Geropsychiatric Nursing Resources
Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
Antipsychotic Drug use in Nursing Homes Trend Update (pdf) - October 2013: CMS is tracking the progress of the Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is a the percent of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome.

Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative

Video: Discover Mental Health - The Forgotten Piece in Elder Care
A 9.5 minute video that shares the expertise of key geropsychiatric nursing leaders - including 2010 APNA Nurse of the Year Kathleen Buckwalter PhD, RN, FAAN - providing inspiration to nursing students as they incorporate mental health care of older adults in their nursing careers.

View the video on the American Academy of Nursing’s website.
Download the Video from the Portal of Geriatric Online Education

This video can be used as a standalone resource or segments can easily be excerpted for specific uses. Send comments to Pamela Dudzik at

Geropsychiatric Nursing Competency Enhancements
The Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative, in collaboration with key stakeholders, has developed the following resources to draw attention to the special needs of older adults with mental health concerns and psychiatric/substance misuse disorders.

  • Geropsychiatric Nursing Competency Enhancements
    These enhancements are not intended to stand alone, but rather to enhance existing or to-be-developed competencies by relevant professional nursing organizations.
  • Key Concepts
    These key concepts are foundational to the geropsych nursing competency enhancements.
  • Definition of Geropsychiatric Nursing
    This definition serves to guide future discussions about preparing nurses to care for older adults with mental health concerns.

You must register to view the product, but registration is free. Questions? Contact Pamela Dudzik at



APNA Continuing Education: Older Adults/Geropsych

The following presentations are from past APNA Conferences in webinar and podcast format and are available in the APNA eLearning Center. APNA members can use their bonus points to access this continuing nursing education content at little to no cost.

Podcasts from the 13th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (06/15): Contact Hrs  
Prescribing in Older Adults: From Anxiety to Dementia 1.5 More Info
Podcasts from the 28th Annual Conference (10/14): Contact Hrs  
Texture Layering, "We See a Sea Story", and 55 Word Stories: Building Geropsychiatric Nursing Competencies and Enhancing Quality of Life through Creative Arts Programming 0.75 More Info
Developing & Evaluating a New Role in Medical/Surgical Inpatient Units: Geriatric-Psychiatric Safety Specialist (GPS) 0.75 More Info
The Role of Spirituality in Gay and Lesbian Elders' Lives 0.75 More Info
Podcasts from the 27th Annual Conference (10/13): Contact Hrs  
The Effects of Aroma Therapy on Falls in a Geropsychiatric Population 0.5 More Info
Managing Patient Acuity in an Inpatient Psychogeriatric Setting While Controlling the Use/Cost of Observers:  Development of the Milieu Manager Role 0.75 More Info
3013: Feminist Theory: Exploration and Application to an 82 Year Old Anxious Female Therapy Patient; Need for Resourcefulness Training for Women Caregivers of Elders with Dementia 0.75 More Info
Podcasts from the 11th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (06/13): Contact Hrs  
From Cradle to Grave: One Third is Sleep 1.5 More Info
Podcasts from the 26th Annual Conference (11/12): Contact Hrs  
Beyond the Bundle: Effective Fall Prevention Strategies for the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit 1.5 More Info
A PMHCNS-Run Interdisciplinary Geropsychiatry Clinic… Patient-Centered Caring Collaboration 0.75 More Info
= The content of this CNE activity pertains to pharmacology. Because states' requirements may vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.

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