Geriatric nurses provide care for elderly patients with various health conditions. The role of a geriatric nurse is to provide preventive and reactionary health care for seniors and they focus their practice on conditions that primarily affect the elderly population. Several geriatric nurses work in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior rehab centers, long-term care facilities and skilled nursing facilities. In these settings geriatric nurses are called upon to provide specialized care to the senior population such as caring for bedridden patients, treating Alzheimers and dementia, various types of cancer and degenerative bone disease. Most geriatric nurses also help to facilitate their elderly patients daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, taking medication and using the restroom. The successful geriatric nurse will possess an understanding of the elderly patient and have a passion for providing care to the senior population.

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