The geropsychiatric nursing collaborative has developed the following resources to draw attention to the special needs of older adults definition of geropsychiatric nursing this definition serves to guide future discussions about preparing nurses to care for older adults with mental health concerns. Explore more nursing specialties basic description the geropsychiatric nurse is someone who specializes in caring for older adults with a diagnosis of depression dementia and other mental health disorders. Journal of the american psychiatric nurses associationvol 12 no 3 143 geropsychiatric nursing practice in the us chronic mental illnesses throughout undergraduate. Geropsychiatric and mental health nursing addresses the knowledge and skills necessary in the assessment and nursing care of older adults who are experiencing common mental health and psychiatric problems of late life. The geropsychiatric interview assessment and diagnosis mental health cognitive behavioral and emotional status is evaluated detection of dementia delirium and depression is particularly important a range of assessment instruments is available for these purposes for some patients a detailed psychiatric interview a neurobehavioral consultation or comprehensive neuropsychological
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