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Nursing and Health

Definition

Professional nursing is the process of establishing caring relationships with individuals, families, and communities for the purpose of promoting, maintaining, and restoring holistic health or, in those instances where health cannot be restored, of supporting an individual and his/her family during the dying process.

Job Titles to Consider

 

Administrator of Nursing Services
Case Manager
Clinic Nurse
Community Health
Critical Care
Environmental Nurse
Forensic Nurse
Geriatric Nurse
Health Educator
Home Health Nurse
Hospice Nurse
Infection Control Nurse
Intensive Care Nurse
Maternal / Newborn Nurse
Medical-Surgical Nurse
Mental Health 
Nurse Practitioner
   (Pediatric, Adult, Family)
Nurse-Midwife
Nurse-Anethesist
Nursing Home Nurse
Occupational Health Nurse
Parish Nurse
Pediatric Nurse
Psychiatric Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Rehabilitation
Risk Management Coordinator
School Nurse
Surgical Nurse
Trauma Nurse


Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You're Hired”?  

Communication Skills
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.
 

Professional Organizations

American Nurses Association
www.nursingworld.org

International Council of Nurses
www.icn.ch/contact.htm

Sigma Theta Tau International
www.nursingsociety.org

Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing
www.sreb.org/programs/Nursing/nursingindex.asp

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
www.aacn.nche.edu

Iowa Nurses’ Association
www.iowanurses.org

Additional Sources of Information

National Student Nurses Association
www.nsna.org

National Council of State Boards of Nursing
www.ncsbn.org

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services/ HRSA Bureau of Health Professions
www.bhpr.hrsa.gov

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