The branch of nursing deals with the care of the older population, including promotion of healthy aging as well as prevention, treatment and management of physical, psychological, pathological, economic, and sociological problems.
Geriatric nurses focus on health and age-related diseases, including
Osteoporosis | Cancer | Stroke | Alzheimer's disease/ dementia | Arthritis | Chronic pain | Poly-pharmacy | Medication tolerance | Falls | Nutritional deficiency | Impaired mobility | Incontinence
Geriatric nurses can work in a variety of healthcare settings such as:
Hospitals | Skilled nursing facilities | Nursing homes | Patient homes| Retirement Communties | Memory care centers | Outpatient ambulatory care clinics | Home health | As Clinical educators in healthcare facilities, universities, and community colleges | Case management (BSN-prepared RNs)
Roles & Duties of a Geriatric Nurse
The nurses shortage continues to affect all specialties of nursing and It is estimated that 50-150% more Geriatric nurses will be needed in the next decade.
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