hospital-based geriatrics

  1. I'm new to this list as of 4/9/01. I"m a CNS and NP in geriatrics. I work in an acute care setting and am wondering if there is any one else on this list working in the same type of setting. Many issues for geriatric patients are the same across settings, however, there are nuances to each. I would like to network with someone from the acute care setting in addition to other settings.
    BTW I have worked in nursing homes and continue to work as a NP in a nursing home. There just don't seem to be many of us in the hospitals - yet.....
    Kimberly
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  3. by   lalaxton
    Kimberley,

    Sorry it took me so long to answer but I really just happened on your post. I am also a CNS/NP working for a hospital in Neurosciences but of course most of my patients are seniors. I do more CNS functions than NP although I am trying to change that!! I have been a NP for 2 years and in this job for only 6 months so I am still on the learning curve! We are a community hospital with about 250 beds in Lafayette, Louisiana. The biggest problem I am encountering is trying to convince the hospital that I can be utilized much more effectively as a NP , I know change takes time.... things are looking up I recently was granted official hospital priviledges, mainly to be able to help our Neuroradiologist admit patients.

    I understand you are in Detroit? Tell me more about your job description. Any words of wisdom for me would be greatly appreciated!
  4. by   NurseNelly
    I am working as an CNOPR and as an NPFOP specializing in geriatrics and trying to find fellow kindred spirits that I can communicate with. Nursing homes need lots of help.
  5. by   Tim-GNP
    I'm a CNS/GNP in a LTC setting. I have seen hospital based geriatrics, all poor examples, I may add-- the theme recurrently turns more medical than it does quality of life in an acute facility. Also, too many of the hospital rules spill over into the area they rope off and call 'geriatric.' I don't think the two will ever be successfully blended until administration learns a little more gerontology.
  6. by   Nurse from Oz
    Originally posted by KimberlyRN79
    I'm new to this list as of 4/9/01. I"m a CNS and NP in geriatrics. I work in an acute care setting and am wondering if there is any one else on this list working in the same type of setting. Many issues for geriatric patients are the same across settings, however, there are nuances to each. I would like to network with someone from the acute care setting in addition to other settings.
    BTW I have worked in nursing homes and continue to work as a NP in a nursing home. There just don't seem to be many of us in the hospitals - yet.....
    Kimberly
    Hi, I new to this list too. Our 1st NP has just been appointed in Oz after many years of lobbying. Currently I am enrolled in a specificly designed Masters for RN wishing to undertake this appointment and you guessed it,My speciality area is Aged care. Although the terminology is a little different, the issues and problems seem so similar, staff shortages,lack of funding and nurses specialising in Aged Care fighting for recognition of their skills. Just remember as as Intensive care nurses save lives every day, Aged Care Nurses tranform them. Please fill me in on your roles as NP and the differences compared to the roles of RNs as you see it.

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