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Careers in Nursing and Healthcare

Nursing careers are very rewarding, professionally and financially. The nursing profession is in high demand today due to the ongoing trend in aging population. There are various career paths and nursing positions and specialties to choose from.

The first step on pursuing a nursing career is to be trained as a Certified Nurse Assistant. CNAs are nursing auxiliary personnel who provide basic nursing duties in various health care environments. Certified nurse assistants are not registered nurses and they always work only under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Nurse. CNAs assist registered nurses in their daily duties.

Sometimes the certified nurse assistants are very experienced in their field but are unable to perform advanced duties due to lack of full training and legal issues. However, working as a certified nurse assistant can give a good insight into the healthcare profession and this is often the first step toward a career as a fully licensed nurse. Many potential nurses use a temporary job as a certified nurse assistant to test their compatibility with a health care profession before committing to become a Registered Nurse.

A Certified Nurse Assistant can have the following duties:

· Administering CPR and first aid

· Observing patients and reporting their findings to the supervising nurse

· Assisting Registered Nurses in their tasks and duties

· Making beds

· Helping bed ridden residents to turn in order to prevent bedsores

· Serving nutritional supplements

· Toileting residents and taking care of their personal hygiene including nail care, shaving, bath etc.

· Maintaining the residents’ space clean

· Emptying catheter bags.

· Bringing the resident to the therapy area

Certified Nurse Assistants may work in any health care setting environments that a nurse works in, such as Community Centers, Nursing homes, Hospitals, Outpatient facilities, Hospices, Schools, etc.

The credentials as a Certified Nurse Assistant can be gained by completion of the required number of hours worked in a health care facility or hospital. Because Certified Nurses Assistants are not licensed or registered nurses, they are limited in their responsibilities.

For those who want to pursuit further a career as a Licensed or Registered Nurse, there are many potential nursing careers and positions available, including”

· Nurse Practitioner

· Clinical Nurse Specialist

· Nurse Anesthetist

· Certified Nurse Midwife

· Staff Nurse

· Case Manager

· Manager/Administrator

· Director/CEO

· Nurse Educator

The more popular specialties in nursing careers specialties are:

· Long-Term Care Nurse

· Subacute Care Nurse

· Case Management

· Managed Care Nurse

· Occupational Health Nurse

· Telephone Triage

· Reconstructive Surgical Nurse

· Orthopaedic Nurse

· Rehabilitation Nurse

· Pediatric Nurse

· Enterostomal Therapy Nurse

· Infection Control Nurse

· Ambulatory Care Nurse

· AIDS Care Nurse

· Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse

· Correctional Nurse

· Trauma Nurse

· Genetics Nurse

· Transplant Nurse

· Respiratory Nurse

· Otorhinolaryngology Nurse

· Psychiatric Nurse

· Gastroenterology/Endoscopy Nurse

· Intravenous Therapy Nurse

· Neuroscience Nurse

· Perioperative Nurse

· Perianesthesia Nurse

· Nephrology Nurse

· Ophthalmic Nurse

· Oncology Nurse

· Perinatal Nurse

· Primary Care/Office Nurse

· School Nurse

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