Nursing career prospects that go beyond the hospital

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Nursing has changed tremendously over the past few years and today, nurses are not limited to working at a hospital unlike their earlier counterparts. With the huge increase in the number of healthcare specialty options available as well as the need to go beyond simply nursing and getting involved with management, research and administration, those who have chosen to get into nursing now have numerous opportunities available to them. If you are exploring ways that you can be a nurse but not work in a hospital, here are some options that you can consider:

Career As A Case Manager

The need for care organisations is starting to rise at a tremendous rate. This has led to an increase in the demand for case managers. These managers need to co-ordinate with other nurses, doctors, patients and staff. With more and more people wanting treatment at their own homes, these facilities are beginning to thrive. Hospitals discharge their patients quickly and it is up to these organisations to provide professional care to these people. A number of patients are also getting very conscious about the qualifications of the case manager and they insist on nurses who are certified in this field and those who have a lot of prior experience.

Quality Improvement and Risk Management

Both these job profiles are very closely related to each other. While quality improvement nurses usually work within a medical facility such as a hospital or a care facility  in order to try and improve the current quality standards, risk management nurses often also work together with other companies like insurance agencies and auditors. Quality management aims at studying and analysing every sector of a facility and trying to find ways to improve the quality of that sector. It makes use of patient data, feedback and all the possible data available in the institute. Risk management is similar to this but it aims at finding the root cause of any mistake that may have taken place and getting rid of the problem.

For both these job profiles, the nurse is usually expected to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and often a master’s degree or an advanced clinical specialization in some field of Nursing. A risk management certification is recommended for those who want to get into this field.

Patient Educators

Getting a job as a nurse educator is good for those who like interacting with patients and are good with simplifying medical jargon and explaining thing to patients in the easiest and most precise way. The educators are in charge of the outpatient areas where they brief the patients on how they must take care of their bodies after a major surgery and all the necessary information related to health risks, lifestyle changes etc.

These educators also often act as trainers and teachers to new nurses. They orient them with the facility and take charge of training them. Many educators also act as guidance counsellors or mentors for the other nurses. These teachers should love teaching and know how to be patient and communicate well. They require a bachelor’s degree in nursing along with clinical training in a certain specialty.

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