Geriatric Nursing

PCNA is proud to partner with the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and 13 hospital-based specialty nursing associations representing over 200,000 specialty nurses on a collaborative effort called Resourcefully Enhancing Aging in Specialty Nursing (REASN).

REASN is a 4-year project that was developed in 2007 by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. It is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA), Inc.

Our goal is to create new, sustainable geriatric educational products and resources to assure the geriatric competence of our members. Look for regular updates on the PCNA website and subscribe to the ConsultGeriRN.org e-newsletter for the latest information on geriatric nursing.

PCNA recognizes the unique needs of the geriatric patient and is committed to working with other nursing organizations and the Hartford Institute to raise awareness about the importance of providing specialized care to the geriatric patient. 

Over the past five years, our involvement in the ANA Specialty Nurses Impacting Aging (SNAPG) initiative and the Resourcefully Enhancing Aging in Specialty Nursing (REASN) initiative has had a significant impact on our association’s culture and the content of our professional education and tools.  Our first priority was to designate an official geriatric web liaison and a geriatric committee.  The committee reports directly to the PCNA Board of Directors and helps to ensure that aging issues are incorporated in our educational initiatives.  Our web liaison along with the Hartford Institute assisted in developing a special section of the PCNA website dedicated to geriatric clinical updates and resources.  Additionally, information on caring for older adults was included in several PCNA publications, our national meeting, and in our official journal, The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Our future goals are to build on our accomplishments and to move to a new, higher level of engagement in geriatric cardiovascular care.  We are proud to announce that in 2008, we launched a new section of our Medical Forms Online, which provides information on behavior change and adherence with a special focus on older adults.  Our Annual National Symposium and regional chapter programs continue to feature a lifespan approach including geriatric content.  We will be enhancing and expanding PCNA.net and the Hartford Institute’s website by developing a “Try This issue” on the assessment of cardiac and vascular disease in older adults.  Finally, geriatric-specific information will be continually included in our educational publications, online programs and all that we do in promoting nurses as leaders in CVD prevention.