Spoiler alert! Nurses are everywhere.
Contrary to the common notion that nurses are doomed (okay, maybe assigned is a better word) to work in hospitals 24/7, these unsung healthcare heroes are actually in-demand everywhere. Not just limited to clinics, doctor’s offices, and intensive care units as most nurses would be portrayed in movies.
As long as we’re alive, the demand for healthcare professionals like nurses will continue to thrive. And that’s basically as good as saying forever. The question now becomes: which type of nurse do you want to be?
A good starting point is understanding the responsibilities that come with the role.
What do nurses do in the first place?
Nurses care for people. They’re trained to provide patient care, from ensuring comfort and hygiene to administering medical procedures and processes.
Although different types of nurses have different sets of responsibilities, all nurses follow a five-step “nursing process” on how they approach patients, namely: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. After that, a nurse’s everyday routine varies depending on factors like their level of education and medical specialty.
If your heart beats for a nursing profession but hospitals aren’t your ideal workplace, we’ve shortlisted some nursing professions you can choose from.
What are the other types of nurses?
Legal Nurse Consultant
When medicine and law join forces, a legal nurse consultant is needed. This type of nurse works hand in hand with lawyers to gather and study evidence in health-related legal cases like medical malpractice, insurance fraud, and personal injury.
Even tough guys need help. This is where military nurses come to the rescue! They provide medical care to patients including, but not limited to, injured soldiers, military personnel, military retirees and their dependents. (And yes, they also serve in base camps and war zones.)
Forensic nurses play a crucial role in investigating crimes. They help legal professionals collect forensic evidence and even testify in court cases! They’re also well-trained in working with crime victims who may need to undergo physical exams, counselling, and trauma debriefing.
Travel Registered Nurse
s the name suggests, this type of nurse travels a lot. Working with employment agencies, a travel nurse works like a standard registered nurse except they get to move from hospital to hospital wherever there’s a position to fill. Talk about work flexibility!
here’s nothing like a mother’s relief after giving birth to her newborn. You can be part of it. A certified nurse midwife provides support and services to women all throughout the pregnancy. Postpartum care included!
People need care at all ages. Geriatric nurses provide specialized care for senior patients as well as support for their families. If you have a soft spot for the elderly, this nursing profession might be your calling.
Nurse informatics happens when nursing meets technology. Informatics nurses help manage information and make it more efficient for healthcare professionals (read: electronic medical records). If you’re more of the tech-savvy kind of nurse, you’ll enjoy this.
If you’re interested in teaching, being a nurse educator is the way to go! This nursing career gives you the privilege of training students and nurses alike to be the best in the field. Bonus points that you get to share real-life lessons you learned throughout your career.
Public Health Nurse
Caring for a patient is good. Caring for a community is a whole different story. Public health nurses accept the challenge of improving the overall health and safety of a community. Are you up for it, too?
We don’t like stating the obvious but school nurses can be found in… schools. And they’re doing an important job in making sure students are given proper medical care as needed. Whether that be offering basic therapeutic care to providing first aid—the right way, IYKWIM.
Awesome! Now what?
Being a nurse is a noble profession. No doubt about that. But like any other career worth pursuing, it takes time, dedication and hard work. So make up your mind and start taking the right classes.
If you’re in Senior High, choosing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand is a good first step towards a nursing career. On the other hand, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing for college will equip you with the necessary skills you’ll need for the job.
Jumpstart a career in nursing! Check out the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and other health-related courses offered at Colegio de Dagupan. If you want more tips and advice on finding your career path, check out our Job Hunting blog section at Edukasyon.ph now!