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Geriatric nurse (m/f)
German: Altenpfleger/in

Fields of work

Geriatric nurses mainly work in geriatric and geropsychiatric departments at hospitals, in nursing and rehabilitation clinics, at short-stay institutions providing nursing care or for outpatient and home nursing service providers. They find further employment opportunities at old people’s homes and care homes, with visiting social services, with joint associations offering nursing care services, at residential homes for the disabled or with bodies providing advice to senior citizens. Geriatric nurses also work in private households, where they perform such activities as looking after collective groups of senior citizens or family members requiring care. They occasionally work in a nursing advice capacity at senior citizens’ organisations, for care support bodies or for church organisations which also offer old age care services.


Professional experience

Geriatric nurses support and care for older people in need of assistance. They assist senior citizens with their everyday lives, provide advice, encourage them to pursue purposeful activity and leisure and assume nursing and medical tasks.



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