UCHS Recognizes Nursing Achievements

August 15, 2017

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) recognized team members for completing the Gerontological Nursing Certification Program.  Ben Power of Piedmont Crossing, Tracy Jones White of Carolina SeniorCare, and Susan Young, Director of Clinical Services for UCHS recently received their certifications.

“UCHS challenged nursing departments at all communities to complete the Gerontological Nursing Certification Program and the organization paid for the certification testing for nurses wishing to participate,” shared Cathy Cooper, Chief Human Resource Officer for UCHS.

The Gerontological Nursing Certification Program represents a specialization in the field of gerontology and is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those serving older adults.  Eligibility criteria for the certification includes holding a current, active RN license with a state or territory of the US, have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse, have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty area of gerontological nursing within the last 3 years, and have completed 30 hours of continuing education in gerontological nursing within the last 3 years.

The Gerontological Nursing Certification Program curriculum consists of 11 courses:  introduction to gerontology, physiology of aging, mental health and aging, healthy aging, pain assessment and management in the older adult, death and dying, sleep and aging, the older woman, elder abuse, aging and disorders of communication and Alzheimer’s Disease – mysteries and possibilities.

“We are delighted that these trendsetters took the challenge to better themselves and those they care for each day,” Cooper noted. “Our organization feels this investment will return two-fold in the quality of care these nurses will provide.”

United Church Homes & Services (UCHS), a not-for-profit corporation located in Newton, NC, operates three continuing care retirement communities, a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), and seven affordable senior housing communities across North Carolina and Virginia.  For additional information, contact Joy Cline at 465-8014 or visit our website at www.uchas.org.