Geriatric nurses focus on the treatment and prevention of chronic illnesses

Older adults are now the core business of health care, as the "Baby Boomer" population ages. The need for geriatric nurses also is increasing with a demand for professional care givers who can help families care for older relatives while encouraging as much independence as possible. Geriatric nurses also focus on the treatment and prevention of chronic illnesses and to assist in terminal processes.


The nurse who trains for geriatric care may choose to pick from a number of specialty fields within this health care segment. Long-term care, gerontology (treatment and prevention of chronic illnesses), social work, or psychology with a focus on issues related to aging and health care offer possibilities for the nurse to expand horizons.

A growing demand for home hospice care for the terminally ill patient has also opened doors for nurses to care for the elderly within a family setting.

Geriatric nurses can care for older adults in various environments, such as in primary care practices, in assisted living facilities, in retirement communities developed for older people or in high rise buildings where many older people cluster called NORCS (naturally occurring retirement communities), and in home hospice.These nurses often work as a part of a geriatric team composed of physicians, social workers, pharmacists, and with peers.