Geriatric Resource Nurse Program

Helping the older adult and family navigate through specialized emergency care

The Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model of care, established in 2016, focuses on identifying older adults for non-emergent geriatric specific needs by nurses educated in geriatrics and emergency department nursing. A mini-geriatric screening is done in the course of an emergency nurse’s initial patient assessment, which involves a series of questions intended to get a feel for the patient’s health and risks beyond the current visit. Families and/or caregivers are included in the assessment to identify caregiver strain and to learn about community resources. Follow-up appointments are then made for patients prior to their discharge and GRN’s follow up with patients via phone within a few days of discharge to ensure ongoing needs are addressed.

A sampling of what a GRN may do

The GRN program utilizes emergency room nurses with specialized geriatric education to best assess, care and follow-up with a patient.

Some examples of what a GRN may do:

  • Partnering with social workers, who offer referrals and information on skilled nursing, home health, hospice, respite care and other resources
  • Calling physical therapists to the ED for on-site assessments
  • Referring patients to Methodist’s Balance and Fall Physical Therapy program
  • Identifying needs tied to medication, depression, palliative care, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
  • Scheduling follow-up appointments
  • Coordinating prescription delivery

Read more about the Geriatric Nurse Program.