Geriatric Nursing

What You Need to Know About Geriatric Nursing

Geriatric nurses aid in the care of the elderly. Their duties are to lessen the risk of injuries, provide treatment for age-related diseases and prevent future ailments. Geriatric nurses provide care for elderly patients in all aspects of their daily routine, including administering medications, assisting in bathing and dressing, keeping a schedule, helping with meals, etc. These specialty nurses also work with their patients’ families in coping with ailments that progress with age and educating them on the patient’s condition.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • EARN YOUR GNC CERTIFICATION

$50,000 - $79,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Treating elderly patients’ chronic and acute conditions
  • Assisting in the rehabilitation of patients after injury or surgery
  • Performing routine check-ups and screenings
  • Maintaining patients’ daily schedules and assisting with routine tasks
  • Administering medication and pain management
  • Communicating with patients’ families

Education Requirements

Nursing diploma, ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice facilities
  • Home healthcare services
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities

Certification

RN, Gerontological Nursing Certification (GNC)