INFORMATION ABOUT NURSING
Nursing is poised to change the face of healthcare as never before.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among RNs will
grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2008.
Demand for quality nurses continues to escalate. Yet many students
don't realize the opportunities that await them.
Vivian Austin, left, assistant
professor of nursing, reviews cases with nursing students
Meredith Rumph, center, and Rachel Haddock.
by Bruce Radcliffe
NURSING PRACTICE AREAS
Hospital nursing is just one of the many areas where nurses practice.
Examples of other practice settings include home care, private
practice, public health, extended care centers, clinics, offices,
schools, military service, corporations, health-related industries,
hospice, occupational settings and health and wellness centers.
NURSING SPECIALTY AREAS
Like few others, the profession of nursing offers a wide variety
of specialties. From pediatrics to geriatrics, nursing’s
impact is felt across the lifespan. Here is a sampling of specialty
areas from which students can choose: ambulatory care, burn care,
developmental disabilities, emergency, geriatrics, home care, intensive
care unit (cardiovascular, medical, neonatal and surgical), medical
telemetry, mother/baby care, oncology, operating room, pediatrics,
psychiatric nursing, recovery, rehabilitation, renal (diabetes
and dialysis), research and school nursing.
Nursing is no longer confined to the bedside. Today’s nurses
can now be found in a growing number of professional venues. Nurses
influence legislation, change health care delivery systems, write
and publish, educate about disease prevention and health promotion,
and participate on boards of directors. Here are some of the professional
paths nursing can lead to: private ventures, collaborative practice,
alternative care, teaching, community care, journalism, business,
sales and marketing, law and informatics.