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Scope[ edit ] Geriatric nurses are expected to be skilled in patient care, treatment planning, education, mental health, and rehabilitation. The main responsibility is as a caregiver. They can also be advocates, counselors, and educators for their patients. Assisted living facilities are also known as senior retirement homes, and they provide care services depending on health conditions. Older adults have been referred to as "the core business of healthcare" by gerontological nursing experts.

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Scope[ edit ] Geriatric nurses are expected to be skilled in patient care, treatment planning, education, mental health, and rehabilitation. The main responsibility is as a caregiver. They can also be advocates, counselors, and educators for their patients. Assisted living facilities are also known as senior retirement homes, and they provide care services depending on health conditions. Older adults have been referred to as "the core business of healthcare" by gerontological nursing experts.

Thus, experts recommend that all nurses, not only those identified as gerontological nurses, need specialized knowledge about older adults. This position was endorsed by 55 US nursing specialty organizations. Currently, GAPNA represents the interests of all advanced practice nurses who work with older adults. These advance practice nurses are active in a variety of settings across the continuum including primary, acute, post-acute and long-term care.

GAPNA an organization for advanced practice nurses seeking continuing education in gerontological care as well as networking and peer support from experienced clinicians. Viewing aging as a natural process also develops more positive attitudes towards working with older adults. Gerontology vs Geriatrics[ edit ] The terms Gerontology and Geriatrics are often used interchangeably, but there are differences between the two.

Gerontology is the study of the social, cultural, psychological, cognitive, and biological aspects of ageing. Geriatrics , or geriatric medicine, is a specialty that focuses on health care of elderly people.

Gerontological Nurses need to know how to care for illnesses that affect the aging, the other factors affect aging, and how these impact people. Significant efforts to enhance nursing education have been made in the last decade. A generalist is a registered nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. A gerontological nurse specialist is an advanced practice nurse or nurse practitioner who has graduate education in gerontological nursing.

Specific education in gerontological care is important for all nurses, even those who work outside of long-term care, because older adults make up a significant portion of patients across specialties. National nursing organizations such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Canadian Nurses Association offer certification in gerontological nursing. Requirements for maintaining certification vary.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center lists requirements as including 2 years experience as an RN, 2, hours of clinical experience and 30 hours of continuing education , both within the specialty of gerontological nursing. This can be due to negative stereotypes, misconceptions, and attitudes toward the aging that are common among nursing students.

Gerontological nursing can be unpopular because geriatric nurses are sometimes perceived to be somewhat inferior in capabilities, or not good enough for other specialties. Facilities have also discouraged competent nurses from working in these settings by paying low salaries. Physical stressors, such as frequent heavy lifting, and emotional stressors, such as regularly encountering death, all contribute.

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Gerontological Nursing Competencies for Care 3rd Edition by Kristen-L. Mauk Test Bank

Mauk, K. Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care. I especially enjoyed reviewing this book because I teach baccalaureate and graduate nursing students about gerontological nursing. It includes many special features in its discussion about gerontological nursing care, including research highlights, tables, a list of key terms, a glossary, and short case scenarios with critical thinking questions in each chapter. The book comprises excellent chapters on geriatric assessment, age-related changes to body systems, and diseases common to the elderly. Chapters on the roles of the gerontological nurse and global and cultural perspectives of gerontological care are included.

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It will be kept by nursing students long after they graduate as a guide to resources that will be valuable throughout their nursing careers. As a home care nurse working mainly with the geriatric community, I found the resources helpful in my practice. As an instructor, I found the book to be a very useful guide for teaching geriatrics. Case studies are a pedagogically powerful approach to active learning that offer opportunities to apply content to clinical practice. An excellent resource for faculty staff educators to facilitate critical learning skills. John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging Co-Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing New York University College of Nursing "This is a terrific text that provides nurses and other health care providers [with] good basic information about clinical problems and challenges we face in providing care to older adults.

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