Geriatric nurse practitioners provide primary and acute care to older persons. They work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home care agencies, senior citizen centers, and in wellness programs in the community.
Registered nurse preparation and a graduate degree from a gerontological nurse practitioner program are required. Certification from American Nurses Credentialing Center is available. Certification as a gerontology clinical nurse specialist, another advanced nursing practice role, is available from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
■ Skills in development and implementation of treatment plans for chronic illness
■ Ability to provide support, education, and counseling for families
■ Understanding of the special needs of the elderly and the process of aging
■ Skills in coordination of care
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
■ National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (www.caremanager.org/)
■ National Gerontological Nursing Association (www.ngna.org)
■ American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org)
■ American College of Nurse Practitioners (www.nurse.org/acnp)
■ American Nurses Credentialing Center (www.nursecredentialing.org)