10 Kinds of Nursing Jobs

Nursing is one of the most important medical jobs in the hospital. They have to be organized and clear headed. In emergencies situation, they should remain calm and provide care as required. Besides, they have to show their emotion but not to be squeamish. They have to show their compassion towards their patients. Furthermore, sick people may be highly vulnerable, that’s why nurses have to play with their emotion very well. If you are interested to become a nurse, you better know what types of nurses that is available. Then, find one that may suit you best.

Registered nurses
Registered nurses are the most common nurses. They exist in all provinces. An RN should take four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing.

A Nurse Practitioner (NP)
You should hold a master’s degree or advanced diploma in nursing, if you want to be a nurse practitioner (NP).

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs)
LPNs and RPNs should have at least two years practical nursing diplomas from accredited colleges. After that, they have to complete the national licensing exam before beginning a career in healthcare.

Educator Nurse
This kind of nurse usually work in hospitals, post-secondary schools and travelling around to small communities, and educator nurse teaches new techniques and process in healthcare to others.

Geriatric and Retirement Nurse
The older need more medical treatment and fortunately this is part of geriatric nurses to deal with medical and emotional challenges of our elders.

Intensive Care Nurse
This type of nurse will have to deal with seriously ill or injured patient. That’s why they can literally be life savers. Moreover, they also have to work up all night and weekend shift work would also be required.

Mental Health, Psychiatric and Addictions Nurse
Usually mental health nurse should be dealing with patient who have drinking, gambling or drug addiction. They also have to provide support in clinics, hospitals and schools throughout the country.

Oncology Nurse
Oncology nurse treat patient who are diagnosed with cancer. They will look after your health while managing the condition.

Palliative Care Nurse
A palliative care nurse is a nurse that gives healthcare in patient final stages of living. Their main job is to ensure patients experience less suffering and maintaining quality of life, before their patient passes away.

So, which one are you? Have you decided yet? Hopefully the brief explanation above can give you a little information about kind of nursing jobs.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Med-Surg Nurse

As one of medical jobs in the world, medical surgical nurse is the most common nurse in hospitals. In fact, many nurses will start their career in medical-surgical nursing before choosing their specialized areas. If you are interested in becoming a med-surge nurse, you have to know the advantages and disadvantages of choosing this type of nurse as your career.

As there are so many different medical diseases and conditions, Med-surg should develop a broad knowledge. By this knowledge, they can carry out excellent patient teaching. In fact, they also should be highly skilled in assessing small changes in a patient’s condition to avoid serious problems from developing.

Suddenly you will be insanely busy as you will be overwhelmed with so many tasks. If you do not pace, patient’s fretfulness and hospital politics can lead to burn out. Therefore, a med-surgical nurse should find a solution to get away from their fuss routine. Playing with kids, spending time with family, pursuing a hobby or get a massage can be a sweet escape from their daily routine. Moreover, a med-surgical nurse should work in shift, so keeping your health on top will be necessary.

Qualities that a Med-Surg Nurse Should Have
As you will face many things, so having a sense of humor will certainly help you to go through the hardships. Besides, having a great confidence is also another important point that any med-surg should have as you have to perform many skills and put your patients at ease. Some signs that shows when you experience burnout are:

  • Body aches and pains from tension
  • Dreading coming back to work on your days off
  • Being sarcastic and critical
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Nausea, diarrhea and stomach cramps
  • Uncharacteristic negativity
  • An overwhelming sense of anxiety
  • Being short-tempered
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Obsessing over work even on your days off
  • Frequent headaches
  • Body aches and pains from tension

Specialist Paramedic Job Description

Specialist paramedics works in emergency situations with their training and skills to help patients. Usually specialist paramedics acquire extra training to assess and treat patients and administer medication.

Working Life
As stated before, this nursing job will be dealing with emergency situations. Therefore, the first action that they will perform once they arrive at the scene is to check the patient’s condition. The main purpose is to be able to return home from the emergency scene without having to go to the hospital. Moreover, specialist paramedics should also treat people at home. In more detail, specialist paramedics should also be able to perform, as follows:

  • Take out the tests (such as urine tests) and interpret the results
  • Undertake basic procedures in the home
  • Refer patients to social care services
  • Directly admit patients to specialist units
  • Administer medication, such as drugs, orally or by injection, and perform intravenous procedures under a physician’s direction.
  • Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators and bag-valve mask resuscitators in advanced life-support environments.
  • Perform first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital setting.

