APRN – Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Jobs

What Does An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Do? Registered nurses (RNs) who have completed advanced clinical and educational requirements can become Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). There are currently approximately 250,000 APRNs in the United States. APRN is an umbrella term for four types of nurses, according to the United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia: Certified nurse practitioners diagnose and treat patients with a variety of health issues and also promote wellness. They specialize in areas like pediatric and adult nursing. Certified nurse midwives have specialized training in caring for women and infants during and after pregnancy. Certified nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia and provide related care before and after surgery. Clinical nurse specialists diagnose and treat conditions within their respective specializations, such as a geriatric population or a clinical area like oncology. What Are The Job Roles For An APRN? Ordering diagnostic tests Determining appropriate types of treatment Providing patient education Managing preventive care through screenings Job Characteristics Work is primarily managerial. Jobs are multifaceted. Work requires a high level of independence. Responsibilities involve considerable patient contact. What Education & Certification Is Needed For An APRN? The path to APRN status begins with becoming an RN. It also requires relevant work experience and certification in a specialty. The American Nurses Association indicates that RN candidates must complete a two- or four-year nursing degree or a hospital nursing program. In order to be eligible for state licensing, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). RNs interested in becoming APRNs should continue their education with a master’s degree in nursing that includes training in their chosen clinical specialty. According to GraduateNursingEDU, two changes have been proposed regarding APRN training and certification. The first is implementation of a national regulatory consensus model to assure common […]
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APHN – Advanced Public Health Nurse Jobs

What Does An Advanced Public Health Nurse Do? An Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) is a registered nurse (RN) who has progressed to advanced practice status in public health nursing. These nurses are sometimes referred to as community health nurses. They have many career options, among them working as clinicians, administrators, or educators. They are often involved in both the prevention and the control of infectious diseases and sometimes in emergency preparedness activities. Public health nurses promote and protect community health by using knowledge from nursing and other disciplines. What Are The Job Roles For An APHN? Discover Nursing describes these job roles as key: Working in public health clinics Educating the community Working with community youth Job Characteristics Job responsibilities require considerable independence. Work involves significant face-to-face patient contact. The job is multifaceted. What Education & Certification Is Needed For An APHN? All APHNs begin as RNs. They have significant nursing experience, have earned status as an advanced practice nurse, and are certified in their area of expertise. Discover Nursing indicates that once an RN has completed a two- or four-year nursing degree or a hospital nursing program, the next step passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to be eligible for state licensing. RNs can choose from among several paths to become an advanced practice nurse who works in public or community health, according to study.com and Masters and Public Health Nursing. The first is completing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a public health concentration. Another is earning a master of public health (MPH) degree with a nursing specialization. The third option is a program that awards a combined MSN-MPH. Many programs offer at least some online coursework. Some nurses opt to […]
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Interview Tips when Dealing with Health Issues

Interviewing for a nursing job can be a complicated process in and of itself because of all the qualifications and necessary credentials needed to enter the field. For aspiring nurses who are dealing with their own health issues or that of a loved one, however, finding the right job can be even more challenging. For starters, it’s difficult to determine how much information you should disclose to your prospective employers about your personal situation. On the one hand, you don’t want to jeopardize your chances at a great position by coming across as a potentially high maintenance employee who might need to take a lot of time off. Then again, being up front will take away the stress of trying to hide your condition, and allow you to find a job that you can physically and mentally handle. While there’s no right or wrong advice since every individual’s situation is unique, here are some points to ponder if you’re not sure if and when you should tell your potential employer about a health issue. Will your health impact your ability to perform the job? Nursing is a physically and mentally demanding profession, even for someone in perfect health. That’s why you shouldn’t knowingly apply for a job that will be too much for you to handle. Trying to hide your illness will most likely lead to future problems on the job. It won’t be fair to your employer, and it’s certainly not good for your own well being. The verdict: If your diagnosis will prevent you from performing your nursing duties in a safe manner, or potentially put patients at risk, then you need to be up front. It could mean you won’t get the job, but that’s better […]
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Nursing as an Introvert

