A career in nursing is highly rewarding and is definitely a career for life. The other thing about nursing is, that there’s so many different areas of it that you can specialize in if you choose to, so it’s worth considering before going and doing any training if you’d like to focus on general nursing or if there’s an area of specialization you’d like to focus on more.
In this post, we’re going to share with you just some of the various fields of nursing you can get into, each with their own challenges and rewards, and a short overview of what you could expect if working in any of these areas as a nurse.
Registered Nurse (RN):
To be able to work in any area of nursing, you’ll be required to take a 4-year degree program in most countries to qualify as an RN and from there you can decide if you wish to focus on a specialist area or if you’d rather work in a more general nursing environment where you get to work with a variety of patients.
A nurse midwife is one of the main people a pregnant woman will come into contact with and remain in the care of until the baby is delivered, and sometimes after the delivery. Being a midwife is obviously a very rewarding job, and like most areas of nursing will involve long hours and irregular shifts.
A dialysis nurse is someone who’s highly specialized in working with patients who require dialysis due to kidney problems. To work in this area, you’ll need to undergo various types of training, probably on an ongoing basis that keep you up to date with the latest treatments and how to administer them, as well as how to help a patient through their dialysis and work with equipment such as dialysis machines and a dialysis liquid filter so that you can best support your patients.
Intensive Care Nurse:
When someone is very ill or has been seriously injured, for example if they’re in a coma as a result of a head injury or car accident, then they’ll need a great deal more monitoring and will be put under what’s known as intensive care. Intensive care nurses will be the main people working alongside doctors who will look after these patients and often checking on them and administering the things they need more frequently that what would be required on a more general care ward. Intensive care nurses often work long hours and can have fast-paced jobs where they’re constantly on their feet during the shit even though they’ll have less patients under their care than they would when working with less critical patients.
This type of nursing focuses on working with patients who have bone injuries and they will work closely with doctors and other specialists, such as those who perform scans and X-rays so that the right treatment plan for the patient can be agreed. Sometimes patients with bone injuries may be brought in as surgical emergencies and then later moved to an orthopedic ward where they’ll remain until their condition allows them to be discharged.