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    Critical-Care Nurses Specialize in Saving Lives

    Critical-Care Nurses Specialize in Saving Lives
    With an ability to think quickly, act decisively and stay calm when lives are at stake, critical-care nurses are among the in-demand healthcare professionals who make life-or-death decisions about patient care every day. Critical-care nurses treat patients at high risk for actual or potential life-threatening health problems and also tend to the emotional well-being of those patients' families. That's no small ...
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    Neonatal Nursing: An In-Depth Look

    Neonatal Nursing: An In-Depth Look
    With an increase in the number of premature babies requiring acute hospital care, new and experienced nurses are finding more career opportunities in neonatal nursing. Neonatal nurses work in general maternity wards and in neonatal intensive-care units (NICUs). Those caring for premature and critically ill babies spend their shifts diapering and feeding the infants, checking vital signs, administering medications and tests, ...
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    Nursing Careers Beyond the Hospital

    Nursing Careers Beyond the Hospital
    Mid-career nurses who want to reinvent themselves without starting over can apply their clinical skills and experience outside of the hospital. Take a look at these career possibilities. Perhaps one of them is the key to helping you rediscover your passion for nursing. Consultant Want to strike out on your own? Many nurses carve out lucrative niches as consultants, offering data ...
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    Career Guide: Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses

    Career Guide: Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses
    Nature of the Work Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. (The work of physicians and surgeons and of registered nurses is described elsewhere in the Handbook.) The nature of the direction and supervision required varies by State and job setting. ...
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    Career Guide: Registered Nurse

    Career Guide: Registered Nurse
    Nature of the Work Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and ...
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    Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides

    Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
    Nature of the Work Nursing and psychiatric aides help care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled, or infirm individuals in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and mental health settings. Home health aides have duties that are similar, but they work in patients’ homes or residential care facilities. Nursing aides and home health aides are among the occupations commonly referred to as ...
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    Nursing Reality Shock: The New-Nurse Survival Guide

    Nursing Reality Shock: The New-Nurse Survival Guide
    For second-career nurses, the transition from nursing school to working with real patients can range from somewhat uncomfortable to highly shocking. These rookies often have given up secure, well-established careers, only to discover on-the-job demands never mentioned in the textbooks. However, the right attitude can help you weather your first few months on the nursing unit. For those who overcome the ...
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    Nursing Careers Beyond the Bedside

    Nursing Careers Beyond the Bedside
    When providing bedside care loses its luster, working in a nonclinical specialty can renew your love for nursing and draw on your clinical experience. The following positions exist at most healthcare institutions and are well-suited to experienced nurses. However, only a few such jobs may be available at a given facility. h4. Case Managers Case managers choreograph all aspects of patient ...
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    Ethical Dilemmas in Home Healthcare

    Ethical Dilemmas in Home Healthcare
    Whether you're a social worker, therapist, visiting nurse or another type of home healthcare practitioner, you will undoubtedly face an ethical dilemma at some point in your career. These quandaries can relate to a patient's safety, competency or confidentiality, reimbursement or a host of other issues that force home healthcare workers to act. Three home healthcare professionals shed light on issues ...
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    Legal Nurse Consulting

    Legal Nurse Consulting
    Nurses with an appetite for both emergency-room trauma and courtroom drama may have a future in legal nurse consulting. Legal nurse consultants work at the intersection of medicine and law, consulting with attorneys and others in the legal arena on medical malpractice, personal injury, workers' compensation and other healthcare-related cases. Thousands of nurses have already carved out a professional niche in ...
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    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Nurse?

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Nurse?
    Although people considering careers in nursing come from all walks of life, many potential nurses share a surprisingly common set of questions and concerns, such as “Can I get into nursing school?” and “Am I crazy to become a nurse at my age?” Two nurses and a nursing professor address wannabe nurses’ frequently asked questions. How difficult is it to get ...
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    Find a Fulfilling Career in Home Health Care

    Find a Fulfilling Career in Home Health Care
    A great jumping-off place for any health care professional, home health aide careers offer flexibility, a variety of experiences, and a resume boost. Many home health aides go on to begin careers as nurses, medical assistants, and physical therapy aides. Want to get into health care, but don't know where to start? The booming field of home health aide careers will ...
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    All the Comforts of Home Care

    All the Comforts of Home Care
    While making house calls may seem like an old-fashioned notion, the need for nurses, aides and other healthcare professionals to care for people in their homes is actually on the rise. “Home care plays a very important and growing role in our country,” says Marcie Barnette, a former home care nurse who is now the director of education and credentialing for ...
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    Is Home Health Right for You?

    Is Home Health Right for You?
    Are home health aide careers right for you? The independence, one-on-one patient contact and flexibility appeal to many healthcare job seekers, but home health work isn't for everyone. If you're considering a job in home care, ask yourself the following questions - courtesy of home health veterans - to determine whether you'd be happy and successful in the field. h4. Can ...
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    Share, Learn, Be Inspired: A Series of Interviews

    Share, Learn, Be Inspired: A Series of Interviews
    The wide range of career possibilities in the healthcare field means that there are limitless choices when it comes to choosing a direction. One of the best ways to learn about a potential career path is to learn about it straight from the horse's mouth. Whether you are a seasoned professional, or a student trying to find your way in this ...
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    Become a Nurse

    Become a Nurse
    Do you want to become a nurse but don’t know where to start out? Here is a ten step guide that will help you find the way. You will learn about the nursing profession, find out about the educational requirements and certifications, and you’ll discover tips on how to survive your first year as a nurse. This guide is meant for ...
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    Career Q&A: Licensed Practical Nurse

    h4. What will I do? Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for persons who are recovering from sickness, are disabled or injured or live in a care facility such as a hospital or nursing home. LPNs need to be caring people who are able to make decisions and to observe for, and recognize, signs of health troubles. Interview with Carlos Camacho, LPN ...
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    Career Q&A: Home Health Aide

    h4. What will I do? Many people who are frail, sick or disabled would prefer to receive their care in the comfort of their homes, rather than a nursing home or medical facility. Comfort is important, but home care also makes good financial sense. Interview with Leayana Hall, Health Aide at Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas Home health care aides, also ...
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    Career Profile: Licensed Practical Nurse

    Career Profile: Licensed Practical Nurse
    h4. How did you get interested in nursing? Actually I started out in radiology, but I realized right away it wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to start over, and my mom suggested nursing because there are so many areas to specialize in within the field. So I switched to the LPN program at Riverside Regional Medical Center. I liked it ...
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    Career Profile: Home Health Aide - Leayana Hall

    Career Profile: Home Health Aide - Leayana Hall
    h4. What do you do every day? We go out and see our patients. We do daily baths and oral care and comb hair and take blood pressure, pulses and respirations. Basically we are doing patient care. On a regular day, we see five or six patients. Most of my patients are elderly, but we also get teenagers and babies. We ...
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