GNAO provides members with local,
provincial and national opportunities for dialogue
and networking amongst nurses who care for older people across all
healthcare sectors. Through 11 active chapters across the
province of Ontario, GNAO offers evidence-informed education,
leadership in political advocacy and professional practice
development. GNAO membership benefits include: reduced
registration fees for GNAO conference and chapter events; continuing
education financial support; and continuing learning hours for
renewing your GNC(C). Included is automatic membership in the
Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA), allowing access
to online learning opportunities; scholarship/research grants; and a
free subscription to Perspectives, the online peer-reviewed
CGNA journal. It is the purpose of this web site to further
inform and communicate with members and the public on issues
pertaining to the health and well-being of older persons and to
educate on best practices.
• To promote quality nursing care for older adults
• To enhance professional growth through education
• To support research related to gerontological nursing
• To advocate for comprehensive and accessible services for older adults.
The mission of GNAO is to make a positive difference in the lives of older
people and the nurses who care for them.
All older people in the province of Ontario are cared for by nurses whose
practice is evidence-informed, relationship-centred and meets the current
Canadian Gerontological Nursing Competencies and Standards of Practice.
Standards of Practice:
Gerontological Nursing Competencies and Standards of Practice 2010
An Introduction to Who We Are
(Download a PowerPoint slide show)
(Submit our information request form now)
(Submit your application online, then mail payment to activate your membership)
Obtain Your GNC(C) Certification:
Specialty Certification helps you stay current in the field of gerontology by testing your specialized knowledge and skills, and having a trademarked credential after your name validates your competency in your specialty.
To find out more, download the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification Brochure. (Download
pdf - English/French)
For further information on CNA Certification resources and tools
For the CNA Fall/Winter 2013 Certification Bulletin
RN and RPN Careers
Links to RNAO
Link to CGNA page