Working as a registered nurse can be an amazing experience for those who have a strong desire to help others in need and truly want to work in a team oriented field where medical attention and proper patient care are top priorities.
The field of nursing offers students and existing nurses many different opportunities for career advancement and diversity by allowing them to choose their own career paths over the years.
In addition to great career selection registered nurses also have the ability to earn a great income and receive excellent medical benefits, and because the nursing field is experiencing a growing shortage those who prove themselves as excellent rn’s can enjoy a high level of job security, promotion opportunities and competitive benefits among other perks.
Nursing isn’t without its challenges though and requires a dedicated mindset for those who are interested in working in the field.
On the other end of the spectrum being a registered nurses means lot’s of hard work, continuous education, on going training and plenty of dedication.
Registered nursing is not for the faint of heart or for those looking to make a high salary if their minds and hearts are not focused completely on helping others.
It’s a field that requires a lot of commitment and selflessness since in many cases the patients needs come before the nurses.
Long hours, consistent multi tasking and being able to give your undivided attention are just some of the things nurses have to master in order to be effective in their field, but for those who can pull it off there is a lot of internal reward and satisfaction that goes along with saving a life and helping patients that look to you to make them better.
Few things feel as good as giving someone a second chance or healing a persons wounds when they’ve been injured.
As a nurse you’ll gain vital skills and a mentality that allows you to take your education and confidence beyond the nursing halls and into your everyday experiences.
If you’re dedicated to helping others feel better than nursing can be a great career choice for you.
Currently there are over 20 different fields of nursing for those interested in pursuing a career as a registered nurse and there is always in interesting field to choose from no matter what your interests are.
Below you can find a list containing just a handful of positions available to those who are interested in working as registered nurses.
Some of these fields include:
Registered nursing offers new and existing nurses entry and advanced level positions in nursing.
Students who come out of a nursing program generally begin their field experience by working as an entry-level registered nurse.
As they acquire experience they are able to apply for positions in more specialised fields.
Flight nurses work on board a variety of aircraft including helicopters and winged aircraft.
These nurses are responsible for providing individuals with immediate medical care in situations where ground units such as an ambulance is unable to reach a patient within a necessary amount of time.
Flight nurses fly to the patient, asses their condition and provide them with medical care until they are able to reach the hospital.
These nurses may be called in situations where there has been a major accident and a patient needs to get to the hospital as quickly as possible, during a flood where ground transportation isn’t possible, in situations where a patient is in critical condition and an ambulance would take to long and on mountainous terrain where the only way to get to a patient is though the use of an aircraft.
Emergency room nurses work in the emergency room at hospitals and health care facilities, and assist doctors with providing immediate medical care to patients in critical condition.
These types of nurses are usually experience registered nurses that have received education and training in critical care and emergency care.
They can often be found working in the emergency room alongside doctors during surgery or providing patients in critical care with advanced medical care.
Becoming an ER nurse means years of advanced training and developing the skills needed to cope with patients who are suffering from traumas as well as being able to multi task in emergency situations.
Legal nurses provide legal counsel to lawyers when having a medical professionals training and expertise may help solve a case.
Cases that involve rape, abuse, violence, false medical claims (such as an individual suing an organization over a claimed injury) and a host of other court cases that focus on medical and/or physical claims.
By having a legal nurse on board lawyers are better able to assess the true condition of individuals involved in the case and are able to make sense of medical terminology that may otherwise confuse the judge, court members and lawyers involved.
In some situations legal nurses may provide legal console as a full-time job at which point they may no longer work in the field, but purely as a legal counselor.
Forensic nurses combine technology, science, medicine and psychology together to help them solve cases involving violence, sexual abuse and murder.
While forensic nurses may appear to work solely on cases where an individual has died from unspecified circumstances they can also be found working at hospitals and health care facilities talking and provide medical assistance to patients that were involved in a traumatic violent or abusive situation where they provide a number of medical assessments and communicate with patients that may be too afraid or ashamed to admit what happened, or are unaware (unconscious) of what took place when they were being abused and will use their training to try to find out exactly what happened to the patient so that they can they can be provided with proper medical and psychological aide to assist them in their recovery.
Forensic nurses may also assist law enforcement on cases where an individual has been murdered or has died of unknown causes and may work alongside a forensic autopsy specialist to gain further insight into what causes may have led to the individual’s death.
Geriatric nurses focus on providing care to elderly patients that are in need of special medical attention and care.
These nurse focus on the physical, psychological, social and family concerns elderly people face and consistently try to emphasize the positives of successfully growing old.
Geriatric nurses must be aware of the normal changes that occur with old age and have a strong understanding of how to address these issues.
They must also be aware of abnormal psychological behavior and physiological changes that may occur and be prepared to treat those issues if and when they arise.
These are just a few of the many great career opportunities available those who work as or are interested in working as a registered nurse.
As stated earlier in addition to a great variety of job offerings registered nurses can also enjoy excellent medical benefits, great pay and a high level of job security.
While each hospital and health care facility varies in terms of what they offer and can provide nurses with a good health care organization will usually offer nurses good medical coverages and the opportunity to choose from a number of excellent career opportunities.
As populations continue to grow and older nurses continue to retire new positions are becoming available to those who are interested in becoming registered nurses.
When you combine increasing job opportunities with a constantly growing and expanding career field the possibilities for those who work in this field are limitless.