It would be logical to think that extroverts would be the ones to excel in the world of nursing because the profession is all about relationships and communication with patients, families and doctors. However, introverts can fit well into the nursing field and give some of the best care and intuition around. “Being a nurse was just something I wanted to do,” says Mary Tarbox, professor and chair of the department of nursing at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I consider myself an introvert and have seen many successful students of a similar personality do very well.” She made her way through the training and schools by choosing a college rather than a nursing school. It gave her time to prepare for it and time to study. Many of her nursing classes helped her learn to communicate with all those that she would come into contact with as she became a nurse and continued on with her career. “It can be intimidating to go in and talk to a patient. But you are taught to do that and how to respond to them. That is very helpful for introverts,” she says. “Many of the faculty members who are teaching nurses are often introverts themselves. I have seen that in the faculty here, and the ones that I had.” Jennifer Doering, associate professor at University of Milwaukee College of Nursing, admits that she is an introvert, too. “I didn’t choose to be a nurse. From six years old, I wanted to be an emergency room physician. But when I went to college, I had a reality check. I chose nursing and never looked back,” she says. She realizes that silence isn’t valued in our society much. “If you are quiet, […]
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    Why I Couldn’t Sleep After Hearing Comments from “The View” about Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson

Why I Couldn’t Sleep After Hearing Comments from “The View” about Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson

by Rachel, Seattle area RN As I was perusing Facebook one night last week, almost ready for bed as I had to work at 7am, I came across an article that caught my eye. I almost didn’t click on it – I thought to myself, “You’ll spend another five minutes reading this article, and then miss out on five minutes more of sleep, which probably isn’t worth it.” I’m already not a morning person, so I try and get all the sleep I can before a grueling 12 hour shift that starts at 7 am. But I couldn’t help myself, and so I clicked. What I read kept me awake for the next three hours, unable to fall asleep due to sheer anger and disbelief. The article was from USA Today, and was titled “Advertisers pull ads from ‘The View’ following nurse comments”. Now, I would be shocked if at this point you are a nurse and you haven’t heard of this incident; I learned about it a mere week after it happened, and I felt that I was already very late to the game. But for those of you that haven’t, I will keep it short and simple – Two of the hosts of The View made fun of Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson for her talent performance during the Miss America Pageant. Kelley, in her scrubs with a stethoscope around her neck, wrote and performed a very touching monologue about an Alzheimer’s patient she had taken care of. Not only did Michelle Collins essentially claim that what she did was not a talent, Joy Behar felt the need to chime in by asking why she was wearing a doctor’s stethoscope. As you can imagine, the nursing community erupted; […]
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ANP – Adult Nurse Practitioner Jobs

What Does An Adult Nurse Practitioner Do? All adult nurse practitioners (ANPs) are registered nurses (RNs) who have become advanced practice nurses. While their focus is on seniors, ANPs also care for other patients who are at least 12 years old. These nurses are leaders responsible for educating, organizing, and managing a team to appropriately handle routine tasks as well as emergencies. ANPs frequently interface with families of patients. Some states give nurse practitioners the authority to write prescriptions. What Are The Job Roles For An ANP? Johnson & Johnson cites these functions as key: Performing routine screenings and check-ups Ordering lab tests Diagnosing diseases and other illnesses Determining appropriate types of treatment Job Characteristics Work is highly structured. Responsibilities are multifaceted. Jobs tends to be patient-facing. Job demands require independence. What Education & Certification Is Needed For An ANP? Following this career path requires becoming an RN, on-the-job experience, achieving advanced practice status, and becoming certified. AllNursingSchools indicates that RN candidates must complete either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Another option is completion of a hospital nursing program. After graduation, candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to qualify for licensing in their state of choice. Licensed RNs can advance to adult nurse practitioners after completing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) that includes a specialization in adult or gerontological nursing. An MSN typically requires hundreds of hours of clinical experience in addition to coursework. ANPs might also elect to earn doctorates. Some colleges and […]
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AGACNP – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Jobs

What Does An Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners Do? Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNPs) are healthcare professionals with a specialization in acute care. These critical-care experts have also chosen a geriatric subspecialty. They handle complex patient circumstances, including assessing an immediate health situation, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing a treatment plan to stabilize a patient or maximize overall senior health. In some states, they are authorized to write prescriptions. What Are The Job Roles For An AGACNP? Discover Nursing lists these primary acute care roles: Operating life support systems Serving as a patient advocate Providing necessary intensive therapy and intervention Performing assessments of potentially critical conditions With gerontological patients, other important responsibilities include managing pain and assessing the need for preventive care. Job Characteristics Shifts are fast-paced Work is multifaceted Responsibilities are structured Jobs include considerable patient contact Work requires a high degree of independence What Education & Certification Is Needed For An AGACNP? An AGACNP career begins with achieving registered nurse (RN) status. This requires completing a hospital nursing program or nursing training that awards a two-year or a four-year degree. A graduate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to be eligible for employment as an RN. To become an AGACNP, a nurse must become an advanced practice nurse. This initially requires a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), then a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to become a nurse practitioner. Some AGACNPs complete doctorates. Nurses with the appropriate work experience can take certification exams offered by two nursing organizations.
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Tips for Staying Healthy as a Nurse

