Geriatric Nursing


  • Assess the patient’s mental status and cognitive (thinking) skills
  • Understand patient’s acute and chronic health issues
  • Discuss common health concerns, such as falls, incontinence, changing sleep patterns and sexual issues
  • Organize medications

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Interesting  Fact

Only 3 percent of all advanced practice nurses (CNS and NP) are certified in geriatric nursing.


Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.

Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse.

Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty area of gerontological nursing within the last 3 years.

Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in gerontological nursing within the last 3 years.

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