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Gerontological Nurse Practitioners specialize in caring for the elderly. Their duties include examining and diagnosing patients, as well as prescribing medication and therapy. Due to the type of patients they work with, GNPs concentrate on preventative care and pain management.
Geriatric NP jobs require a master’s degree in nursing, because, like other nurse practitioners, they can prescribe medication without consulting with a doctor first. Many schools offer a master’s degree in gerontological nursing, although some are combining gerontological nursing with nurse practitioner programs.
A wide array of facilities employ GNPs, including hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice facilities. Due to the degree of independence GNPs enjoy, they can also run their own private practices. Some GNPs specialize in working with patients with a specific disease or condition in order to provide an even higher quality of care to their patients.
If you’re interested in gerontological nurse practitioner positions, visit ADVANCE Healthcare Jobs today. You’ll find geriatric NP jobs across the country, or you can customize your search to your area!