Breakthrough: Career Options for the Registered Nurse
Nursing is often perceived as a hands-on job focused only on providing primary care and comfort to patients. The stereotype angels in white, nurses are viewed by the public as people whose role is limited only in the confines of the hospital and the clinical area where they cater the needs of the clientele. What others do not know is that there’s more to nursing life than administering medications, calibrating IV bottles and carrying out doctors’ orders.
Leaving the bedside
Like a door opening to a house full of windows, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree opens a whole bunch of opportunities for the job seeker to choose from. It presents a wide range of career choices depending on the nurse’s best interests and inclinations.
Nursing Informatics – Technology has become a daily part in the modern society’s life. Combining the nurse’s knowledge and experience about health care and technology skills could earn the nurse a fortune considering the high stipend the job offers. Some of the duties and responsibilities of nurse informaticists is to provide, teach and create awareness on technical support among the nursing staff regarding information systems to assist patient care.
Teaching – By having spent 4 years in nursing school and gaining vast knowledge on healthcare, nurses who are inclined to teach can share their knowledge to student nurses by becoming nurse educators, reviewers or clinical instructors. However, most nursing schools prefer applicants with advanced degrees such as Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and at least a year of clinical experience.
Patient Advocate – Those with a kind heart and who wish to be of aid to others in need can become patient advocates. They act as the patient’s backer, standing up for them in critical situations and offering support to the families. They also protect and answer questions of patients regarding their rights and concerns.
Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Sales – For those nurses who have a charming personality and a knack at sales talking, you can earn a living by promoting/selling medical equipment and company drugs to physicians and nursing staff. With a background of knowledge on the medical field partnered with the confidence to network products, marketing would not be much trouble.
Research – If you fancy logistics, analysis and love to keep your keen mind working, then you might want to try being a nurse researcher. With this, you can help in developing new treatments by you observing and assessing patients on trial on their reaction to the therapy and collaborate with research scientists and physicians. Like the typical scientific method, you collect data through thorough assessment, conduct experiments with the research team, and in the end draw conclusions and recommendations.
On a broader perspective
It takes an open mind and a willing heart to know that beyond the bedside, the nursing profession actually has a lot more to offer. It is packed with numerous openings that are yet to be discovered. But above all, what matters is that you choose something that you love and consider it as a career because if you put your heart in it, not even the hardest trials are big enough to hinder you from achieving success.