Geriatric Nurses

Geriatric Nurse Helps Patient Out of Bed

Geriatric nurses provide direct patient care to elderly people in their homes, or in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. The term geriatrics refers to the clinical aspects of aging and the overall health care of the aging population. Since older people tend to have different reactions to illness and disease than younger people, treating them has become a specialty, and because the population is aging, the geriatric nurse is a promising nursing specialty.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Charge Nurses, Geriatric Advanced Practice Nurses, Medications Nurses
Duties Provide care to elderly people in their homes, or in nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; best opportunities in areas of the U.S.—such as the Southwest and Gulf Coast—with a large number of senior citizens
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience One to three years' experience as a staff nurse
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or Geriatric Clinical Nursing Specialist
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Nurse Assistant