"Nurses….Jack of all trades,Master of none" well I concur, yes we are jack of all trades but we can absolutely be masters of them all too.
One of the greatest aspects of nursing as a profession is the ability to work in many types of environments and in many different roles. It is a field which is constantly evolving. For me, I've done a mixture of jobs and many post graduate courses, but over the last 14 years I have primarily worked in Emergency departments between Edinburgh, London and Ireland. It's where my nursing heart lies, but I've always been keen to develop skills and dip my toes in other roles from time to time.
Nurses can work bedside with the sickest patients or opt to care for those who are mostly well. They can work directly with patients or indirectly by collaborating with the interdisciplinary team or others involved in healthcare to help patients.
For every individual temperament and personality exists a nursing specialty. The pace of a working environment can be fast and full of adrenaline, or a slower pace with lots of time to spend bonding with patients and families, or somewhere in between. Nurses can have a great amount of pressure to do everything perfectly and quickly with extremely high stakes or may work in an environment that is more relaxed with basically "well" patients who want to chit-chat while they wait for their physician's appointment. Nurses can work with every age and population from very sick premature newborns to the elderly at the end of life from school children to adults who are undergoing elective plastic surgery. The options are nearly endless.
Nurses have the option of working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician's offices, prisons, from home, as a traveling nurse in hospitals across the country, and in many other specialty roles.
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Where Do Nurses Work?
Nurses work in many different areas of healthcare and the roles often vary within each environment. All of them basically can be differentiated by either direct or indirect patient care areas.
Direct Patient Care Nursing
The nurse works "at bedside" in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team and his/her primary role is to work "hands-on" with a patient. This nurse works "hand-on" with patients.
Indirect Patient Care Nurse
The Nurse works in collaboration with the Bedside Nurse and multidisciplinary team to support the care of patients. This nurse may not be as "hands on" as a direct patient care .
Nurses can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Outpatient Settings
- Physician Offices
- Insurance Companies
- Community Health
- School Nurse
- Prison Nurse
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
For nurses with big career aspirations, advanced nurse practitioner is a rewarding pathway. These nursing careers require graduate-level degrees, such as a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctorate In Nursing.ANP's bridge the gap between nurses and physicians, performing high-level duties and often overseeing nursing staff.ANP's are also often a primary source of medical care for many patients, and therefore can enjoy long-lasting relationships. Advanced practice can hold a number of highly coveted specialty nursing positions, including:
- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
- Emergency Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Paediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
- Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Clinical Nurse Leader
- Nursing Informatics
- Nurse Midwife
- Nurse Administrator
- Case Management Nurse
- Nurse Anesthetist
Alternative Nurse Careers
A variety of non-hospital nursing career opportunities are also available for Nurses who don't want to work in the fast-paced hospital environment. Typically, these jobs require at least a few years of hands-on, clinical nursing experience. Nurses in an alternative environment may travel, provide in-home care, or work in an office setting. More of these alternative nursing opportunities will be available to nurses who hold a degree or higher. Career options include:
- Clinical Nurse Educator
- Public Health Nurse
- Home Health Nurse
- Travel Nurse
- Forensic Nurse
- Nurse Advocate
- Hospice Nurse
- Telephone Triage Nurse
So if you ever thought that nursing was a one trick pony….you are very wrong. It leads to a world of opportunities and a lifetime of learning.