When you are working with ill patients and a stress-filled job as a nurse, keeping healthy yourself becomes a priority. Sure, there are precautions such as gloves and masks. But your health incorporates everything including staying physically, nutritionally and mentally healthy to do your best job and to enjoy life. Maintaining that ideal balance between work and life can be tough, but so worth it, says nurses who have been doing it for a while. Here are their suggestions on several topics that can keep you strong, fit and happy in your career and life: Exercise and Sweat – At least a few times a week, Carmela Marasigan takes 20 minute walks in her hilly neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. “I find that sweating is a great stress reliever. They say that when you sweat, you release all your toxins. Plus, at my age, if the walking helps give me some tightness in parts of my body, that’s another benefit. I want to look good, too,” she says. She works as an assistant nurse manager in the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and has been a nurse for nine years. She has been continually going to school the past 12 years, first getting an associates in nursing, then a bachelor’s and recently a master’s. “Because of my hours (working 12 hour shifts at night), it’s been extremely challenging to be physically and nutritionally healthy,” she adds. “But when I do exercise, it always makes me feel better.” Good Sleep – Working weird hours and long shifts can take a toll on anyone. “But you really need to get some sleep in. Lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue and medical errors,” says Karen Urban, […]
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Dealing with Difficult Patients

Just like any profession that involves dealing with the public, nursing can mean working with people that are difficult in a manner of ways. You can run into all reactions including defensiveness, anger, fear, demandingness, hysteria and a whole list of other things And that’s just the patients, not the families that you need to work with and work around. Add in medications or diseases that can cause confusion, drowsiness or agitation, and it’s a whole new ball game of trying to give the best care, professionalism and empathy. But there are useful strategies in handling the unrelenting, frustrated, unpleasant or uncooperative patients. “Sometimes, those working in the health care industry get desensitized. You do things over and over again. But you need to really look at how you are interacting with those around you,” said Kathleen Bonvicini, executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Communication in New Haven, Conn. The organization offers the workshop “Difficult Clinician-Patient Relationships” to help all types of health care professionals a chance to understand how to improve these sticky relationships. “We all have our internal biases. We all have those moments that the hair on the back of our neck goes up because of certain patients,” she says. “Or we might have come to work after having a fight with our spouse, or we haven’t had our morning coffee before we have to see a patient. It can be anything, and that leaks out sometimes in our body language.” For whatever is going on and whatever type of patient you are dealing with, there is a way to handle the situation. Here are what the experts say to do with certain patients and situations: Is it Them or You? — Figure out if it […]
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Can Nurses Replace Doctors?

Patients are increasingly turning to nurse practitioners instead of physicians for a number of reasons. For one thing, they may be more accessible since physicians’ offices are sometimes overcrowded and an appointment is hard to come by. It can also help lower the cost of medical treatments since nurses don’t bill out as high as doctors do. Mostly it’s because people are coming to realize that nurse practitioners are extremely capable and knowledgeable health professionals that can offer a high level of excellent care. In fact, because of their background in nursing, some even say that nurse practitioners have a unique ability to make stronger connections with their patients. As more nurse practitioners open their own practices or become more commonplace in medical facilities, the big question that’s been on the mind of those in the medical community is if nurses can actually replace doctors. There is no simple answer, but there’s no doubt that nurse practitioners are certainly making an impact in the healthcare world. Take a look at how nurse practitioners compare with doctors, and why in some cases, their services might be interchangeable. What can nurse practitioners do NPs have to go well beyond the education and training of a regular RN in order to practice at that advanced level. For starters, you must complete a master’s or doctoral degree program, and then complete advanced practice nursing licensure, which usually includes on-the-job experience and passing exams. From there, you could even go on to obtain an NP specialization such as in pediatrics, gerontology, or diabetic care. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) sums it up this way: “As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis […]
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