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Gerontological Nursing Exam Review

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Course Description

This two-day review course is designed to help prepare the registered nurse to take the Gerontological Nursing Exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The following core areas will be covered: aging principles and theories, normal aging changes, dementia, depression, delirium, cardiopulmonary problems, health promotion, neurological diseases, pharmacologic issues, hematologic and immunologic problems, GI/GU issues, environments of care and end-of-life issues. Practice questions will also be utilized. Even if you are not preparing to take the exam, this course will give you an excellent and consolidated review of geriatric topics.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Gerontological Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Introduction and Test Format
  • Aging Principles and Theories
    Demographics | Theories | Communication
  • Assessment and Normal Aging Changes
    H & P Considerations
  • The 3 D’s
    Dementia | Depression | Delirium
  • Cardiovascular Problems
    CAD | AMI | CHF | PVD
  • Respiratory
    Pneumonia | Influenza | TB | COPD
  • Health Promotion
    Prevention Levels

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Neurological Problems
    CVA | Parkinson’s Disease
  • Hematologic and Immunologic Problems
    Anemia | HIV
  • End-of-Life Care
    Symptom Management | Advance Directives | Hospice Care
  • GI and GU Problems
    GERD | UTI | Cancer
  • Pharmacologic Issues
    Polypharmacy | ADRs
  • Special Issues
    Pain | Decubitus Ulcers | Sexuality
  • Metabolic and Musculoskeletal Problems
    Diabetes | Osteoarthritis
  • Environments of Care
    Falls | Levels of Care