Thursday, May 2, 2019
13:00 – 16:00
Registration Fee: $50


Lorna Guse (RN, PhD), Dawn Prentice (RN, PhD), Diane Buchanan (PhD) & CGNA/CASN Competency & Standards Developers


CGNA Standards and Competencies were most recently published in 2010 (& are currently going through the revision process). In 2017, the CASN Standards and Competencies were developed and published.  Both of these have been developed by nurses from across Canada.  In 2015 the RN-NCLEX was adopted by provincial nursing regulatory bodies across Canada as the entry to practice exam for registered nurses.  Concern has arisen as to whether the needs of older adults are reflected in this exam and the implications this has for our Canadian health care system.


  • To review the revised CGNA Standards and Competencies;
  • To review the Gerontological Standards and Competencies for graduating nurses;
  • To discuss the implications of the current RN-NCLEX exam for nurses, both graduating and practicing; and
  • To propose definitive actions to ensure both sets of gerontological standards and competencies are imbedded in practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. What the current Standards and Competencies are for graduating nurses;
  2. What the current revised Standards and Competencies are for graduated nurses;
  3. Proposed actions for nurses: In practice, education, administration and research which can contribute to health of older adults.


Interactive and guided presentation involving an across Canada representation of practitioners, educators, and students.