Hospitals & Services
Applications are now open for the 2019 Gerontology Acceleration Programme.
This programme commences mid-2019 and is a 12-month nursing acceleration programme which provides extended learning and experience for nurses working with our gerontology population. This programme provides the opportunity for nurses to participate in clinical rotations through medical, rehabilitation and aged residential care facilities, in conjunction with postgraduate education to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding of the older persons journey through the care continuum.
To apply, please follow the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKV33A6OXql6t1BDMeYItLv_P-8pCFPvyeo-HjL7vXps81Ww/viewform
GAP was designed to help registered nurses to expand knowledge and skills in gerontology to build an understanding of different areas of care along the continuum of the patient journey. Since its first inception in 2013, GAP has supported 22 participants, three whom have just graduated.
The importance of GAP was reflected in a Ministry of Health Evaluation (2015) of the GAP programme, which clearly showed the development of confident leaders across the aged sector, whereby our nurses developed a stronger understanding of the patient journey across the continuum and enhanced clinical and day to day nursing practice, skills and knowledge. These findings are supported by one of our recently graduated nurse participants who felt that:
enhanced my nursing skills, as I'm more aware about the complexities of an older person in regards to their care and well being"
Joe Senagan, W24, Christchurch Hospital
GAP Mentors and Participants (Left to Right) - Napat Sirihongthong, Joemar Senagan, Rachel Leary, Gene Ruiz, Michelle Bugayong, Anna Bush
GAP is a 12-month nursing acceleration programme which provides extended learning and experience for nurses working with our gerontology population. The programme consists of the following:
Multiple rotations through various nusing settings
2. Post Graduate Nursing Education
4. Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP)
Feed back from the nurses who have participated in this programme clearly reflect a high level of growth and development in nursing knowledge and skills provided by secondment to new clinical areas, post graduate education and mentorship through out the 12month programme. This is reflected in some of the following statements
“GAP made me a better
Nurse. I gained new friends and mentors.... I have confirmed that Gerontology is my
........The GAP experience has taught me how to be a better nurse in caring for our older people considering the complexities and uniqueness of their needs. Having an in-depth knowledge and understanding about Gerontology helps me to effectively and safely formulate a plan of care which is person-centred that will address their own needs and concerns, which will then protect them and help them to have a better life outcome". Michelle Bugayong, Bishop Selwyn Lifecare
"GAP has given me more of an understanding and appreciation of working in both a residential care facility and the acute setting. This increased knowldege can now be shared with my colleagues and current patients to facilitate a smoother transition between sectors" Rachel Leary, Burwood Hospital
To read more about the experience of some of our GAP participants refer to the following links...
Applying for GAP
1. Discuss with your manager - it is important that you have your managers support for this programme
2. Apply online through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKV33A6OXql6t1BDMeYItLv_P-8pCFPvyeo-HjL7vXps81Ww/viewform
Key Documents informing the Gap Programme
For further information please contact
Rachael Haldane, Nurse Co-ordinator, ARC Support
Mobile: 021 195 9946
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