Nurse Competence in Aging (NCA) announced the launch of GeroNurseOnline.org, a resource for nurses who wish to learn more about geriatric syndromes, their possible causes, and treatments, and to translate that knowledge for the immediate benefit of their patients.
Users of GeroNurseOnline.org may search the website by patient clinical signs and symptoms (e.g., agitation), specific geriatric topics (e.g., medication, pressure ulcers, delirium), or specialty nursing practice areas (e.g., rehabilitation, psychiatry).
The content of the website is organized into three levels of complexity:
* Need Help Stat: quick assessment instruments.
* Want to Know More: in-depth content about geriatric topics in accordance with the nursing process.
* Topic Resources: resources including current journal articles, textbooks, and related practical materials specific to each area.
Other features include information on becoming a certified gerontological nurse and developing a career in geriatric nursing. Homepage personalization is available to enable users to save content of interest. Nurses can also use the "email to a friend" feature to share content and resources with colleagues.
"There has never been a resource like this before," says Mathy Mezey, RN, EdD, FAAN, director of the Hartford Institute, " Although this information appears in books, journals, and scattered throughout the Web, nurses need quick, easy, and centralized access to this kind of information so they can best assess needs and help their patients in a critical moment."
The NCA is a 5-year initiative funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., awarded to the American Nurses Association (ANA) through the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), and represents a strategic alliance among the ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing in the Division of Nursing of New York University's Steinhardt School of Education.