Hot Jobs in Nursing

Most people get so obsessed with what’s in and what’s not nowadays, from fashion trends, to the latest techie gadgets, to the most sought after activities. We try to go with the flow just for the sake of fitting in and be just like anybody else. However, it’s not just all about the latest fashion styles and awesome smartphones, even professions have their own lists of “what’s hot and what’s not” nowadays. Let us get to know more about this in the nursing profession. What are the most sought after specializations in this profession of ours? What is it about them that makes them trend? Let’s find out.

Nursing Informaticist

Yup, technology has inched its way into the nursing profession. But how does it apply to nursing? Nursing informatics is a comparatively new specialty which combines nursing, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information and knowledge in nursing practice. It pulls all this information together in an efficient, computerized way to simplify patient care and other clinical work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, surgical centers and other health care settings.
However, if you are planning to enter this field, you still have a lot to go through since RNs who find work in this specialty typically have several years of experience and professional education in both information systems and nursing.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

If you’re interested in the OR, then this job may be for you. A CRNA works with a surgical team and performs anesthesia functions. However, this job entails increased professional liability and one who aspires to be part of this field must have both advanced education and training.

Certified Nurse Specialist

Certified Nurse Specialists are Registered nurses who are certified in his/her field of practice, such as Trauma, Oncology, and Occupational Health. It requires advanced studies and passing a standardized national test before you become certified in that field. After which, the nurse must maintain training and practice levels outlined in his/her particular certification, which may them open up promotional and salary increase opportunities not available to non-certified nurses.

Holistic Nurse

Holistic medicine and nursing is a blend of complementary and alternative healing methods, many of which are long-practiced traditions in Asian cultures. From the term “holistic,” this field treats the whole body as a system that works together, emphasizing harmony between body, mind and spirit to promote healing. Holistic nurses practice in a variety of settings, including medical offices, hospitals, wellness programs, fitness and meditation centers and their own businesses.

Legal Nurse Consultant

Are you, by any chance, a frustrated lawyer? Or do you have this inclination towards laws and legal matters? Then maybe this is the job for you. Because of escalating legal costs, many lawyers specializing in medical cases are hiring their own legal nurse consultants instead of using costly private contractors. Nowadays, it has been considered as a growing field with explosive development projections in coming years.

With new demands and challenges facing the profession, nursing continues to find ways to cope through some breakthroughs and innovations. As nurses, we must be flexible enough to deal with these changes and make use of what’s available to us. Find a specialization that best interests you, develop your potentials. Don’t just stay where you are while changes are happening around you. Do something, get involved. Who knows, you might be very successful and fulfilled in a nursing specialization close to your heart in the near future.

Sources:
http://www.nursetogether.com/hot-nursing-career-paths
http://www.randstadusa.com/workforce360/workforce-insights/2014-hot-jobs-nursing-and-allied-health/164/
http://www.minoritynurse.com/article/hot-jobs-emerging-careers

Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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