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Nursing Career Paths & Options

"Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people. Advocacy, promotion of a safe environment, research, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, and education are also key nursing roles." (The International Council of Nursing)

These articles explore various nursing practice areas and are intended to be helpful to practicing nurses who are considering a change of clinical direction, or for nurses in mid-career looking for somewhere new to apply the clinical skills and experience of nursing. Come along and explore the ever expanding, always changing range of career possibilities within clinical nursing practice!

 

Become An LPN - Fast Track into a Nursing Career
What's a person to do if they want to start a career in nursing but can't get into an RN program for years to come, or if they can't afford to spend three to four years in college before being able to start earning a living? Find out why becoming an LPN first might be smarter than going directly into an RN program anyway... "

Nursing Educators Needed Stat!
Despite a critical shortage of nurses thousands of applicants to nursing schools are being turned away each year because of lack of nurse educators! This article profiles the career path of Nurse Educator and shows working RNs how to enter the field without giving up their income along the way...

Nurse Practitioner Career Profile
Nurse Practitioners enjoy unprecedented autonomy, authority, income, and job satisfaction. Learn how to become a nurse practitioner online!

Community Health Nursing: Shaping World Health Delivery
Global Health concerns us all. This article describes the rise of Community Health Nursing from its humble beginnings to today's role in forefront of shaping worldwide health policy and administration.....

What is Legal Nurse Consulting?
A Legal Nurse Consultant is Like Erin Brockovich on Steroids. Discover what Legal Nurse Consulting is all about, what they do, what they earn, and learn how to become one.....

Forensic Nursing- The New Breed of Nurses
Interested in a relatively new specialty that's fast-paced and exciting, with real issues at stake? Consider the challenging field of forensic nursing!

Anatomy of a Flight Nurse
"It looks exciting. The jet-powered helicopter screams across the sky, heading towards the Medical Center with a critically-ill patient on board.... "

Legal Nurse Consultant's Analysis Spurs Record Settlement
How do attorneys make sense of complicated medical records describing devastating injuries? They turn to Legal Nurse Consultants of course! Learn how you can turn your nursing experience into this exciting high paying career!

The Future Of Nursing: Nursing Home Jobs
According to the Occupational Outlook guide, the nursing profession is among the fastest growing of all career paths. Within nursing, the single specialty expected to grow by leaps and bounds is gerontology...

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