Nursing jobs hiring now
Specialized nurses make up a big part of health care's growth. Here are five specializations hiring now.
Nurses are an essential part of life. They were in the delivery room when you were born, stopped your bloody nose in elementary school, took care of you in the ER after you tried parkour for the first time (we all knew that was a bad idea!), and even entertained you every week—we’ll never forget you, Carol Hathaway and Carla Espinosa. And with an increase in preventive health care and people living longer, there’s a big need for even more nurses. In fact, nursing jobs are in such high-demand right now they’re expected to grow 15% over the next 10 years.
As a registered nurse, you’d be responsible for providing medical care and treatment to patients in a hospital, school, clinic, or health center. In many instances, you’d be the first person a patient sees before meeting with a doctor, and you’d collect important medical history, monitor their current condition, and provide emotional support to them and their families.
Before you can be qualified for registered nursing jobs, you’ll have to get some training to include on your resume. You could get a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. However, registered nurses must also be licensed.
Some nursing jobs are specialized in emergency room work, or treatment for a particular condition, or even specialize in working with specific patients such as infants or the elderly. Monster gathered a list of five registered nurse specialties that are hiring now. Check out the list to see if one of these is the right fit for you.
As an emergency room (ER) nurse, you’d often be the first line of defense for accidents and other urgent medical emergencies. You’ll work directly with other nurses, doctors, and technicians in treating patients in a fast-paced setting. The ER can be a stressful place to work, so a good ER nurse will be calm under pressure and comfortable quickly assessing the needs of patients and performing minor medical procedures.
Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) registered nurses specialize in the treatment and care of newborns in intensive care units. In addition to caring for your tiny patients, as an NICU RN, you’d also offer their parents emotional support and provide information on how to care for an infant when they return home. NICU RNs work as a member of a round-the-clock team with other nurse practitioners and physicians.
Oncology nurses care for critically or chronically ill cancer patients. You’d not only monitor your patients’ progress through chemotherapy and other methods of treatment, you’d also educate patients about their disease and available cancer-treatment options. Additionally, oncology nurses create a supportive environment, often for patients who have been diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. This particular specialization requires strong emotional stability to help patients and their families get through difficult situations.
Operating room (OR) RN
The role of the OR nurse is to provide care for patients before, during, and after surgery. As an OR RN, you’d work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, and surgical technicians both inside and outside of the operating room. There are different levels of OR nurse: circulating OR nurses work within the operating suite but outside of the sterile field; whereas scrub OR nurses handle and prepare operating instruments and equipment within the sterile field.
Progressive care (PCU) RN
Progressive care registered nurses care for patients who require frequent and close monitoring and assessment, but who don’t necessarily need to be in an intensive care unit (ICU). As a PCU nurse, you’d monitor your patients’ vital signs to detect any changes and determine if emergency care is necessary. You’d also work closely with doctors to track your patients’ medications—many PCU patients receive complex medications that may require constant attention. The PCU nurse is sometimes called a step-down nurse, cardiac stepdown, medical stepdown, neuro stepdown, surgical stepdown or ER holding.
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