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10-19-2006, 06:18 PM
Career in Nursing

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Planning a Career in Nursing About The Profession

What do Nurses do?

Nurses work in many different areas, but the common thread of nursing is the nursing process - the essential core of how a registered nurse delivers care.
This process involves 5 steps: 1.assessment: collecting and analyzing physical, psychological and sociocultural data about a patient;
2.diagnosis: making a judgment on the cause, condition and path of the illness;
3.planning: creating a care plan which sets specific treatment goals;
4.implementation: supervising or carrying out the actual treatment plan;
5.evaluation: continuous assessment of the plan.

Nursing Specialties

There is a wide variety of nursing specialty areas; you will certainly be able to find one to fit any interest you have. Examples include: surgery, emergency, pediatric, psychiatric, school, public health, nurse-midwives, and others. Note that some specialty areas require additional experience, study or certification.
Career Opportunities

There is a strong demand for nurses today. Career prospects are good, and job possibilities are plentiful. Nurses are needed not only in hospitals, but in home health agencies, long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, managed care centers, and in community health. Educating patients & their families in preventive care is highly important. Demands for advanced practice nurses are growing in many areas; some APNs are opening their own practices.
Nurses have never been more important to health care than they are today. They must be well-educated, adaptable, and able to act as patient advocates. Nurses should be prepared for leadership roles in managing resources to promote better health care for their patients, whatever the location or setting.

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