Thursday, October 18, 2012
Geriatric Nursing offers a Rewarding Career
As a nurse working with geriatric patients, you will assist with their activities of daily living that include bathing, dressing, eating, and other tasks that are a part of a person’s normal daily life. Working in a nursing home or assisted living facility can be a very rewarding career. You will always have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a positive impact on someone’s life. Whether they are mentally capable of performing tasks for themselves or have issues that affect their mental and body functions and need full assistance with each task in life, each geriatric patient you come in contact with will have the opportunity to make an impact on you as well.
Although working in hospitals and doctor offices can give you personal satisfaction, when you are performing geriatric nursing, you can take it a step further by being involved directly with the patients on a more personal level. There are many ways to help them in addition to their daily care, and a geriatric facility really depends on the nurses and nursing assistants to work closely with the residents.
If you choose to work in a home health care setting, you can assist seniors with household tasks including cleaning, cooking, vacuuming, bathing, and driving them to the doctor. Rather than being responsible for many residents as in a nursing home setting, you would work one-on-one in a home health care setting. You may travel between several homes to care for the patients in their homes.
Some people choose to be in their homes for hospice care. When they are in hospice care, they usually have six months or less to live so the care involved in this type of geriatric care may include emotional support for the dying patient. It takes a special person to work with the elderly, but it is definitely one of the most rewarding fields in the nursing industry.