Thursday, May 2, 2019
16:30 – 18:00
Open to CGNA2019 delegates; drop-in session


Marie Marques, RN, BA, MPA | inf. aut., B.A., M.A.P.
Program Lead, Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Credentialing Centre

Lillian Hung, RN, PhD
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Vancouver Coastal Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
Interim Director of Education, Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association
Member, CGNA Standards & Competencies 4th Edition Committee


Certification in gerontological nursing raises the standard of practice for nursing care to ensure it can meet the needs of the growing, diverse and complex population of older people in Canada. GNC(C) nurses demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and strive to provide evidence-informed geriatric nursing care across health care sectors. CGNA is a designated special interest group of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and thus collaborates with CNA to review and sustain a certification exam for eligible nurses to acquire the credential GNC(c). The CNA Credentialing Centre has certified over 2,300 gerontological RNs across Canada. In this session, representatives of CNA and CGNA will collaborate to deliver an important update regarding new developments in certification examinations and plans to provide CGNA members with opportunities to prepare to write the next cycle of examinations in November 2019.


  • Introduce CGNA members to the new certification exam for practical nurses (PN) who care for older people within various Canadian jurisdictions (i.e. PN – reflects: Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses);
  • Identify topics that are core competencies for gerontological nursing that are reflected in the PN and RN certification examinations and aligned with CGNA Standards & Competencies 4th Edition 2019;
  • Explore educational strategies for CGNA members to prepare for the new PN certification examination as well as the existing RN certification examination.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, gerontological nurses will have a better understanding of the following:

  1. Distinctions between the PN and RN gerontological nursing certification examination;
  2. Eligibility criteria for registration to write the PN and RN certification examinations;
  3. Cost, benefits and impact of writing PN and RN gerontological certification examination;
  4. Alignment of CNA PN and RN gerontological nursing certification with CGNA Standards & Competencies 4th Edition 2019;
  5. Resources available through CGNA that will assist in their preparedness for the PN and RN gerontological nursing certification examinations.


Formal presentation (45 – 60 min) followed by a facilitated Question-Answer period at the end. There is no registration cost and light refreshments are provided.