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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

william f. connell school of nursing

Emily Keen '15 with patient

Why choose Adult-Gerontology?

The implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act has provided health insurance to millions of previously uninsured Americans. This has created an enormous demand for primary care providers, a void that nurse practitioners (NPs) are ready and prepared to fill. The aging of our society—about 8,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States—has driven unprecedented demand for NPs who are specifically prepared to care for an older population. As a primary care nurse practitioner trained in adult health at Boston College, you will be prepared to manage health care needs across the lifespan, focusing on adults and the elderly in a variety of settings. Many NPs develop enduring bonds with patients and their families.

What is the NP’s role in this specialty?

Adult-gerontology primary care NPs provide primary preventive and chronic illness care and promote health, frequently focusing on the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations. They provide comprehensive care to older adults in their homes, and help patients whose needs change to cope with transitions, for example, from home to hospital to skilled nursing facility to home again. The adult NP is skilled at taking complete patient histories, performing diagnostic testing, interpreting laboratory values or other tests, prescribing medications or other therapies, referring patients to appropriate consultations, and providing education and counseling.

Where do Adult NPs work?

They work in a wide range of settings, including community-based clinics, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations (HMOs). They are also employed in private practice, occupational health settings, adult day care and assisted living facilities, prisons, and homeless shelters.

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