Geriatrics Special Focus Area


Geriatrics/Geriatric Nursing is a subspecialty practice that focuses on care of the older adult and particularly the frail older adult. This holistic approach to care is focused on supporting and/or improving physical and psychosocial function and the well-being of all older adults. The overarching goal is to support older adult functional independence for as long as possible and feasible. A great deal of emphasis is on articulation and fulfillment of the older adults’ health care goals and wishes. Interprofessional collaboration is essential in providing optimal geriatric-focused care. Given the ever increasing number of older adults worldwide, the need for geriatric knowledgeable nurses is quite clear.


  • Students must complete and pass three of the Geriatrics courses from below:

N13C Common Problems of Older Adult Cancer Care

Fall, Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.


N295B: Care of the Older Adult

Winter, selected Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.


N203: Palliative and End of Life Care Across the Continuum

Winter, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.


N295D Gero-Psych Mental Health Seminar I

Spring, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m., weeks 1 through 5 only


Additional enrichment activities may be offered: health fair, curriculum development projects and community activities.

Coordinator: Lynda Mackin, PhD, AGPCNP-BC, CCNS