Hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care are just a few of the places where geriatric nurses work. Their key employment activities include collaborating with other healthcare professionals to fulfill patients’ requirements; providing direct patient care, such as delivering medications and inserting catheters; and preparing for long-term care needs while assisting families through the process.
Certification for Geriatric Nurses
- Gerontology certification is available to registered nurses who are actively involved in the treatment of elderly patients.
- The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers gerontology certification to registered nurses who meet specified standards, such as having at least three years of experience dealing with aging patients.
- The following are some of the other requirements for this certification:
- A current, unencumbered RN license
- At least two years of full-time practice as a registered nurse
- A minimum of 2,000 clinical practice hours in gerontology nursing within the past three years
- A minimum of 30 continuing-education hours focused on gerontological issues
- This professional certificate verifies your gerontology nursing knowledge, expertise, and clinical competence, which might be useful while looking for work in the sector.
- It establishes you as a leader in the field of gerontology in the eyes of your patients and colleagues, and it increases your chances of development and professional progress.
The following are the most typical job paths for Geriatric Nurses:
- Geriatric Nursing Assistant
- Geriatric Staff Nurse
- Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
- Home Health Nurse
- Hospice Nurse
Job Description for a Geriatric Nurse
- Recognizing and acting on possible adverse drug reactions, including allergies and other harmful responses to medications and treatments.
- Monitoring patient’s condition and reporting any changes (such as pain, fever, unusual behavior) to the appropriate individuals.
- Providing supportive therapy for patients in order to minimize stress or pain.
- Assisting in personal hygiene tasks, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and skincare.
- Administering treatments in accordance with orders from doctors or nurses in charge of patient care.
- Evaluating emergency situations that require an immediate response.
- Educating patients about treatment plans they are responsible for and medication regimens they need to follow.