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Nursing

What is it?

A diverse discipline that combines compassion and medicine in taking care of patients. Nursing has come a long way since years ago where nurses only took care of patients in hospitals and mainly administering medication. Today’s nurses are active in different settings. Clinician nurses are responsible in many aspects of patients’ well being in hospitals. Nurses are also active in research, government or industry.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate programs are four years long. Most nursing programs are a four year Bachelor program although some two year RN programs do also exist. Some technical schools offer a two year RN program.

MSc and Ph.D programs in nursing are also available.

Clinical nurses work in hospitals and are responsible for all clinical aspects of patient care including drug administration, monitoring, consultation with physicians and administrative work.

Clinical Nurses

Clinical nurses work in hospitals and are responsible for all clinical aspects of patient care including drug administration, monitoring, consultation with physicians and administrative work. Nurses can further specialize in specific areas of medicine including Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Critical Care Unit (CCU) or work strictly in the Operating room (OR).

Research Nurses

Research nurses work in the research setting. They are mainly responsible for enrolling patients in clinical trials and performing research duties. Research nurses are also responsible for implementing and preparing research protocols and administer medication to patients enrolled research studies.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are nurses with advanced training. Nurse practitioners are allowed to prescribe medications to patients allowing them to work more closely with doctors and be a more integral part of the health care team.

Job Prospects

The job prospects for nurses for the next ten to twenty years is excellent This is in light of the increase in demand with the aging population and the decrease in supply with retirement of more nurses from the work force. Nursing is a versatile medical career that allows one to be involved in both clinical work and research. Nurses may earn between 45-65$/hr.

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