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Geriatric Competencies for RNs in Hospitals

Mezey, Mathy EdD, RN, FAAN; Quinlan, Eileen MSN, APRN,BC; Fairchild, Susan MPH; Vezina, Maria EdD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD: January/February 2006 - Volume 22 - Issue 1 - pp 2-10
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Nurses in staff development are responsible for assuring nurses' competence in the delivery of care. Older patients are the predominant population in hospitals, yet there are no instruments that specifically assess the competency of nurses to deliver care to older patients. This article reports on the development and testing of an instrument, Geriatric Competencies for RNs in Hospitals, and makes recommendations as to how staff development educators can use the geriatric competency instrument with staff nurses.

This article reports the development and testing of a geriatric competency assessment instrument and makes recommendations as to how this instrument can be used.

Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, is Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education and Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, College of Nursing.

Eileen Quinlan, MSN, APRN,BC, is Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Research Associate, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center, Research Associate, The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, College of Nursing.

Susan Fairchild, MPH, is Program Evaluator, The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, College of Nursing.

Maria Vezina, EdD, RN, is Director, Nursing Education and Professional Practice, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY.

ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, 246 Greene Street, New York, NY 10003-6677 (e-mail: mathy.mezey@nyu.edu).

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