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Triple-win Benefits

For nurses, for residents, for facility owners/administrators.
More skills, better care, lower costs, higher staff retention.
Happier nurses, residents and families — more referrals.

 


Gero Prep/Gerontological Nurse Certification takeaway:
From an owner/administrator perspective: positive outcomes summary.
From Gero Prep RNs who earned certification: positive outcomes summary.

Detail findings: evaluation survey of Gero Prep RNs who earned certification.
Confidence — self-esteem — assuredness: 
How have you used — or intend to use — knowledge gained?
What changes do you expect to occur in your facility as a result of your participation in this course
What was the best experience you had in this course?
What factors made this course worthwhile?
Self‐rated assessment of geriatric care competencies: 
Self‐rated assessment of technology skills:
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From an owner/administrator perspective: positive outcomes summary.
Facilities that participated in the pilot project, Midwest Partners for Geriatric Nursing, reported these outcomes in common. Gero Prep training and Gerontological Nurse Certification:
1. raises RN skills, professionalism, job satisfaction and retention.
2. elevates quality in elder care.
3. fosters long-term operations success and care continuity.

From Gero Prep RNs who earned certification: positive outcomes summary.
Top findings from an evaluative survey of nurses:
1. enhanced RN-BC (‘board-certified’) credential — greater sense of professional achievement and respect from physicians, other nurses, staff and administrators.
2. favorable perception of sponsoring facility — stronger intent to remain with firm.
3. significant increase in job confidence, self-esteem and procedures assuredness.
4. high satisfaction with Gero Prep training — 94.4%.
5. marked improvement in self-rated geriatric competencies — key care categories.
6. enhancement of computer/technology skills — online learning and work tasks execution.

 

Detail findings: evaluation survey of Gero Prep RNs who earned certification.

Confidence — self-esteem — assuredness:
Significant improvement responses:
• I am confident about my ability to do my job.
• I am self-assured about my capability to perform my work.
• I have mastered the skills necessary for my job.
• I have significant autonomy in determining how I do my job.
• I can decide on my own how to go about doing my work.
• I have considerable opportunity for independence/freedom in how I do my job.
• My impact on what happens in my nursing unit is large.
• I am more inclined to remain with my employer.

How have you used — or intend to use — knowledge gained?
• Share knowledge with co‐workers and staff
• Improve assessment skills
• Incorporate knowledge in daily practice
• Improve quality of care for patients
• Mentor new nurses and CNAs
• Improve communication with other staff
• Enhance critical thinking ability
• Incorporate evidence-based practices in care

What changes do you expect to occur in your facility as a result of your participation in this course?
• Updated policies and procedures to reflect evidence-based practices and increased use of evidence-based practices
• Better understanding of disease processes in elderly clients
• Better critical thinking skills
• Improved care practices such as infection prevention
• Increased staff education
• Increased awareness and appreciation of unique attributes of elderly patients that distinguish them from younger patients
• Improved quality of care for patients
• Improved nurse proficiency through increased professional development opportunities
• Improved assessment skills and personal care planning
• Efforts to provide staff with resources and make nurses’ work more meaningful

What was the best experience you had in this course?
• Successful completion of an online course
• Become current in geriatric training
• Earn certification — RN-BC (board-certified) credential
• Gain a better understanding of major physiological systems
• Discover references, resources and support networks useful in practice
• Increase knowledge and empathy with residents/patients
• Sense of accomplishment
• Overall learning experience

What factors made this course worthwile?
• Resources and tools available and ease of access to quality information
• Knowledge gained — curriculum specific to geriatrics
• Exposure to online learning technologies and computer applications at work
• Increased self-esteem and confidence — sense of accomplishment
• Thorough preparation for the ANCC certification exam
• Reinforcement — importance of evidence based practices
• Knowledge and expertise of contributing faculty
• Review of pathology, assessments and interventions
• Course content, flexibility and pace — not overwhelming
• Current best practices in geriatric care
• Overall learning experience

Self‐rated assessment of geriatric care competencies:
[using gerontological nursing benchmark — Hartford Geriatric Competency Tool]

Significant improvement categories:
• Patient communication
• Physiological & psychological age changes
• Pain assessment
• Skin integrity — pressure ulcers/bedsores
• Functional status
• Restraints
• Elder abuse
• Discharge planning

Self‐rated assessment of technology skills:
Significant improvement responses:
• I feel confident in my ability to access the internet.
• I feel confident in my ability to take online coursework.
• I am able to download files from the web.
• I am able to upload files to the web.
• I am able to search the internet for resources.

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