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Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers under a physician. Much like a geriatrician, Gerontological Nurse Practitioners work with elderly patients, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and prescribing medication. As a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, you can work at nursing homes, with home healthcare services and in hospice facilities, or run your own private practice.

Things You'll Do:

  • Diagnose illnesses and diseases
  • Prescribe medication and therapy
  • Conduct routine check-ups and screenings
  • Order patient lab tests
  • Pain management
  • Focus on preventative care

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Take courses in geriatrics, acute and chronic illness management, research, primary healthcare concerns and leadership preparation.
  • Get Your
    Board certification in gerontological practice through the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Become a
    Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (CGNP)
  • You’ll need to renew your certification every five years, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Nursing homes
    • Patients’ homes
    • Your own practice

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $63K - $85K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Since the elderly are more likely than any other age group to need nursing care, and with the US population growing increasingly older, your job outlook is good.

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