Dedicating your career to the adult-gerontology acute care specialty can be dually rewarding. Not only will you get the chance to provide compassionate care that addresses quality-of-life concerns, but you will also have the opportunity to become part of a professional sector that is generally very well compensated.
As with other advanced practice specialties, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners work in a fast-paced environment. AGACNPs work in ICU, ER, Step Down, Med-Surg units, and similar areas. AGACNPs must have basic cardiac life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certifications, along with the necessary skill level to perform a full complement of procedures and treatments.
Patient education is a critical responsibility.
To succeed in this role, you must have both the confidence and compassion to discuss serious illnesses and treatment plans with patients and their families.