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AACN Releases New Adult-Gerontology NP and CNS Competencies

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For Immediate Release

AACN Releases New Adult-Gerontology NP and CNS Competencies

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce the release of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies (2010) and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies (2010). These national consensus-based documents were developed in collaboration with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing (HI), the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists as part of Phase I of a project called Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education: Ensuring the APRN Workforce is Prepared to Care for Older Adults, funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. These competencies can be accessed at

http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/competencies-older-adults

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We ask that you please share these important documents, with your colleagues, notably the faculty of the Adult, Gerontology, and Adult-Gerontology NP and CNS programs at your school. These publications delineate the entry-level competencies for graduates of master’s, doctoral, and post-graduate programs preparing NPs and CNSs who serve the adult-gerontology population. The competencies are intended to be used in conjunction with — and build upon — the core competencies outlined in the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and the Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing developed by AACN. In addition, these documents build upon the NONPF (2006) core competencies for all nurse practitioners and the National CNS Core Competencies (2008).



This initiative is the first step in implementing the transition of NP and CNS education to encompass the entire spectrum of adult and gerontology practice as outlined in the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. To review this document see

http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/APRNReport.pdf

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In Phase II of the APRN Adult-Gerontology initiative, AACN, in partnership with the HI, will be developing resources and faculty development opportunities to facilitate and support implementation of these competencies into the curriculum. We will keep you informed of these opportunities and resources as they become available. For specific questions about this document or the initiative, please contact Laurie Dodge Wilson, AACN’s Gerontology Program Director, at

lwilson@aacn.nche.edu

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CONTACT:

Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231
rrosseter@aacn.nche.edu