November 14, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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A vascular nurse specialises in treating patients who suffer from a variety of diseases including carotid artery disease, abdominal aneurysms, leaky leg veins and peripheral arterial disease. Patients who suffer from these problems are usually elderly and their symptoms are typically complicated by a number of different chronic problems. This field of nursing is rapidly gaining in popularity and for good reason too. Take a look at why a growing number of nurses are considering a career in vascular nursing and why you should too.
Vascular nurses are needed in a wide array of settings, from hospitals to elderly care homes and private medical treatment facilities. These professionals may also be employed in diagnostic centres or research fields for help with clinical trials and other research activity. And for those who want to work on their own or who are looking for more flexibility in their working schedules, there is a growing demand for vascular nurses to make house calls to tend to the health of those who are housebound.
Unlike certain fields of nursing, a master’s degree is not a mandatory prerequisite to practice in this field. Instead, a lot of importance is given to work experience. In order to practice as a vascular nurse, you will first need to acquire your RN licence. RN licence in hand, you will have to get at least two years of continuous practice as a Registered Nurse. You will also need to have a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience in the field of cardio-vascular training in addition to 30 hours of continuing education in this field. The cardio-vascular training and education has to be done within the last three years in order for it to be valid.
Professionals in this specialty work with people who are in a lot of pain and suffering from multiple age-related complications. Most patients would be dealing with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity or arthritis. In your role as a vascular nurse, you will have the personal satisfaction of helping patients enjoy basic life functions and manage their pain as well as helping them make healthier lifestyle choices so that they can prevent potential consequences such as amputation, stroke and even death.
As a vascular nurse, you can also offer home healthcare services. Home healthcare services are in huge demand as a way to keep patients at home and out of the hospital, which helps reduce their overall healthcare expenses and also helps ease the burden on the healthcare system.
The primary focus of a vascular nurse is to educate patients on the adverse effects of certain lifestyle habits such as smoking and overeating and to advise them on the most effective ways to prevent associated complications.
This is an ideal career choice for anyone who is looking for a slower-paced nursing career that also allows them to interact with and care for elderly individuals.