Palliative care graduates work full or part-time in the specialty of palliative care or in areas that are inclusive of palliative care patients. Many seek independent practice or are employed in hospices, palliative units, acute care, home care settings, continuing care, or nurse consulting positions, both rural and urban.

Graduates specializing in gerontological nursing work in general nursing practice and often take on leadership roles in continuing care, acute care, community nursing, home care, health promotion and primary care. Market trends indicate that independent practice in the area of self-care for older persons (with an emphasis on teaching preventive strategies) will become a central role for the gerontological nurse in the near future.