FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is HIGN?

HIGN is a major global thought leader in the advancement of research, practice, and policy across the healthcare continuum for older adults. We combine the wisdom of experience with cutting-edge expertise to facilitate critical learning skills in the care of older adults. We offer an array of active learning courses and gerontology nursing case studies meticulously crafted by HIGN, in partnership with a distinguished panel of geriatric experts. We create innovative models and resources which programs such as NICHE implement. 

What is geriatric nursing? 

Geriatric nursing is care which values person-centeredness, is age-friendly, and understands the unique complexity of caring for older adults who often have multiple comorbidities as well as dementia. 

What does a Geriatric Nurse do?

Geriatric nurses can work in hospitals, homecare, community health centers, and long-term care communities. They bring their expertise to patients with their understanding that the care of an older adult is very different than the care of someone who is younger. 

What is long-term care?

Long-term care takes place in multiple settings including homes, community-based centers, senior housing, assisted-living, and nursing homes among others. It provides care to people who need assistance in performing activities of daily living.

What type of positions are available for advanced practice geriatric nurses?

Nurse practitioners who are credentialed in adult gerontology nurse practice can practice in hospitals, provide primary care in community centers or primary care practices, or provide care in assisted-living and long-term care communities. 

What qualifications do you need to become a certified geriatric nurse?

In order to become a certified geriatric nurse, you need to have at least two years of experience working with older adults and successfully complete the examination offered by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in geriatric nursing. 

What is the difference between a Geriatric Nursing Assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant?

The Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) is a person who has completed an approved nursing assistant program and has been certified as nursing assistant by the board of nursing. The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) has to take the state exam, if it is offered, to obtain another certification to become a GNA. New York State only certifies nursing assistants; some other states may offer additional credentials for geriatrics. Check your state’s board of nursing website for information on additional credentials for nursing assistants. 

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