Competencies to Improve Care for Older Adults
Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults (2010) [PDF Download]
AACN and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing worked collaboratively with an expert panel to develop these competencies and curricular guidelines to serve as a supplement to the 2008 AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The purpose of this document is to assist nurse educators in incorporating geriatric-focused nursing content and learning opportunities into the baccalaureate nursing curriculum, including both the didactic and clinical experiencesto ensure that nursing students are able to provide the necessary geriatric care for the nation’s aging population. This project was generously funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation.
Advanced Practice Competencies
2016 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies [PDF Download]
AACN and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) recognized the need to revisit the 2010 adult-gerontology competencies to present them within the same framework as the other population foci to make it easier for faculty to cross-walk competencies across the NP curriculum. From 2015-2016, the joint work group reviewed and updated the adult-gerontology competencies. The work group includes representatives of both AACN and NONPF with expertise in adult-gerontology ACNP and/or PCNP curriculum development. The 2016 version of the competencies include both sets of adult-gerontology NP competencies. Each set is presented in a table format to emphasize the relationship of the population-focused competencies with the NP core competencies. The expectation is that an educational program will prepare the student to meet both sets of competencies. To order a hard copy of this publication, please contact Bill O'Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies [PDF Download]This 2012 publication delineates the entry-level competencies for graduates of master’s, doctorate of nursing practice (DNP), and post-graduate programs preparing acute care NPs who serve the adult-gerontology population. The competencies are intended to be used in conjunction with — and build upon — the graduate and APRN core competencies outlined in the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice or the AACN (1996) Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. In addition, these competencies build upon the NONPF (2006) core competencies for all nurse practitioners. These consensus-based competencies focus on the unique practice knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the adult-gerontology acute care NP. Significant overlap in the acute care and primary care NP competencies does exist; however, the practice of the acute care and primary care adult-gerontology NP differs. The scope of practice of either the acute care or primary care NP is not setting specific but rather is based on patient care needs. The focus of the adult-gerontology acute care NP is to provide patient-centered, quality care across the entire adult-older adult age spectrum. To order a hard copy of this publication, please contact Bill O'Connor at email@example.com.
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies [PDF Download]
This 2010 publication delineates entry-level competencies for all graduates of master’s, doctorate of nursing practice (DNP), and post-graduate programs preparing adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) for certification and licensure. The competencies are intended to be used in conjunction with and build upon the graduate and APRN core competencies outlined in the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice or the AACN (1996) Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. In addition, these competencies build upon the National CNS Core Competencies (2008) for all clinical nurse specialists. These competencies focus on the unique practice knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the adult-gerontology CNS.
This 2010 publication describes the recommended competencies of new graduates of graduate-degree and post-graduate certificate programs preparing clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) prepared to care for those populations that provide care to older adults but are not adult-gerontology CNSs. Specifically, these populations include across the lifespan, and the women’s health or gender-related CNS as defined in the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education Group, 2008). This set of recommended competencies is not intended to alter or replace competencies developed for these CNS populations. Rather the competencies described in this document complement and are intended to augment the national CNS core (National CNS Competency Task Force, 2008) and population-focused competencies. The competencies delineated in this document are intended to highlight those areas of competence and evidence-based knowledge that CNSs providing care to older adults should have in order to improve health outcomes, quality of life, and level of functioning of the growing population of older adults.