To reach their patients, a specialist paramedic may work from an ambulance or use a motorbike. Furthermore, they can call for back up from an ambulance or from other emergency services. But, not all specialist paramedics work in ambulance or motorbike. Some specialist paramedics are based in health centers or hospitals.

Training and Development
This job will require you a degree, so you will be encouraged to have one when you don’t have.  Usually, specialist paramedics will attend the College of Paramedics. Moreover, you will also need to take some training courses to keep your knowledge and skills up to date. In the College of Paramedics, you will run some courses, conferences and seminars. In this place, specialist paramedics can exchange ideas and update their skills.



4 Stress Management Tips for Healthcare Workers

Working as a paramedic, especially as an ICU nurse who usually deals with life or death situations will put you at high risk of developing stress. Ongoing stress can manifest itself in a host of physical and psychological symptoms, including headaches, sleep disturbances, poor concentration and depression. These symptoms will surely affect your work. If you don’t want any health symptoms influence your medical careers, you better learn how to manage your stress. Below are some ways to manage your stress.

Talk It Out
In hospital, there are some services that can help alleviate stress, such as on-site massage service and discounted gym memberships. If you endure great stress at work, don’t hesitate to talk it about the stress and provide and seek any emotional support. Only by being honest about your situation, people or your team can help you.

Fight Compassion Fatigue
This kind of fatigue comes from caring too much. Usually, this kind of fatigue will be experienced by healthcare professionals who listen to stories of fear, pain and suffering of their patients. At one time, they will find themselves empathetically experiencing similar emotions. So, as solutions, you can increase your social support, banishing feelings of self-blame and guilt, and participating in community or charitable events.

Get to the Root of the Issue
Knowing what makes you stress can be one of the greatest solutions for you. You may be stressful because of meeting deadlines and quotas in retail which actually you hate. So, in this case, if you work in a job that is a mismatch with your personality and preferences, switching to another role and/or organization will likely be a much better stress reduction technique than any other.

Simple Stress Busters
You can make simple de-stressing techniques part of your day, if your stress results from the daily grind and changing jobs isn’t ab option. Besides, you can try to exercise as it will force deep breathing. In fact, deep, cleansing breaths combined with shoulder shrugs and head rolls help muscles to relax. Even squeezing balls can help to relieve muscle tension throughout the day. Furthermore, you can try to smile or laugh as studies show that smile or laughter is natural stress mitigates.

Discover the 6 Shift Work Disorder Symptoms

Paramedic who works for an air ambulance is terribly hectic. They could run the risk of fatigue, besides they are also at risk of developing a shift work disorder. The disorder will make you unable to perform your medical jobs efficiently. If you work as a paramedic, it is important to know whether you have been exposed to this disorder or not. Below is detail information about shift work disorder.

Shift Work Disorder Could Pose Threats to Medical flight Workers
Since you work diligently day and night, your healthy may not become your first concern anymore. So, you may not realize whether you have developed the early stage of shift work disorder or not. To check it, you can read the following symptoms:

  1. Lack of concentration
  2. Lack of energy
  3. Being sleepy excessively at times when you need to stay awake
  4. Being unable to fall asleep when you need to or waking up before getting sufficient sleep
  5. Irritability and depressive moods
  6. Constantly getting insufficient sleep or being unable to get restful sleep

If you experience some or all of the above symptoms, you may need to seek treatment immediately. Due to all these issues, you may even face problems maintaining healthy personal relationships – whether it’s with your partner, colleagues, or family members.

Causes of Shift Work Disorder
As the name suggest, this disorder appears because of working in shifts. This is why medical flight paramedic will likely have high risk to develop this sickness. Night shifts and rotating shifts as well as early morning shifts can result in shift work disorder. If you are a flight paramedic or regular paramedic, you will likely experience chronic sleep deprivation. This will eventually ruin your health, safety, and productivity. One of the clear reasons why you would develop this disorder is because you keep yourself staying awake when you are tired and should be asleep.