Gerontic nurses work with healthy elderly person in their communities, acutely ill elders requiring hospitalization and treatment, and chronically ill or disabled. Aust Nurses J. May;12(10) Gerontic nursing–a new impetus in nursing care. Ryan R. Aged; Australia; Geriatric Nursing/trends*; Humans. Nomenclature: what is in the name, “gerontic nursing”? Gunter LM. PMID: ; [Indexed MeSH terms. Geriatric Nursing*; Humans; Terminology as Topic.

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A more recent term, gerontic nursingrefines the sphere of responsibility of gerontological nurses who care for the elderly by encompassing the art and intuition of caring and maintaining the “well elderly” as well as emphasizing illness and scientific principles of care.

Religious orders played an important part in the development of nursing care facilities through care provided in their convents, abbeys, and almshouses. Geronric have long been interested in the care of older persons, and they seemed to have assumed more responsibility than other professions for this segment of the population.

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Gerontic nursing–a new impetus in nursing care.

Nursing was well on its way to being a profession, although it would still take more than one hundred years to become fully acknowledged as a separate health care entity. Nurses now make up the largest international work force in health care.

The importance of family life to the well-being of the elderly person can be seen in many cultures. The impact of world population changes. It is important to note that the preparation of gerontological nurses is dictated somewhat by the cultural strictures and interpretations of a particular society’s definition of older persons, which will influence the status of this specialty in different countries.

Handbook of Gerontological Nursing. In contrast to the continued use of the term geriatricthe gfrontic gerontological nursing was in use by the early s to reflect the provision of care and the treatment of the whole person, not only care of disease in a medical gsrontic. In North America, gerontological nursing began its rise with the acknowledgment of this gsrontic nursing specialty by the American Nurses Association in and the formation of the National Gerontological Nursing Association in Gerontological nurses must be educated concerning care strategies about wide-ranging basic and complex physiological and behavioral issues such as pain, pressure ulcers, cognitive impairment, self-esteem disturbance, bereavement, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, and caregiver stress, among other issues.


A North American gerontological nursing text was published inand a monthly journal devoted to gerontological nursing began publication in In other societies, onset of old age is more commonly linked with events such as succession to eldership or becoming a grandparent.

Human Needs and Nursing Response4th ed. The birth of gerontological nursing research to provide a strong, independent knowledge base to link research nurwing the increasing complexity of practice expertise began in the late s.

In the mids, the Crimean War provided Florence Nightingale with the necessary outpouring of public support to effect changes in nursing. The development of nursing has followed the development of mankind.

Nomenclature: what is in the name, “gerontic nursing”?

Improving the Health Care of Older People: Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. With a shift change of focus from emphasis in children and adolescents nugsing the elderly in societal emphasis giving visibility to elderly persons, the nursing community has focused upon this population in terms of increasing their knowledge base and increased education in this neophyte specialty field. In the Hospital, Nursing Home and Community.

In modern industrialized societies, old age is identified in terms of chronological age. Oxford University Press, Gerontological nursing has taken several centuries to become acknowledged as a separate nursing specialty.

In North Americathe immigration boom between and also added to the number of older persons at the turn of the century.

Specific university-prepared clinical practice streams now include nurse practitioners as clinical nurse specialists and expanded role nurses, among others, providing advanced practice knowledge to older populations. In developing countries, the existence of an extended kin network provides regular and frequent contact as an essential part of the traditional welfare support system.

Laywomen who initially tried to fill the demand for more nursing care during the expansion to the New World were ineffective, as they were without role models or training. Nursing and the Aged: Nightingale initiated such advances as the establishment of an organized training school and a formalized and standardized organization, thus finally turning nursing into a suitable occupation for women.


Van Nostrand Reinhold, Reduced infant mortality and death rates, the conquering of major diseases, major medical advances, and better overall health care throughout the world have together resulted in increased life expectancy, and thus more elderly persons, especially those of extreme age eighty-five years and older.

The term geriatrics is the area of study related to diseases of the elderly and became popular as geriatric medicine evolved. The beginnings of nursing The development of nursing has followed the development of mankind. However, in the early ‘s as North America’s war against infectious diseases was won, more focus was placed upon degenerative, chronic diseases — most of which were notable in the growing, older population.

Its rise should be understood within the context of the emergence and development of the nursing profession generally. As the population has shifted from baby boomers to senior surgethe demand for expertise in this escalating population has also intensified. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

The future is secure for gerontological nursing as an acknowledged and well-respected specialty within nursing, as well as a discipline among its interdisciplinary colleagues in efforts to improve care for older persons throughout the world.

Gerontological nurses may also be certified through a written examination available in certain countries, as a recognition of expert professional competency.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Aging Scientific Perspectives and Social Issues2d ed.