Gerontology, or geriatric, nursing is a specialty focused on the care of older adults. Like other nursing specialties, a profession in gerontological nursing requires an understanding of anatomical and physiological changes with aging, keen assessment and monitoring skills, vast knowledge about disease and conditions, and ongoing education related to recommended treatment options. Gerontology nurses focus on preventive care as elderly patients are often at greater risk of injuries and diseases such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Gerontology nursing is a broad specialty where nurses may work in long-term care facilities, with home healthcare services and in hospice, caring for patients with limited mobility, impaired mental abilities, and those in pain. These nurses care for medical or surgical patients and see patients through acute illness and help them manage chronic disease. 

In this Gerontology Nursing library, we’ve assembled resources to help you provide the best care to your patients. Refer to the Guideline Summaries to learn need-to-know information from the latest recommendations such as prevention of falls in older adults to postoperative delirium in older adults. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your gerontology nursing career. 

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