Nursing Books

In the US, most people have met a nurse at some point or another. Many of us meet them immediately upon entering the world in the delivery ward of a hospital. Others feel their helping hand when they’re sick or healing from surgery. And still others benefit from the presence and care of nurses softening their final days in life. Read here about the world of difference nurses make, and how they do it.

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A Sprinkle of Passion and Empathy

Nursing holds a special place within the field of medicine. Unlike doctors, nurses focus more on people and how to best treat them individually. This isn’t to say that doctors don’t care about their individual patients; just that they tend to focus on the disease the patient has and how to treat it. Nurses also treat the disease, but incorporate a great deal of patient care outside of medicine. This often means improving general quality of life through collaborative work with family, therapists, and others. This category of books in Direct Knowledge walks you through the unique traits of nurses and how to join their ranks.

A Dash of Hard Work

A career in nursing means a lot of education, even after the original degree. Nurses need to have a license in their state, and then, depending on the state and its regulations, do ongoing education courses to keep the license. This education at all stages can be tough, but you can find material here to help prepare you at all levels. Just be sure you know what your state requires and that you follow its rules.

Within nursing as a whole is a wide range of specialties. They need varying degrees of qualifications that range from 1-year certificates to PhD’s. The necessary education level just depends on the role you intend to do, but most still start with a science degree. Degrees are then followed by one to four years of training depending on the level of entry. As far as job security goes, there is a pretty steady demand for the role and competitive salaries.

Getting Down to the Basics

In school, the topics of greatest importance will at first be sciences such as biology and chemistry. You’ll start experiencing more nurse-specific education after a couple years. At this point you should choose from one of the hundred or so nursing specialties, such as burn care, geriatrics, hospice, or radiology. Some specialties need special education, so it’s best to know which you want to do as soon as possible.

On the job, nurses perform many tasks. These tasks range from performing physical exams, getting health histories, and providing medical care to working with other members of the medical team, doing research, and supervising staff. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN’s) also have duties that extend beyond these. For example, a nurse practitioner can specialize in acute care, child health, or women’s health, to name a few. A certified nurse-midwife provides obstetric care. There are a few different advanced practices to choose from, so read up to see where you fit in the nursing sphere.

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