The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing (HIGN), with generous funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, have been engaged in a four year long project to facilitate the transition to Adult-Gerontology APRN education as described in The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education.  One of the major goals of this project is to provide Primary and Acute Care Adult NP faculty, Adult CNS faculty, and other faculty who prepare NPs or CNSs to care for older adults, (e.g. FNPs, WHNPs, Women’s Health CNSs), with multiple resources and strategies to assist them in making this transition.  

The APRN Faculty Resource Center was created to “house” the resources developed for this project.   The resources currently located on this site are described below and can be accessed by clicking on them in the menu on the right side of this page.  Some resources will require users to create a user ID and password tp access materials which may be on the Hartford Institute e-Learning Center.  All materials on this site are available free of charge.  

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Webinars:  A series of four webinars provide an overview, teaching strategies and content resources not available in the other resources on this site.  The Webinars were developed from content delivered in workshops presented at several national APRN conferences and, together, serve as the "portal" to the Resource Center.  They are titled "Project Introduction, Scope, and Faculty Resource Development", "Strategies and Resources for Teaching Gerontology Content", Innovative Curriculum Models, Integrating Content, and Clinical Exemplars", and "Strategies to Infuse Geropsychiatric Content Into Nursing Curricula".  The archived webinars can be found at  If you have not attended one of the workshops or the webinars, you are strongly advised to view the webinars as they provide both the context of the project and a wealth of information not found in the other resources on this site.

Adult-Gerontology APRN Competencies:  In preparation for the transition to Adult-Gerontology APRN education, AACN led a national process in collaboration with NONPF, NACNS and the HIGN to develop national consensus-based competencies for Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Adult-Gerontology CNS, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP.  Recommended Competencies for Older Adult Care for Non- Adult-Gerontology APRNs (WHNPs, FNPs, and Women's Health and Across the Lifespan CNSs) were also developed by this group.  These competencies provide an excellent framework to guide APRN faculty in this transition.

Web-based Interactive Evolving Case Studies:  Seven web-based case studies for APRN students were developed to meet "faculty-identified" needs for web-based teaching resources and problem based learning activities.  They are modeled after an earlier series of case studies, Geriatrics and the Advanced Practice Curriculum: A Series of Web-Based Interactive Case Studies, found on the HIGN clinical website, (  They were developed by expert APRN faculty, have been peer-reviewed, and include case studies for both NP and CNS students which are interactive and tutorial in format.  The topics included are geropsychiatry, co-morbidities, medication management, transitional care, and urinary incontinence.  In addition to the five earlier case studies, there are also three case studies developed by NACNS making a total of 15 available on this site.  They are a user-friendly way for APRN faculty to include necessary content.

Case Study Assessment Items:
This resource complements the Interactive Evolving Case Studies.  The Assessment Items, prepared by expert faculty, provide items that students can use for self-assessment or faculty can use to assess students’ learning.  Students can respond to the questions, view the correct answers, and print out a Certificate with the results that can then be provided to the instructor.  Faculty can access the assessment items and answers.  The Assessment Items and Certificate can be accessed on the first page of each of the Case Studies.

Content Slide Library:  A slide library consists of four evidence-based topics deemed to be of importance for Adult- Gerontological APRNs.  Building on an earlier AACN/Hartford Institute project to enhance gerontological content in senior-level baccalaureate nursing education titled the Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) program, these topics were modified and updated by national experts for this project. The topics are Assessment and Management of Atypical Presentation of Illness, Delirium, Hypertension and Heart Failure, and Urinary Incontinence.

Evidence-based Literature Reviews: Also derived from the GNEC program, evidence-based reviews of three topics, Delirium, Heart Failure, and Medications have been updated for use by APRN faculty.  Each review explains the process for assigning evidence, describes the search process, and provides a synopsis of articles and levels of evidence.

Worksheets:  This section consists of worksheets created by expert APRN faculty prior to this project and for which permission has been given by the authors for their inclusion on this site.  These worksheets will enable faculty to develop a competency-based curriculum blueprint for the integration of gerontological content into their APRN curricula.  They can be used throughout the process of curricular revision, such as content mapping, comparison to competencies, learning strategies and evaluation methods.

Sample Curricula: Sample curricula and course descriptions are made available by APRN programs that have implemented the Adult-Gerontology curriculum as delineated by the National Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education.

Expert Consultant List: A listing of APRN faculty of programs that have implemented the Adult/Gerontology curriculum and have agreed to be consultants to other programs.  These faculty can be contacted and consultation agreements made independently.

Additional Resources: Nursing Homes as Clinical Placement Sites: Four e-Learning Modules (Module 1: Nursing Homes, the Basics; Module 2: Nursing Practice in Nursing Homes; Module 3: Resident Directed Care and Culture Change in Nursing Homes; and Module 6: Nursing Home (NH) Preparation/Readiness as a Clinical Site) and a Case Study (Supervising the  Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Student in a Nursing Home Rotation: A Guide for Clinical Faculty) developed by HIGN for other projects.

Teaching Strategies: Additional resources to help faculty prepare curricula.


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The APRN Resource Center was generously supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation.