The most in demand nursing specialities - Part 3September 4, 2014
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC)
Certified legal nurse consultants are essentially registered nurses who utilise their healthcare expertise along with specialised training to consult on medical related lawsuits. These professionals typically work with attorneys, providing them with cost-effective expertise about nursing and the healthcare system. As a certified legal nurse consultant you would be responsible for performing research, assisting with discovery, preparing reports and summaries, identifying standards of care, locating expert witnesses and reviewing medical records.
This is an excellent career for nurses who are not interested in working in a hospital. Certified legal nurse consultants work in law offices or from their homes or they may work for insurance companies, government agencies or private corporations.
You need to have a current RN license to become a CLNC but a BSN is not mandatory.
Certified Dialysis Nurse
A certified dialysis nurse helps people with dysfunctional kidneys who have to rely on dialysis machines to eliminate waste products from their body. With a high demand and a low supply of certified dialysis nurses, certified dialysis nursing is set to become one of the fastest growing nursing specialties. Most certified dialysis nurses who work in dialysis clinics enjoy a nine to five working schedule, which is a huge attraction to those who want to avoid the more rigorous hospital shifts. These professionals are also in demand on cruise ships.
To be a certified dialysis nurse, you need to have a registered nurse license and a minimum of 2,000 hours caring for nephrology and dialysis patients over the previous two years. In addition you will also need to pass an official certification test and have at least 15 hours of continuing education credits in nephrology.
Nurse Case Manager
Nurse case managers are responsible for monitoring the progress of patients, assessing their care and suggesting alternative treatments when necessary. They walk the fine line of advocating for patients while also finding the most cost-efficient care on behalf of medical facilities and insurance providers. Some nurse case managers work for insurance companies. A nurse case manager is an excellent career option for registered nurses who wish to get away from typical nursing tasks.
Some RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN programs provide a case management track. A case management nursing certificate is not required, but it improves the chances of finding better employment.
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse
Neonatal intensive care nurses specialise in providing highly skilled care to newborn babies who are born with congenital problems either due to difficult birth circumstances or because of being born prematurely. These nurses undergo rigorous training as the life of the newborn is in their hands. This is a high stress specialty that requires a huge amount of resilience.
To practice as a neonatal intensive care nurse, you will have to be an RN with several years nursing experience in paediatrics and intensive care.