Geropsychiatric Nursing Resources

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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.

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.

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APNA Continuing Education: Older Adults/Geropsych

Access resources in the APNA eLearning Center on providing care to older adults. APNA members can use their bonus points to access this continuing nursing education content at little to no cost.


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