Respite needs expected to grow with aging population

Currently, there are 43 million adults in the United States who serve as a caregiver of an elderly parent or a family member with a disability or chronic condition. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, more people than ever will become caregivers, increasing the need for education and awareness of respite services. Find out more by going to:

Free ANCC Contact Hour – “SPIKES – A Six-Step Protocol for Delivering Bad News.”

It’s 9:00 AM and you are headed to your patient’s room where he and his family await news on the results of a recent test. Despite being optimistic, the outcome is not what anyone wanted. How prepared are you to communicate with your patient and his family on this? Would you like to be able to support the patient with empathy? Would you like to have the skills to develop a treatment plan at this critical moment?

FREE online training module “SPIKES – A Six-Step Protocol for Delivering Bad News” will provide you with the tools you need to enhance your confidence. Videos are provided that demonstrate the application of this protocol and you will also be able to see patient/family reaction when news is delivered in an insensitive manner versus using the protocol. This online resource is available 24/7 and provides 1.0 contact hour under ANCC criteria.

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Happy Birthday, Donald Duck! Your care plan is ready.

Read what “The Real Nurse Jackie” says about the challenges of developing a person-centered care plan for this well known character.

UNMC and Brown University entry to be featured at AcademyHealth Annual Research meeting.

Gero Nurse Prep’s Dr. Heidi Keeler’s poster will be featured in the “Ageing, disability, and End-of-Life” theme poster walk on Sunday 6/25/17 from 12:15-1:45.



UNMC RN to BSN program ranked 13th in country! has ranked the UNMC College of Nursing’s R.N. to B.S.N. program 13th out of 50 best RN to BSN online programs in the country.



Gero Nurse Prep Faculty Member Dr. Joyce Black awarded national award for work in wound care

Joyce Black, Ph.D., professor, College of Nursing-Omaha Division, was awarded the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s (NPUAP) President’s Recognition Award at its biennial conference earlier this month. The award is a significant achievement as it recognizes Dr. Black as a national expert in the wound care provider community.

Dr. Black is a certified wound care nurse and a Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing, inducted for her work in the field of pressure injuries. Her clinical practice has focused on orthopedics, critical care, burn care, respiratory diseases, wound care, and plastic surgery.

In addition to serving as an NPUAP director for many years, Dr. Black served as president in 2006 and 2007. She chaired NPUAP’s effort to define pressure injuries — ulcers — and mucous membranes in 2010. Dr. Black also identified the problem of deep tissue pressure injury while serving on the NPUAP board and clarified its definition in 2016.

She is widely published in the area of pressure injuries and assisted with the development of both the 2009 and 2014 International Clinical Practice Guidelines. She also served as co-chair of the Pressure Injury Staging Task Force. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Thomas Stewart Founder’s Award. The NPUAP President’s Recognition Award was created in 2013 and is presented to an individual who has made special contributions to NPUAP and to the field of pressure injury prevention and treatment.




National Nursing Home Week is May 14-20, 2017

Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967 and always beginning on Mother’s Day, NNHW provides an opportunity for residents and their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to recognize the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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National Nurses Week 2017

Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

The American Nurses Association has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” Join them during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as they explore this year’s theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” It’s all about celebrating nurses like you who lead the charge for health and wellness.

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Nursing Centers with RNs certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) are twice as likely to receive a 5-Star rating from CMS.

Recent analyses conducted by AHCA/NCAL show that nursing facilities with RNs who have been certified in gerontological nursing by the ANCC are twice as likely (48% as compared to 24% nationally) to have a 5-star rating from CMS.
AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is the first step toward achieving ANCC certification. Nurses who complete the Gero Nurse Prep course experience a 96% pass rate on the ANCC exam.
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