Shadowing a DoctorAugust 20, 2014
Duties of an ambulatory care nurse include carrying out appropriate patient treatment plans for acute illnesses, keeping accurate records, promoting overall well being, coordinating with family members and possibly providing end of life care. These registered nurses interact with patients directly and often form long-term patient care relationships in a variety of settings. Ambulatory care nurses provide best-practice methods for achieving positive quality of care outcomes.
Registered nurses working in ambulatory care have a wide-range of skills and knowledge to meet the diverse needs of patients across all ages.
Forensic nurses play a unique role in the legal system. After tending to the immediate needs of a person involved in a crime, a forensic nurse will collect evidence and prepare reports that can be used in a court of law. These professionals are often called upon to give testimony in a courtroom based on their medical findings. They also provide invaluable support to victims of neglect, abuse and violent crimes.
This is an excellent option for someone who is equally interested in the legal field as well as the medical field.
Orthopaedic nurses play a central role in the management and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. From administering medication to assisting in surgery, nurses who specialise in this area assist patients of all who are suffering from orthopaedic problems. Orthopaedic nurses also educate patients and assist them and their families to better understand the injury or condition and help to implement short-term and long-term treatment plans.
A thorough knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal system is necessary for this specialty.
Cardiac nurses undergo special training related to the heart and supporting systems. They may work in general hospital systems as well as special cardiac care centres. From monitoring electrocardiograms to talking with family members regarding the patient’s care plan, these professionals support the health and recovery of patients dealing with cardiac challenges.
Cardiac nursing often involves long-term caring for the same patient.
Critical Care Nursing
Patients who are critically ill or injured require continual monitoring and care. Nurses who specialise in critical care provide immediate treatment and ongoing support for patients whose conditions make their overall health particularly unstable and vulnerable to overall deterioration or death. Critical care nurses ensure that patients with actual or potentially life-threatening conditions receive the best care possible.
This is a high-stress specialty that involves making life and death decisions and is best suited only for those who have the stomach for handling these situations calmly and objectively.
Wound Care – Ostomy nursing
Ostomy nurses provide care for ostomies of the urinary and gastrointestinal systems. This is a highly specialised area requires extensive practical training after completing a four-year nursing degree. Most ostomy nurses have 5 or more years training before being considered for top jobs in this field. In addition to caring for patients with surgical ostomies, these professionals may also care for pressure ulcers and wounds caused by infection or injury.