New  Educational Opportunities to Improve Competencies in Geriatric Care

For Immediate Release Sept. 28, 2005

Flagstaff, Ariz. – By the year 2030, people over the age of 65 will constitute 20 percent of the U.S. population. Today, “less than 1 percent of nurses in the U.S. are currently certified in geriatrics, and only 3 percent of advance practice nurses specialize in care of older people” (Alliance for Aging Research, 2002).

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, (ANCC) encourages and supports nurses to be prepared to work with geriatric patients.

Now, as a new part of its education program, four home study geriatric care modules are available for downloading from the AHNA website: Nurses can earn 15.5 contact hours for all four modules, or take them separately. AHNA members pay only $115 for all four.

As the definitive organization for holistic nursing, the AHNA plans to continue contributing to holistic education’s evolution as a leader in nursing education throughout the country.

The AHNA was founded in 1981 and promotes the education of nurses, other health care professionals, and the public in all aspects of healing the whole person.



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