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Choose the Best Nursing Career

Updated on September 22, 2012

A career in nursing is not for all, but if you’ve ever considered working within the healthcare setting and improving the quality of life for families and individuals then you may be on the right track.

Once you have undertaken your nurse training there are numerous opportunities available in this exciting health care profession. You will be able to develop your skills as your experience develops and transfer these over in many areas. With some additional training and education you can diversify as much as you choose.

Here, I have listed a few nursing opportunities that are available to any nurse who has the motivation and desire to continue learning and to branch out into a specific areas to further develop the role of the nurse.

Nursing as a career need never be boring. You can always learn new skills and work within a variety of interesting environments.

Nurse Practitioner – will have completed an advance level of education, usually a Master’s Degree in a specific area of expertise. Nurse Practioner’s are able to treat certain mental and physical conditions and order specific screening and diagnostic tests and follow up care. Nurse Practitioner’s usually work within the primary care health setting and are able to work independently, although are usually part of a larger team aimed at providing the best patient care.

Travel nursing – can also be known as a casual nurse or agency nurse and is either employed by a hospital or nursing agency. The travel nurse is employed on a casual basis to work across various settings within her/his scope of practise. Working as a travel nurse is a good way to determine if you like working in a specific area and/or to see a bit more of the world.

Occupational health nurses – may also be known as industrial health nurses. As an Occupational Health Nurse you may choose to work within the setting of private company where you will be responsible for the occupational health and safety of the employees. This can be anything from immunisations, managing staff ill health to ensuring equipment is safe to use. If you choose to work within a community setting you may work in a rehabilitation centre or community setting. You will assess the safety of the home and provide recommendations for equipment for individuals with specific impairments.

Pediatric nursing – As a pediatric nurse (or paediatric nurse) you will work with babies and young children and adolescents. You may choose work within the hospital environment in either a general setting or more specialised environment. In some countries the role of the pediatric nurse as extended to the primary care setting where children can be visited at home and their care managed by a pediatric nurse.

Psychiatric nursingormental health nursing is the area of expertise that cares for individuals of all ages both in the community and hospital setting. Nurses work with psychiatrists, psychologist and, psychotherapists to help people experiencing mental health problems such as schizophrenia, bipolar disease, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders and dementia. It can be a challenging area or work but very interesting with lots of scope for learning and development

Learning disability nurse – is usually based within a residential or community setting. A learning disability nurse may work with children or adults to support them to live a healthy life within the community and reach their full potential. The role can vary depending on the disability of the individual and the work setting. The nurse will work closely with allied health services to manage the physical and emotional care of the individual.

Military Nurse – can be an arm nurse, naval nurse or air force nurse. You many undertake all of your training within the forces or join after once you have become a nurse.

School nursing – focuses on the health and general well-being of all school age children. The role of the school nurse is one of prevention of ill health and promotion of good health. It involves immunisation of children, sexual health education, child protection services, nutrition and exercise advice, advocacy, personal hygiene and safety, screening children’s emotional and physical development to prevent ill health and promote life-long learning and academic success.

Child Health Nurse – usually works within the community setting, providing a home service to parents returning home after having a baby. Parents can seek advice on feeding, nutrition, sleep, immunisations, growth and development. Child health nurses also manage clinics in the community for parents to bring their children when seeking health advice. Mostly this is well babies and children who come for health screening and immunisations. This role also involves safeguarding children and families and works closely with allied health services.

Midwife - in some countries such as the United Kingdom you can become a midwife through a direct entry program which means you do not have to train to be a nurse first . Elsewhere you may be expected to undertake your nurse training first. Midwives work with obstetricians to manage the care of women through pregnancy, birth and during the post natal period. Midwives can work within in the community setting such as health clinics and attending home births. Some midwives choose to work as independent practitioners.

Diabetes educator – is a specialist nurse who works primarily with individuals with diabetes and teaches them how to manage their condition. Diabetic nurse educators may be based in hospital or community settings and work closely with pharmacists, podiatrists and other allied health services to provide the best support with people with diabetes.

Hospital setting – nurses with a general nursing background can work within the many hospital specialities and continue to develop their skills. Accident and emergency, Intensive care, cardiology and theatre are all popular options. Most specialist areas provide additional training for nurses working within these settings.

Volunteer overseas nurse – there are many charities who will employ nurses to work within their organisations. Some will provide a small salary and basic lodgings whilst others may expect you to pay for your own board and lodgings and even raise a certain amount of money for the charity before commencing work. These positions can be highly


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      Dani 3 years ago

      Absolutely! 20 years from now you would barely rmbmeeer who you went to Prom with and the names of the others you used to hang out with! But, you will always know and love your child and never regret finishing your education.

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      Laura 3 years ago

      Those shots are wonderful!!! Really! So I don't know if I misesd something or if its because I'm blogging on my phone, but I need details!! You moved furniture out of what room? How did you get the reflective surface? Tell, tell!!!