National Gerontological Nursing Association

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) was founded in 1984, and is dedicated to the clinical care of older adults across diverse care settings. Members include clinicians, educators, and researchers with vastly different educational preparation, clinical roles, and interest in practice issues. A striking feature is the substantial number of certified gerontological clinical nurse specialists who select NGNA for membership.

The Older Adult Population has unique biopsychosocial and spiritual needs related to the process of aging and its developmental stage. Older adults are quite diverse because of a life experiences, values, and personal goals. While 65 years of age and older is often the chronological age used to describe this population, the critical element that differentiates this population from others is the needs related to aging processes and developmental stage.

Gerontological nursing is the application of a body of knowledge and skills to provide nursing care that meets the unique biopsychosocial and spiritual needs of the diverse older adult population.

Members of the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) work in the following roles:

  • Staff Nurse Clinical
  • Director of Nursing
  • Nurse Manager
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Educator
  • Academic Educator
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Consultant
  • Case Manager
  • Researcher

Purpose of NGNA:
To improve the quality of nursing care given to older adults

NGNA Values

  • Inclusiveness: Evidenced in appreciation of the importance of diverse perspectives and experience
  • Respect: Evidenced in constructive attitude and behavior among all who are dedicated to quality nursing care for older adults
  • Innovation: Evidenced in creative thinking and flexibility in the continuous pursuit of effective responses to ever changing conditions
  • Responsiveness: Evidenced in the commitment to knowledgeable practices that make a positive difference