Nurses always seem to get lumped into one category, even though there are dozens of specialties and certifications which differentiate many of them. Registered nurses have graduated from nursing programs, obtained nursing licenses and must meet minimum practice hours and continue their education to maintain their registration. They perform duties many nurses do, but also may supervise lower level nurses.
A licensed practical nurse (LPN) usually undergoes about two years of training and must pass an exam. They perform basic duties like measuring and recording vital signs, giving injections, laboratory tests, and may help deliver infants. LPNs tend to be generalists and are able to work in many capacities like private offices, hospitals, or clinics. There are opportunities for LPNs to advance to the level of registered nurse.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a step above an RN in that they have completed advanced coursework. They are qualified to diagnose and order treatments of medical issues, as well as manage the progress. Because of their advanced qualifications, NPs can provide primary healthcare to patients. A few of the classifications include: adult, acute care, gerontological, family, pediatric, neonatal.
A clinical nurse leader is a fairly recent nursing role introduced to help prepare highly skilled nurses to improve the quality of outcomes for patients. This new role is in response to the average of 44,000 to 98,000 estimated deaths of Americans due to medical errors. A CNL is a registered nurse with a masters in the field. They have completed coursework in finance management, pharmacology, leadership, and more. The first CNL exam was held in 2007 and since then thousands of CNLs have been certified.
A nurse midwife is an advanced practice registered nurse specializing in midwifery. They have become primary health care providers for women and help assist in births. They work closely with gynecologists and obstetricians. Some nurse midwives will even attend home births. To ceom a nurse midwife one must hold a master’s or doctorate degree in nursing as well as pass the NCLEX to become a registered nurse, then pass the American Midwifery Certification exam.
Of course this is just a small snippet of the different nursing careers available. There are nurses specialized in almost every facet of healthcare. At Just Like Family Home Care, we work with placing nurses and caregivers in homes of the elderly or those requiring special assistance. If you are interested in becoming a caregiver follow this link to apply! http://justlikefamilyhomecare.com/become-a-caregiver.html