The word “geriatric” means “related to the aged.” Thus geriatric nurses work specifically with the elderly population who need a special type of medical care. Geriatric nurses are trained to understand the struggles and challenges faced by the oldest members of the community. One of the main focuses of geriatric nurses is to help elderly individuals maintain the best quality of life as possible during the last part of their lives. They typically work in hospitals in private homes or in nursing home and convalescent facilities where they administer tests and provide medical assessments of their patients. They also dispense medication and help their patients’ family members understand their patients’ conditions and prognoses. Because geriatric nurses work with individuals who may not be completely mobile they may be responsible for lifting heavy items or medical equipment and they may even have to lift or help move their patients from time to time. Therefore being in good physical shape is helpful for this profession. Additionally geriatric nurses must deal with a high mortality rate among their patients. When a death occurs geriatric nurses are often responsible for providing emotional support and counseling to their patients’ family members. According to the website education-portal.com in order to become a geriatric nurse individuals must first become registered nurses and then they must apply for board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for a geriatric nurse is $57280 and the job outlook for this profession is very high partly due to the aging population in the United States and the growing need for nurses who specialize in treating older adults.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Provides nursing care to the elderly.
Develops and implements treatment plans.
Helps the elderly deal with chronic illnesses.
Provides support to the families of elderly patients.
|Also Called:||Registered Nurse
Advanced Care Nurse
Gerontological Nurse Specialist