Health care facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, private physician offices and more are calling on their BSN-prepared nursing staff to fill leadership gaps and offer a more advanced form of patient care and services. BSN-prepared nurses qualify for advanced roles in health care, including some of the careers below.
- Primary care nurse managers provide general care and leadership in a broad range of health care facilities acting as the patient’s first point of contact when seeking medical treatment. A primary care nurse manager can prescribe, provide, delegate, evaluate and coordinate comprehensive professional nursing care for patients with or without a physician’s assistance.
- Geriatric nurses specialize in gerontology and provide patient care and treatment services to elderly patients. Geriatric nurses assess patients’ ability to care for themselves, assist with all or some elements of a patient’s daily routine, diagnosis and manage illnesses affecting the elderly and promote good health. Building strong relationships with both the patient and their family is important to effectively deliver care and treatment. Geriatric nurses often work in long-term care units and nursing homes that have high rates of elderly admittance.
- Home health care nurses are in high demand to fill the aging population’s increasing need for extended health care services and treatment. More and more elderly patients are choosing to be treated at home, creating a growing sector for home health care nurses. Home health care nurses allow patients to maintain their independence while receiving quality health care. In some cases, home health care nurses will live-in with terminally ill patients who require around the clock care and observation.
- Medical surgical nurses provide preoperative, inter-operative and post-operative care to patients undergoing surgery. They are responsible for a patient’s physical and mental health during their surgical hospital stay and help educate patients on surgical procedures, managing pain and organizing a patient’s discharge. Medical surgical nurses work in health care settings that perform surgery.
- Radiology nurses work closely with patients undergoing diagnostic radiation procedures such as ultrasounds, MRIs and radiation therapy. Radiology nurses will assist radiologists during therapy and serve as an advocate for the patient during their treatment.
- School nurses provide health care services to adolescents in a school setting. Many school nurses will develop a school’s health care plan, train teachers and staff in first aid, provide counseling services to students with mental health issues, perform testing services for hearing and eyesight and monitor a child’s development.
- Nurse practitioners have advanced education, including a master’s degree and are proficient in diagnosing and managing common medical conditions. Nurse practitioners can work in a variety of medical settings without the supervision of a physician and can even open their own specialized practice.
- Trauma nurses work in emergency departments and provide care to patients in need of immediate treatment due to serious and life-threatening injuries. Trauma nurses must be prepared to act fast and handle complex medical cases. Most trauma nurses work in emergency departments associated with a hospital or other health care facility.
The median salary for a registered nurse is nearly $65,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the salary for nursing professionals is dependent upon your education level and health care setting. Nurses in private physician offices are estimated to make nearly $73,000 annually, while nurses in a nursing care facility are projected to make nearly $61,000 annually.
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