Emerging registered nurse specialties that have tremendous potentialDecember 1, 2014
The past few years have witnessed a growing need for registered nurses and this trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. At the same time, there have also been tremendous leaps in technological advancements that have changed the face of healthcare. Both of these together have given rise to several unique specialty fields in nursing. For those who are looking to become registered nurses, here are five new and emerging RN specialties that have tremendous potential.
With the growing importance of informatics within healthcare, there is a pressing need for registered nurses to play a more pivotal role in developing applicable software programs. Since registered nurses have a better understanding of the different determinants of health, their knowledge is crucial to help design and create applications and systems that can be used for patients and members of the healthcare sector. RNs who have the computer skills and can contribute to new software development will never find themselves lacking in job opportunities.
Care coordinators are responsible for ensuring that healthcare is delivered efficiently and cost effectively in all healthcare settings. Their job functions range from coordinating and supervising teams and treatment plans to playing an advisory role for health practices. Registered nurses are often the preferred choice for this role because they have an extensive knowledge about healthcare and they are also good with working in teams. Pre-requisites for this role include good leadership skills and communication skills as well as the ability to work well in a team.
Primary care partner
RNs in this field will soon play an equally important role as experienced nurses who have been in the primary health care sector for years. These nurses are responsible for taking care of patients and ensuring the best possible treatment methods for them. They also work to help hospitals and medical institutions by trying to increase the number of patients that can be accommodated and providing a high level of care to these patients. Nurses in these institutions often take on different roles ranging from screening of patients, carrying out various tests and helping with patient education.
Nurse/Family cooperative facilitator
A nurse cooperative facilitator carries out the role that is similar to the traditional ‘visiting nurse’ model that has been used for decades. Instead of working in medical institutions, these specialists go right to the source of the matter and care for patients at their place of work or residence. RNs in this sector have an opportunity to tackle a number of common domestic problems ranging from substance abuse to violence and poverty. They not only hold interventions and help in the recovery process of patients but they also help in the prevention of various problems that often occur at an individual or a family level.
Faculty team leader
Registered nurses are more and more in demand with every passing year and it is necessary for the RN education system to be dynamic and change with the times. This has brought about a need for a synergy between practical experience and classroom knowledge. RNs work as coordinators in this process and help with modelling and preparing the new RNs for the continuously changing scenario so that they can handle the nursing world.