How to Become a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
Paths to Become a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Career Paths for a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
How to Become an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
How to Become a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
What is a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner?
Should I become a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner?
Roles and Responsibilities
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) Certifications
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) Resources
Related Nurse Practitioner Careers
A gerontology nurse practitioner provides care to the older adult population by performing exams, diagnosing conditions and giving out prescriptions to treat illnesses.
A GNP works in different settings like hospitals, long-term care facilities and private homes. In hospitals, they may see rotating patients with emergency needs, while they will take care of patients with ongoing illnesses in long-term facilities and provide more personalized care/end of life care in private homes.
It can take several years to become a geriatric nurse. If you’re just starting out, you will need to earn your BSN in four years and then earn your MSN in two to five years. This could all take longer if you’re only enrolled in college part-time.
An AGNP, or adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, is a nurse who treats adolescents, adults and older adults. A family nurse practitioner focuses on children, adolescents and adults and works in primary care. An FNP will treat children starting from the time of infancy, while an AGNP will treat adolescents starting from age 13. They both require an MSN to practice.
Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AG-ACNPs) and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AG-PCNPs) are both acute care nurse practitioners. They both treat adults from adolescence through old age but work in different settings. For example, an AG-ACNP will work in inpatient hospitals, specialty labs and emergency departments, while AG-PCNPs will work in prisons, rehab centers and VA facilities. The former specializes in critical care, emergency department/trauma, oncology and cardiopulmonary, while the latter typically does not specialize.