Geriatric Nurses

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.


Quick Facts
Duties Provide care to elderly people in their homes, or in nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics
Alternate Title(s) Medications Nurse, Charge Nurse, Geriatric Advanced Practice Nurses
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in areas of the U.S.—such as the Southwest and Gulf Coast—where a large number of senior citizens live
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience One to three years' experience as a staff nurse
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner or Geriatric Clinical Nursing Specialist
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Nurse Assistant