Knowledge and Skills Framework - Principles of Best Practice for the Older Person

Welcome to the NZNO College of Gerontology Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework. Here you will find a variety of information that will be helpful for your practice, along with key resources for gerontology nursing.

The starting point of this framework is the GERIATRIC 5Ms© – a simplified communication framework to describe the core competencies in Geriatrics in a fashion that should be more comprehensible and more memorable to those outside of the field.


The Geriatric 5Ms


We have permission to use the model as follows:

You have authors' permission to use The Geriatric 5Ms for educational purposes with attribution to the authors and without changes. Include the following copyright statement in all materials: Copyright © 2017 Frank Molnar, Allen Huang, Mary Tinetti. 2017. May be used for educational purposes with full attribution and no alterations.

Gerontology Knowledge and Skills Framework

1. Matters most

The Geriatric 5Ms - 1. Matters Most'Matters Most' focuses on each individual’s own meaningful health outcome goals and care preferences. It underpins the majority of our work and is supported by these relevant NZ Strategy documents:

Ministry of Health

Super Seniors, Ministry of Social Development

Other agencies

Psychosocial resources


Go to:   2. Mind   |   3. Mobility   |   4. Medication   |   5. Multi complexity

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