The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary care providers to manage the health of elders and their families in a changing health care system. Emphasis is on health promotion and the management of minor acute illnesses and chronic complex health needs of older adults (or elders) to maximize their functional level and independence. The GNP provides leadership and promotes research to maximize the health care services for elders and their families. Graduates are prepared to be recognized as advanced practice nurses by the Texas Board of Nursing and to take the National Certification Exam as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
GNP Director: Kathy Daniel, PhD, RN, ANP/GNP-BC
This program provides you a background to:
- Assume responsibility as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) to provide health care to elders, their families and communities.
- Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams in the coordination and delivery of quality health care across the continuum of elder services.
- Provide health care to elders and their families that maximize their quality of life and promote a peaceful death when appropriate.
- Examine outcomes of GNP practice using research methodologies.
Senior Health Centers – Private Practice focused on Elder Care – Assisted Living Centers
Rehabilitation Centers – Internal Medicine Clinics – Family Practice Clinics
Rural Health Clinics – Hospice and Palliative Care Services – Home Health
Skilled Care Facilities – Geriatricians Offices – Subacute Units