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Is the Nursing Profession Right for You?

Nurses Speak Out on Qualities One Should Have To Enter The Nursing Profession

The individual who chooses to become a nurse enters a profession with substantial responsibility that sometimes involves dealing with people who are experiencing the most vulnerable and significant moments in their life. Nurses juggle physical pressures, emotional situations, and at times, mentally taxing experiences. In order to effectively care for and treat patients, nurses must rely on their inherent qualities, as well as the ones they acquire along the way, to become what many consider the ‘ideal’ nurse.

Qualities that every nurse should ideally possess include:

 COMPASSION

“All nurses need to be compassionate, observant, and flexible,” says Patricia Bollinger-Blanc, Director of Clinical Operations at the Natick, Massachusetts-based Natick Visiting Nurse Association.

Because of the importance of showing kindness, empathy, and concern in the nursing field, some health care facilities have implemented standards to ensure patients receive compassionate care.

“One of the primary reasons why I came to work at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is that our approach is based on the Mother Standard of Care®,” says Dee Emon, Chief Nurse Executive and Quality Officer, “where every patient is treated as you’d want your own mother cared for.”

Emon says that this approach supports her view of the role nurses should play in healthcare, and that such a standard creates an environment where nurses have the ability to provide compassionate, personalized care for patients and their families.

DEDICATION to the PROFESSION

DaLinda Love, Corporate Director of Clinical Services at United Methodist Homes of NJ, says that a dedication to the profession is a top quality that nurses should possess.

“Not everyone can be a good nurse or a nurse,” says Love. “You have to have the inner yearning [...]

IAFN: Supporting the Growth of Future Forensic Nurses

History and context

Considering how old the profession of nursing is, forensic nursing is still in its relative infancy. It wasn’t until around 1986 that Virginia Lynch, who is widely accepted as the godmother of forensic nursing, designed the first forensic nursing model. In the mid-1970’s, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs first began educating nurses to do examinations in place of physicians in sexual assault cases, but it wasn’t until the early 1990’s when nurses from 31 SANE programs across the country got together to help change how health care cared for victims by using forensic skills and principals.

In the summer of 1992, at a meeting hosted by the Sexual Assault Resource Service and the University Of Minnesota School Of Nursing in Minneapolis, 72 nurses, primarily sexual assault nurse examiners, met to form what is now known as the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the association has been meeting every year since. The association was officially incorporated in the state of Georgia on November 22, 1993 and forensic nursing was officially recognized as a nursing specialty by the American Nurses Association in 1995.

The organization has now swelled to more than 3,000 members from more than 20 countries including Israel, Kenya, Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada and it is now committed to raising awareness – amongst other things — about forensic nursing around the globe.

What Is Forensic Nursing?

The IAFN defines forensic nursing as the practice of nursing globally when health and legal systems intersect. If that sounds broad that’s because it is. Forensic nurses have special training and skills that help them treat trauma associated with sexual violence, interpersonal violence, neglect, or any number of other forms of intentional and unintentional injury. They are [...]

Becoming a Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse

Heart problems, or cardiac problems, have been the leading cause of death throughout the world for decades. The American Heart Association (AHA) has even estimated that approximately a third of all deaths in 2007 in the United States alone were caused by cardiovascular disease.
There’s no doubt that diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system are both dangerous and deadly. Unfortunately, many patients may not comprehend the seriousness of their conditions until it’s too late. Proper medical care and lifestyle changes after a cardiac incident, however, can help lower the risk of additional problems in the future. Cardiac rehabilitation nurses play an integral role in caring for and assisting patients who are recovering from and managing their cardiovascular problems.

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Becoming a Long-term Care Nurse

Many illnesses and injuries require just short-term treatment. However, patients suffering from more serious illnesses or injuries may require care for an extended period of time. Medical care for these types of medical problems may be required for months or years. In some cases, patients may need to be cared for for the rest of their lives. Extended care is often provided by long-term care nurses.
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Becoming a Genetic Nurse

Our genetic makeup is a strong determining factor in how our bodies and minds are formed. It is responsible for the color of our hair, eyes, and skin for instance. To some degree, it may also responsible for our intelligence level and our personality. Studies have also shown that many of today’s diseases may be caused by genetics as well. These are often referred to as genetic diseases or hereditary diseases.
Today, genetics has become a wildly popular field, and the number of positions in this field has grown at an exponential rate and continues to grow. As a genetics nurse, you will be able to be part of an exclusive team of medical professionals working to treat and prevent genetic diseases and abnormalities.

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Becoming an AIDS Care Nurse

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is a disease attacks the cells in the body’s immune system, rendering them useless for fighting off infections and illnesses. Currently, it is one of the most deadly and frightening medical conditions on the planet.
According to recent studies, over 30 million people are infected with HIV today, and although there have been major breakthroughs in research, there is still no cure in sight. However, this does not mean that AIDS victims are doomed to a life of uncomfortable misery. With the drugs and other treatments available today, it’s not uncommon for AIDS patients to live for several years before symptoms of the disease begin to become noticeable.
AIDS care nurses are some of the most prominent caregivers in the lives of many AIDS patients. These dedicated nursing professionals typically administer medications, educate patients and communities, act as patient advocates, or even just offer a shoulder to cry on when times get tough.

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