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Elder Justice Act Information


If you believe the crime involves serious bodily injury including criminal sexual abuse to the resident, you must report it immediately, but no later than 2 hours after forming the suspicion.


If the crime does not appear to cause serious bodily injury to the resident you must report it within 24 hours after forming the suspicion.


Individuals who must comply with this law are: owner(s), operators, employees, managers, agents or contractors of this LTC facility. This law applies to the above individuals associated with nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospices that provide services in LTC facilities, and Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICFs/MR).


Individuals – Who fail to report are subject to a civil monetary penalty of up to $300,000 and possible exclusion from participation in any Federal health care program as an “excluded individual.”


  • An LTC facility cannot punish or retaliate against you for lawfully reporting a crime under this law. Examples of punishment or retaliation include: firing/discharge, demotion, threatening these actions, harassment, and denial of a promotion or any other employment-related benefit or any discrimination against an employee in the terms and conditions of employment. In addition, a facility may not file a complaint or a report against a nurse or other licensed individual or employee with the state professional disciplinary agencies because the individual lawfully reports the suspicion of a crime.
  • Employees can file a complaint with the state survey agency against the facility if there is retaliation for reporting, causing a report to be made, or for taking steps in furtherance of making a report of a reasonable suspicion of a crime to the appropriate authorities.


  • Individuals reporting suspicion of a crime must call, fax, or email both local law enforcement and the state survey agency.
  • Multiple individuals can report a suspicion of a crime jointly and will be considered in compliance with the law. However, an individual may report the suspicion separately if he/she chooses to do so and the facility may not prevent an individual from reporting.

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Smarter RN Sale Ends 11/30/17!

Gero Nurse Prep students increase their knowledge by over 20%!

Considering the fact that two-thirds of nurses have no elder care training at all, our course should be of great interest to you. Rich in content applicable to the positive outcomes for the growing aging population, Gero Nurse Prep effectively educates your RNs, as demonstrated by their pre- and post-course test scores (required to achieve 90% or better), and prepares them to pass the ANCC board certification exam.

AHCA/NCAL research found that nursing facilities with at least one RN who is ANCC board certified in gerontological nursing have:

  • Lower re-hospitalization rates
  • Lower rates of off-label antipsychotic use
  • More Stars – Twice as likely to receive a CMS 5-Star rating

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Smarter RNs Reduce Rehospitalizations! Take Advantage of the Gero Nurse Prep Sale!

Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL in 2016 found that the rehospitalization rates in nursing facilities with at least one RN certified in gerontological nursing by the ANCC consistently have run at least two percentage points lower than the national average since 2011. AHCA/NCAL believes that assisted living settings may experience similar results by increasing their RNs’ gerontological expertise.

To help increase the number of board certified RNs, AHCA/NCAL’s Gero Nurse Prep program is designed to help RNs prepare for and pass the ANCC gerontological certification exam. RNs who complete the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep program have a passing rate of 96 percent on the ANCC exam and receive 30 CEUs. They also increase their knowledge of gerontological nursing by 20 percent on pre- and post-test scores.

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is on sale now through November 30th and each  registrant can save $100 per enrollment by entering promo code VBPRN17 (all caps) at checkout.

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Are YOU Prepared?

November 17, 2017,  from Gero Nurse Prep staff member Anji Heath

The massive fire that occurred at the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, PA this morning serves as another reminder of the importance of having an emergency plan in place. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported. Though the cause of the blaze has yet to be released, I would speculate that given the low number of casualties and no fatalities reported, this facility got it right and was prepared for such an emergency.

I welcome you to refer to the AHCA/NCAL Emergency Preparedness page of their Website.

Are you prepared?

UNMC’s Brittany Nordby BSN, RN, EMT, shares her thoughts on how to be ready for disasters.

You are walking down the hallway doing your routine checks and you start to smell natural gas.  You are sitting at the nurses station charting and the power goes out.  You are in a tornado warning and you need to move your patients.  You answer the phone and get a bomb threat.

Do you know what to do? What does preparedness mean to you?  Do you feel prepared if a disaster were to hit your workplace or the community you work in?   Will you shelter-in-place or execute your facility’s evacuation plan?

Disasters come in all forms and can occur in an instant.  Biological, chemical, radiological, and natural disaster emergencies are all types of emergencies that can occur in the environment around us.  As nurses, we are the frontline providers to protect our patients in the event of a disaster.  We must ask ourselves if we have the skills and knowledge to effectively care for our patients during these tragic events.  Educating yourselves and your fellow nurses is the best way we can prepare for disasters that can occur in our workplaces and communities.

Planning, training, and exercising are all ways to assist in preparing for a disaster.  We must become familiar with our workplace disaster plan.  What do I do in the event of a fire, tornado, active shooter, flood, etc.?  Pull out that binder and make yourself familiar with the procedures that should be followed.  Recognize the vulnerable populations within your facility and the special considerations that may need to take place for those patients.  Participation in mass causality drills that may take place in your community, workplace, or even statewide is an excellent way to practice the plan you have educated yourself on.  Testing these plans allow us to see how well our original plan works and identifies any changes that need to be made.  Finally, exercising allows for communication and community connections you will need when a real disaster occurs.  Below you will find some helpful sites to visit.

It is never fun to think about a disaster occurring in your workplace or community.  Regardless of this fact, we must prepare ourselves in the event tragedy does strike.  Educate, plan, and utilize your resources to keep yourself and your patients safe and to provide the best care you can for your patients in the event of a disaster.

Brittany is the Project Coordinator for HEROES, which offers Emergency Preparedness training and education for healthcare providers and students across the state of Nebraska, and beyond. HEROES is an interdisciplinary approach to biological, chemical, radiological and natural disaster emergencies. Spearheaded by the UNMC College of Nursing, they collaborate with the College of Medicine, College of Allied Health Professions and the Center for Preparedness Education.

Mark Your AHCA/NCAL Convention Calendar: Education Session Will Discuss the Path to Smarter Geriatric Nursing

Attendees at the 68th annual AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo in Las Vegas will have the opportunity to learn how American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification correlate with improved outcomes in long term care.

A one-hour session titled “My RN is Smarter Than Your RN: Case Study Benefits of the Gero Nurse Program” will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific.

This session will feature four speakers who will detail how board certification in gerontological nursing is attained and the positive impact certification can have on quality and financial performance.

Trauma in Older Adults

Older adults who suffer traumatic injuries have worse outcomes than younger patients. In this episode Dr. Zara Cooper (acute care and trauma surgeon at Brigham and Women’s hospital) and I discuss some of the reasons for this, and also ways to avoid missing injuries in older adults. Falls are the most common cause of trauma in older patients, and understanding how falls are a geriatric syndrome can help you understand how to help prevent future falls.