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            In today’s society, the 21st century, there is a high demand for registered nurses. “There is an estimated demand of about 2 million nurses needed in the United States since 2000. United States in 2000, with the demand for nurses estimated at 2 million. This translates to a 6% shortage of nurses. Based on what is known about trends in the supply of registered nurses and the anticipated demand, the shortage is expected to double to 12% by 2010, to triple by 2015, and continue growing to 29% by 2020. Nursing is listed everywhere as one of the top growth professions.”( Jeanne M. and Novotny, Doris T. Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Lippman)

            When someone enters the nursing field, they are almost guaranteed a job because of the high demand. Being a nurse is a type of profession that can be useful almost anywhere. You will know about the way the human body functions and how to manage and take care of it. So not only will a nurse be able to help patience, but them as well. Majority of people may think of a nurse as someone who works in hospitals. Well that is true, but not entirely. There are several different areas of nursing that someone could go into to. Nurses could work in hospitals, as well as in nursing homes.  Only a few positions will discuss and many others can be seen in the cited text.

            One of the fields is an ambulatory care nurse or health center nurse. “These nurses work as a multidisciplinary health care team to provide primary care to a specific population. Depending on the role the nurse plays within the health center, the work activities will differ. A triage nurse may primarily work in a walk-in area or on the telephone assessing the patients and making determinations on the priority with which they must be seen or referred. Working with a multidisciplinary team entails gathering a medical history and information about the chief complaint and checking vital signs. Once the practitioner has seen the patient, the nurse will perform follow-up treatment such as drawing labs and teaching the patient regarding the condition and discharge instructions.” (Jeanne M. and Novotny, Doris T. Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Lippman, pg 10)

            Another field of nursing is working with children and adolescents with psychiatric problems. This is calling a child psychiatric nurse. “They focus on Focuses on the entire continuum between health and illness. The nurse’s role is aimed at promotion and prevention, early intervention and treatment of children with severe mental illness. The child psychiatric nurse practices in a variety of settings such as clinics, schools, community agencies, psychiatric hospitals, day treatment facilities, and public health departments. Generalist activities of a child psychiatric nurse include: teaching parents with emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded children or adolescents; participation as a member of a health care delivery team and participation in research activities related to the field of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing. Advanced practice activities include: consultant to other professional and nonprofessional groups; independent practice psychotherapy; educating other professionals, administrators, and researchers.” (Jeanne M. and Novotny, Doris T. Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Lippman, pg 30)

            Overall the authors of the “101 Careers in Nursing” have many other professions that nurses can go into. It is a broad field to be a part of but it is in high demand. Nurses are just as important as doctors. They all work as team to create a balanced and well productive work place.

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101 Careers in Nursing

Jeanne M. Novotny, PhD, RN, FAAN; Doris T. Lippman, EdD,APRN, CS; Nicole K. Sanders, BSN, RN;Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

New York, NY, USA: Springer Publishing Company, 2006. p iii.

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Novotny, Jeanne M.; Lippman, Doris; Sanders, Nicole. 101 Careers in Nursing.

New York, NY, USA: Springer Publishing Company, 2006. p iii.

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Copyright © 2006. Springer Publishing Company. All rights reserved.