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Career opportunities after a nursing degree

BY: Deena David | Category: Women | Post Date: 2009-09-30
 



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The career opportunities of nurses may seem limited after they complete their basic nursing education. This is because the general notion is that the nurses can only work in hospitals as nurses. This may be true to an extent, but in the recent past, the career opportunities of nurses have widened considerably. There are many opportunities for the nurses to work in different situations

The various career opportunities of nurses are listed in this article:

1. Disaster management:

Disasters strike people of the world every now and then. This causes severe damage to life and property. People run here and there for their health and life. A nurse who is trained in disaster management will be able to manage a effective rescue and treatment programs when disaster strikes. This was evident in the recent tsunami that struck the coast of India, A team of nurses from a reputed hospital were able to assess the needs of a community in one of the affected villages and provide for their psychological as well as physical needs.

2. Community:
A nurse in the community is an effective person to diagnose and also refer the patient to a higher center for treatment. Nurses who work in the community are in close interaction with many people who live under difficult and different conditions. They are assessed for various health problems by the community nurse. If they have any identified needs they are referred to a tertiary hospital for their needs to be met.

3. Nurse practitioner:
For the past few years, nurse practitioners have become very important , This is because of the lack of physicians in many rural areas of developing countries. The nurse practitioners are trained in basic diagnosis and also treatment for simple conditions. The are also trained to identify complications and complicated disease. If they identify such problems, then the patients are referred to the hospital. This is one of the important roles of a nurse practitioner.

4. Nursing education:
Nursing education is a very important aspect of a career of a nurse. Nurses who have completed their post graduate education are usually geared p to be academicians. These nurses teach the students who are training to become nurses. These people have a lot of responsibility as they have to train new people and at the same time they should be role models for the people who are training under them. There are various specialties in nursing and the nursed are educated in these specialties. Some of the common specialties in nursing include community nursing, pediatric nursing, medical nursing, surgical nursing, psychiatric nursing.

5. Research:
Research is another important career opportunity that nurses have. Many research nurses are being trained many to conduct research in nursing related projects that include research on nursing care and research on the various aspects of diseases and how patients are affected. These research nurses are specially trained to conduct various research projects. This will help to increase the knowledge on the subject and also increase the evidence based practice of nurses.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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