Why is gero nursing important in gerontology?
Nurses are at the front line of care for the rapidly aging population. They tend to the unique physical and psychosocial needs of the elderly. In concert with other aging professionals, nurses help optimize outcomes and ease their patients through the transition of growing old. More than a quarter of the U.S. population is expected to be over the age of 65 by 2050. With the influx of people living with age-related diseases, there is a rapidly growing need for specialists in this field.
Why this gero nursing track?
Students in the University of Florida’s gero nursing track focus on the application of nursing in a direct elderly care setting. Graduates of this master’s degree program in gerontology will be able to assess the clinical outcomes of a program, create recommendations for improvement, and coordinate successful care plans. They will have the tools to become managers and leaders in gerontological nursing fields.
Who can benefit from this program?
Gero nursing track students can pursue various management and leadership careers in the field of aging. The program does not require clinical experience. Courses are interactive, asynchronous, and flexible.
Recommended career paths include:
- Nursing directors
- Care unit coordinators
- Assisted living directors
- Care managers and specialists
- Social workers
What will students learn?
The coursework combines topics in gerontology with nursing-focused courses to prepare students for management and coordination roles within elder care systems.
This track includes studies in:
- Management of outcomes in nursing systems
- Creating positive clinical outcomes
- Qualitative and quantitative benchmarks to measure care plans
- Caregiver assessment
- Care monitoring
- Psychosocial and functional assessment
- Orchestrating care plan communication between the elderly and their families
The UF gero nursing track is only available to master's degree students. To earn the master’s degree, students must complete nine core courses and three specialty courses in their chosen specialization. If a graduate certificate student wishes to complete a specialty track, they are encouraged to later apply to the master’s degree program.
Specialty Track Courses
- GEY 6220: Overview of Geriatric Care Management
- GEY 6306: Communication in the Aging Network
- NGR 6836 Leading Quality Improvement Practice Initiatives