a big difference.

It's nice to be able to tell prospective residents and families that there are 8 RNs in the facility that are now board certified. It enhances our reputation that we have gero-certified RNs on staff.

There's been an increase in camaraderie among the RNs that have been through the program. Certified RNs have been resources for the nurses that haven't been through the training yet. There's more collaboration with things like quality assurance.

The course format is so convenient that really anybody should be able to make time to do it. The commitment required wasn't overwhelming. The course left me well prepared for the certification exam."



Maureen Blaylock, RN-BC
Vetter Health Services
Papillion Manor
Papillion, Nebraska

" It gave me more knowledge on the gerontology population. It was a boost to my confidence to do an online class. It's also nice to be able to say that I'm board certified."

My facility can now tell people they have a board-certified RN as the director of nursing.

I'm honored that I was able to take the class. It was easy to navigate and really helped me get ready for the exam. I'm pleased that I did pass boards, and I'm glad that I now have more knowledge."



Dan Smith, RN-BC
Vetter Health Services
David Place
David City, Nebraska

" The main thing the course did was to give me self-confidence in my specialty, geriatric nursing. With the growing number of aging baby boomers, we really need more geriatric nurses.

It's helped me to better know the disease processes of the elderly. I'm more in tune with those processes and try to collaborate with the doctor to find a solution.

There's a bond with the other three nurses in my facility who completed the course. Board-certified geriatric nurses on staff are a benefit as far as marketing and promotion of the facility.

It's a good program. Receiving acknowledgment and knowing there is a need for advanced knowledge in the field of geriatrics is a good thing. I appreciate the opportunity. I'm not sure I would have gotten certified without it."



Their facility's first board-certified RNs (2012): Terry Chin, sub-acute care, Jill Albright, nursing supervisor, and Marcia Matsik, director of nursing services.
Liberty Commons Skilled Nursing & Rehab Facility
N. Chatham, Massachusetts

Terry Chin:

"I find myself approaching things with a different outlook. The course has changed the way I approach residents, their families and their clinical care. It has affected how I do assessments."

Jill Albright:

"Glad I took the course. It expanded our brains. Facing any exam, people will have anxiety. Knowing that your learners have a 96% success rate gave me confidence."

Marcia Matsik:

"The test breaker exercise - the section on how to take multiple choice questions - is a must. I recommend it to everyone.

The course creates 'aha' moments at work. We've all connected what we learned and apply it. We handle planning meetings differently now. We focus on applying our new knowledge for the betterment of our residents and facility."



Laura Lea, RN-BC
Director of Nursing
Heritage Crossings
Geneva, Nebraska

"I was extremely pleased with the course itself and how well it prepared me for the ANCC board examination.

As a nurse with 26 years in long-term care, I was impressed with the course's clinical care sections, its geriatric nursing research summaries, the useful resources it included, and its emphasis on professionalism and respect for older adults and their caregivers.

The course guided me in critical thinking exercises and how to apply new skills in a wide array of settings."