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A geriatric nurse practitioner is a professional who provides primary and acute care services to elderly people. They work at various clinical settings which includes hospitals, home care agencies, nursing homes, senior citizen centers, clinics, etc. To become a geriatric nurse practitioner, candidates are required to have a graduate degree from a gerontological nurse practitioner program and a registered nurse preparation. The American Nurses Credentialing Center also offers certification to these professionals. These professionals are required to develop and implement treatment plans for chronic illnesses and they should also have the ability to provide support, education and counselling for families. Along with this, geriatric nurse practitioners should be able to understand the process of aging and the special needs of the elderly. These professionals are also expected to coordinate patient care, conduct physicals and evaluate their well-being. Geriatric nurse practitioners monitor acute as well as chronic illnesses such as dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

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