College of Gerontology Nursing (NZNO)

Welcome to the College of Gerontology Nursing (NZNO).

Definition of Gerontology Nursing

Gerontology Nursing is an evidence based nursing specialty practice that addresses the unique physiological, psychological, developmental, economic, cultural and spiritual needs related to the process of ageing and care of older adults.

Gerontology Nurses collaborate with older adults and their significant others to promote autonomy, wellness, optimal function, comfort and quality of life from health gain to end of life.  Gerontology nurses lead the inter-professional team in a holistic person-centred approach in the specialised care of older adults, across clinical settings.  In addition to providing clinical care gerontology nurses advocate, educate, manage, consult and conduct research about the dynamic trends issue and opportunities related to ageing and its effect on older adults[1].

1American Nurses Association (2010)  Gerontological Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.  Nurses Books. Org,  Silver Spring,  Maryland, USA

Our Vision

Gerontology nursing - visible and valued 

We will do this through:


  • Raising the profile of gerontology nursing.
  • Contributing to health policy in New Zealand
  • Supporting research in the area of gerontology nursing.


  • Providing an effective communication network for all members of the college.
  • Providing, promoting, and sponsoring opportunities for professional development, education, and training for the gerontology workforce.


  • To be recognised within NZNO as the body representing gerontology nursing.
  • To be responsive to issues impacting on gerontology practice.


  • To promote optimum outcomes for older adults, working towards reducing health inequalities and promoting their voice.
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