Mary A. Beyer
The role I chose to examine is that of Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, or Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. I specifically chose this role because of my life-long affection for, and interest in, older adults. I especially enjoyed caring for older adults in my role as a registered nurse in the hospital.
For entry into a nurse practitioner program, candidates must be graduates of a certified program in nursing that leads to a diploma, an Associate Degree in Nursing, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; must hold a current, active RN license and meet the undergraduate requirements and GPA of the desired institution. Some institutions require clinical experience in nursing, especially in the area of desired specialty as a nurse practitioner. For certification as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, the requirements, as set by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, begin with having a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States; a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a gerontological nurse practitioner program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate of Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), which included a minimum of 500 faculty supervised clinical hours; course work in advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, and advanced pathophysiology; content in health promotion and disease control, and differential diagnosis and disease management. Then one is eligible to take the certification exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to become a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (GNP-BC). The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) also offers certification as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP-C). One can also be certified with a post-Master’s, PhD, or Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP),...