Geriatric nursing (or gerontological nursing) specializes in taking take of older adult patients. Geriatric nurses work with the elderly and their families in order to provide best care and improve the quality of life of the patients.
As the life expectancy in the most parts of the world keeps rising, geriatric nursing is now more important than ever. Between now and 2050 the number of people over 60 is expected to more than double. By the mid century world will have more than 2 billion people who will need some form or gerontological help in their daily lives.
Gerontological nursing deals with wide variety of health problems, majority of which are chronic. This includes dementia, hearing and vision impairment, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Geriatric nurses work in various different establishments from nursing homes to hospitals and even patients homes. Depending on the health of the patients, the work may include anything from occasional appointments to 24/7 supervision of the elderly. There are several types of nurses that work in this field. Some are specialized in a specific field of nursing like clinical or mental health nursing, while others are generalists like registered nurses and LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses). Most of the time they work together with doctors, CNAs and other hospital or care home staff.
On this blog you will find out about different fields in the geriatric nursing and also where you can find schools and classes to get started in your nursing career.