Hospitals & Services
Given the current
events and uncertainty around covid-19, a decision has been made to cancel
the Gerontology Acceleration Programme this year due to the additional pressure
this could place on clinical teams, as well as the potential risk this could
pose to residents and patients by creating additional movement across
healthcare settings. The programme will recommence next year and details
will be released of this once these have been confirmed.
GAP commences mid-year and is a 12 month nursing acceleration programme which provides extended learning and experience for Registered Nurses working with our gerontology population. This programme provides the opportunity for nurses to participate in clinical rotations which may include acute medical or surgical, older persons' health and aged residential care settings, in conjunction with postgraduate education to enhance participant's knowledge, skills and understanding of the older persons journey through the care continuum.
Applications are welcomed from any Registered Nurses who are working in acute care and older persons health and rehabilitation services, as well as those working in Aged Residential Care.
Potential applicants please discuss your application with your line manager first.
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 28 Registered Nurses.
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
2017-2018 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:
1. Two clinical rotations
These rotations are 13 weeks each and may take place in a variety of settings including:
2. Post Graduate Nursing Education
4. Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP)
Feedback from 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, postgraduate education and mentorship through out the 12 month 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 knowledge 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...
Nurse Coordinator, Nursing Workforce Development- Aged Residential Care
Mobile: 021 195 9946
GAP Brochure Apr 2019
ARC Brochure Apr 2019.pdf