Who is an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?
“The focus of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is to provide patient-centered care to the adult and older adult population” (AACN, 2010, p. 13) to improve quality health outcomes.
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice nurse who has a
- Master’s or Doctorate (DNP) Degree
- Passed a National Certification Examination in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
- Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licenses
- Follows State Board of Nursing Regulations
What education does the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner receive?
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), certified nurse practitioners are “educated across the wellness-illness continuum” (p. 11).
What ages are included in Adult-Gerontology?
The population of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner “includes young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adult and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults)” with education and practice experience to include “preparation across the entire adult-older adult age spectrum” (AACN, 2010, p. 12).
What is the Scope of Practice for an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?
The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner is a provider of direct health care services (AACN, 2010, p. 14). The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program includes competencies in
- health promotion
- health protection
- disease prevention
- healthcare management.
Where can an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner work?
The practice of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is not setting specific. The focus of the practice the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is based on patient need (NONPF, 2012). Practice settings can include
- assisted living facilities
- nursing homes
- home healthcare
- correctional centers and other settings that provide primary care services.
What are the employment opportunities for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?
The rapid growth of the aging population and the expanded healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act the projected demand for primary care nurse practitioners will continue through 2020 (HRSA, 2013).
Do you want to coordinate and provide comprehensive, continuous care for most healthcare needs through a long term patient relationship with adults both young and older across the wellness/illness spectrum?
Do you want the opportunity to access:
- online technology
- innovative practice settings
- premier centers such as the Arkansas Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Schmieding Centers, and Veterans Administration
- a statewide and nationally recognized, outstanding, accredited graduate nursing program? Then the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program at UAMS is right for you!
For more information about the program or curriculum, see the UAMS College of Nursing Catalog.
Find out more information about Admissions Requirements and Applications.
Melodee Harris, Ph.D
1. AACN. (2010). Adult-Gerontology primary care nurse practitioner competencies. Washington DC: Author.
2. HRSA. (2013). Projecting the supply and demand for primary care practitioners through 2020. Retrieved from http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/supplydemand/usworkforce/primarycare/
3. NONPF. (2012). National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties statement on acute care and primary care certified nurse practitioner practice. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nonpf.org/resource/resmgr/consensus_model/acpcstatementfinaljune2012.pdf