Nurses can work in different fields aside from the hospital. There are many opportunities waiting for you out there, you just have to find the right one that suits you. Did you know that there are over 100 nursing specialties in the United States? They can range from advanced practice, to clinical, to community, to emergency, to family, to management, to psychological, to surgical, up to women’s health.
But here in the Philippines, not all those are applicable as we don’t have all the specialized certifications. In pursuing your career in this rewarding profession, you might want to check on your skills, your interests, and the available opportunities in your area.
Confucius once said “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life,” that somewhat goes the same with nursing. The good thing about this generation is that you have more choices on where to work as compared to before. If you love the adrenaline rush from traumas and code blues then you’d probably enjoy working in the emergency unit. On the other hand, if you like explaining to your classmates the pathophysiology of diseases because it is too easy for you then chances are you’ll love a career in teaching. Whatever floats your boat; there are many types of working opportunities you can choose from out there aside from hospital nursing. Take your pick from these:
- Nurse Educator – being a nurse is not just about helping patients; it can also be about helping mold the minds and skills of future nurses through teaching and becoming clinical instructors. If you want to venture into this field, you need to gain professional experience and take up a master’s degree.
- Nurse-Midwives – if you want to work like these double license holders in the labor and delivery unit, you can file with the list of completed requirements with the number of actual deliveries handled, actual suturing of perineal lacerations, and actual intravenous access insertions.
- Nurse Phlebotomist – you see these nurses commonly in Red Cross units facilitating bloodletting where they work with the medical technologists. These nurses require specialized training for drawing blood and doing venipunctures.
- Renal Nurses – If you want to become a dialysis nurse, this is considered as an advanced practice nursing in the Philippines where nurses undergo dialysis training, gain a certain length of experience and take the certification exam.
- Occupational Nurse – to be able to work in this field of nursing, you have to undergo a 3-day training in Basic Occupational Safety & Health (BOSH). These nurses develop safety programs in the workplace.
- Clinical Analyst – these nurses collaborate with healthcare providers in optimizing member benefits from their insurance providers. They analyze and coordinate the hospitalization needs of their clients.
- Military Nurses – these nurses care for military personnel and veterans either in assigned campsites or in hospital bases. Note that they have a certain height requirement when enlisting and qualifying exams for those who have a board rating of below 80%.
- Nurse Researcher – improving the field of nursing through the aid of evidence-based research, these nurses make discoveries that greatly impact patient care and nursing management.
- Public Health Nurse –assigned in community health centers and rural health units, these nurses focus on information dissemination, disease prevention and preventive treatment.
- Psychiatric Nurse – these nurses are trained in behavioral therapy which permits them to take care and handle patients with mental illnesses and teach their families about their patient’s situations and how to deal with them at certain points.
No matter which specialty or career you choose, the art of nursing will always be there centered on improving client health. Do you know other working opportunities or nursing careers not listed in this article? Share your thoughts.