2 NursingNursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.
3 The History Of Nursing“Nursing origins predate the mid-19th century, the history of professional nursing traditionally begins with Florence Nightingale. Nightingale, the well-educated daughter of wealthy British parents, defied social conventions and decided to become a nurse. The nursing of strangers, either in hospitals or in their homes, was not then seen as a respectable career for well-bred ladies, who, if they wished to nurse, were expected to do so only for sick family and intimate friends. In a radical departure from these views, Nightingale believed that well-educated women, using scientific principles and informed education about healthy lifestyles, could dramatically improve the care of sick patients. Moreover, she believed that nursing provided an ideal independent calling full of intellectual and social freedom for women, who at that time had few other career options” (Encyclopedia Britannica).
7 Travel NursingA Travel Nurse works on short term assignments in different states throughout the nation to alleviate staff shortages. The Assignments of a Travel Nurse can last over one year, but the majority of assignments usually last from 3 to 4 months. Travel Nurses cover for Nurses who are on vacation, training or maternity leave, along with filling the gaps with urgent shortages of staff due to epidemics or pandemics.Where they work? Travel Nurse you can travel to many healthcare facilities and gain a wealth of experience working on assignments in different healthcare settings in all 50 states.Qualifications? Career as a travel nurse is open to licensed/registered nurses and allied healthcare professionals who wish to travel and gain experience working in many healthcare settings.
8 Transplant NurseTransplant nurses are registered nurses who provide preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care to patients receiving organs by means of transplant surgery.Duties? Assisting living donor patients in their recovery from surgery, Providing healthcare to the patient receiving the organ during the transplantation process, Monitoring organ receivers closely after the procedure in the event of organ rejection, Educating the families of patients on organ donations, and Monitoring the vital signs of patients after the transplant process.Where they work? Hospitals & ClinicsQualifications? Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator (CCTC), Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC), and Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN).
9 Addictions NurseAddictions nurses provide care for patients seeking help with addictions such as alcohol, drugs or tobacco. Addiction nurses need an understanding of both general nursing along with a specialized knowledge of addictions in order to provide effective care.Duties? Promoting recovery, Providing therapy and counseling to patients, Educating patients and their families of the dangers of substance abuse, Facilitating group therapy sessions, Working closely with social workers, doctors and community groups, and Spending long periods of time with individual patients.Where they work? Addiction Nurses can work in Hospitals, Outpatient Facilities and Community Care Centers.Qualifications? Addiction Nurses need to qualify as a Registered Nurse (RN). There is no additional training required to become an Addiction Nurse, but certification is available.
10 Diabetes Management Nurse Diabetes Management Nurses are registered nurses who assist patients to manage diabetes. Their main duty is to educate patients and their families about diabetes and the self-management skills required.Duties? Dealing with complications of patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, Working closely with physicians, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, Educating patients of the best practices in improving their health, Informing patient’s families on living with diabetes, Providing advice on diet and exercise, Advising on injecting medications, Administering tablets or insulin if the patient is unable, and Monitoring blood glucose levels.Where they work? Diabetes Management Nurses can work in hospitals, outpatient clinics and often travel to hold clinics in regional areas.Qualifications? Diabetes Management Nurses are qualified registered nurses. Nurses study diabetes management as part of their primary degree and some can choose to do a specialist course in diabetes management which is preferred by employers but is not a requirement to work in this field.
11 How To Become A Nurse?Every state and the District of Columbia has a board of nursing with a mission of protecting the public from harm. Governance of the practice of nursing includes: Establishing requirements for initial licensure and retaining: basic education, continuing education and/or competencyEveryone must take the standardized National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)-RN.
12 National Council Licensure Examination To ensure public protection, NCSBN member board jurisdictions require a candidate for licensure to pass an exam that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse. NCSBN develops two licensure exams, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), that are used by boards of nursing to assist in making licensure decisions.Taking the NCLEX-PN or the NCLEX-RN is a capstone experience to your studies and so much more. Passing the exam demonstrates your competence so that you can launch your nursing career.
13 Undergraduate Education Diploma in Nursing, once the most common route to RN licensure and a Diploma in Nursing, once the most common route to RN licensure and a nursing career, is available through hospital-based schools of nursingAssociate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a two-year degree offered by community colleges and hospital-based schools of nursing that prepares individuals for a defined technical scope of practice. is available through hospital-based schools of nursingAssociate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a two-year degree offered by community colleges and hospital-based schools of nursing that prepares individuals for a defined technical scope of practice.Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS/BSN) is a four-year degree offered at colleges and universities:Prepares graduates to engage in the full scope of professional nursing practice across all healthcare settingsFirst two years often concentrate on psychology, human growth and development, biology, microbiology, organic chemistry, nutrition, and anatomy and physiology.Final two years often focus on adult acute and chronic disease; maternal/child health; pediatrics; psychiatric/mental health nursing; and community health nursing.Is intended to result in a deeper understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare deliveryIncludes nursing theory, physical and behavioral sciences, and humanities with additional content in research, leadership, and may include such topics as healthcare economics, health informatics, and health policy.
14 Graduate EducationMaster’s Degree (MSN) programs offer a number of tracks designed to prepare Advanced Practice Nurses, nurse administrators, and nurse educators.Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs are research-focused whose graduates typically teach and/or conduct researchDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs focus on clinical practice or leadership roles