8 Career Alternatives for Nurses: Part 2

8 Career Alternatives for Nurses: Part 2

8 Career Alternatives for Nurses: Part 2

Our previous post tackled the eight career alternatives for nurses that you can choose to work in if you are looking for a career change. In this second part, we have added other nursing career options that you might enjoy doing in this second part. 

What are Your Choices?

If you want to boost your career as a nurse, trying these alternatives may work out for you. Here are eight choices to choose from:

Academic Nurse Writer

Have you heard about this position? An academic nurse writer is a job where nurses work outside of patient care. Nurse writers often enjoy a lucrative career in healthcare-related companies like pharmaceutical, insurance, and other patient care services. 

What they do is they create nursing-related content for websites, like training manuals or textbooks which tailors the information to the general public od other nursing professionals. 

It is an excellent opportunity for nurses who have a good background in research, writing, communication, and health services. And the best part of this is that all you need is a BSN to qualify. The average income for an academic nurse writer is $73,500 each year. 

Nurse Health Coach

Do you have an interest in working with one client or patient at a time? How about helping people achieve their health goals? If yes, becoming a nurse health coach is one of the career alternatives for nurses to pursue. 

A nurse health coach is a nurse who works one-on-one with clients to help them keep a healthy lifestyle and prevent health conditions from happening. They usually work in health care facilities, insurance companies, and social services [1]. 

Nurses in this job often create a diet plan, monitor clients, and establish safe exercise routines. It is also part of their work to help motivate clients to be in their best health. 

To qualify for the position, you should have a BSN. However, some employers don’t mind. Nurses with an associate degree can also be eligible for this position. If you want to earn more, it would be best to have a BSN degree instead. The average income for this position is $49,000 per year.

Public Health Nurse

Another exciting career alternative for nurses is to work as a public health nurse. This job addresses community health care, and nurses who choose to work in this area have the opportunity to be in social service agencies. They can also work in schools and nonprofit groups. 

The main job of nurses in this profession is to identify at-risk groups and individuals and develop preventive care programs. These programs have also been proven helpful, especially now that we are experiencing the stress of this pandemic

For a nurse to qualify for this job, one must have a Master of Science in Nursing degree in addition to their RN license. Both degrees are needed to earn more in this nursing field. The average income for public health nurses is $59,500 per year. 

Hospice Nurse

If you are interested in taking care of patients with Alzheimer’s, terminally ill patients and providing assistance to their families, being a hospice nurse is the ideal job for you. As a hospice nurse, your job is to administer pain medication, provide nursing care, and monitor the patient’s vital signs. 

If your patient is at the end-stage of life, maintaining comfort is also an essential part of your job. The hospice nurse also must provide emotional and educational support to the patient’s family. 

A BSN degree is needed for a nurse to qualify for this job. Additional hospice care and palliative nurse certifications are also helpful for nurses seeking employment. The average salary for a hospice nurse is $70,000 each year or more, depending on the certificate and training. 

Dialysis Nurse

One of the most in-demand jobs for nurses belongs to this area. Usually, dialysis nurses work for nursing facilities, hospitals, clinics, or private dialysis nurses. They care for patients who have kidney-related illnesses, where they develop treatment plans and conduct dialysis procedures for the patients. 

It would be best if you had at least a BSN and RN to qualify for the job. Other employers may also require candidates to be certified nephrology nurses or have nurse dialysis credentials to further allow for the position. An average salary for dialysis nurses is $71,100 per year. 

Legal Nurse Consultant

A legal nurse consultant is a nurse who specializes in researching medical and disability cases, employment records, and other legal documents. They also make recommendations that give legal proceedings. insurance cases and law enforcement investigations the information they need. 

Interested nurses must be licensed RNs who have completed an associate degree in this field. If you have a BSN with clinical and case management experiences, specialized legal certification, and paralegal training, you can also be a legal nurse consultant. 

You might also consider becoming a nurse attorney if you are interested in pursuing a law degree if you already have a BSN. The average income for a legal nurse consultant is $79,000 to $80,000 per year. 

Disease Prevention Nurse

Nurses who want a career in the nursing field but does not require them to be in a hospital setting can work as disease prevention nurse. Their job is to research diseases, how it spreads to patients, the community, and health care workers. 

Once they have the data they need, disease prevention nurses will analyze it and decide how to contain it, prevent it from spreading, and more. Nurses in this area can work in nursing homes, hospitals, and even private practices. 

Before qualifying for the position, applicants must have nursing experience first. They are also required to have at least a BSN under their belt. The average income for disease prevention nurses is $85,000 or more, depending on the degree they hold and nursing experience.  

Flight Nurse

Do you enjoy traveling? Are you a nurse who isn’t bothered by flying? If yes, then being a flight nurse is perfect! As one of the best nursing career jobs, this is a popular alternative for nurses who do not want to work in hospitals [2].
 
One of your primary duties as a flight nurse is to handle stressful situations while on the flight. It could be an emergency situation too, for example, a passenger on board had a heart attack. It is your role to provide emergency aid.
 
Flight nurses can also work on rescue planes where they help provide emergency care. It usually involves patients transported to hospitals via airlift.
 
Usually, flight nurses work in trauma centers, hospitals, fire departments, and many others. According to reports, this job will grow by 15% by 2026. Depending on their employers, flight nurses can earn $67,000 to $80,000 per year.

What is the Best Nursing Career Option?

All nursing fields offer unique experiences and may help increase your skills. The best ones are the ones you enjoy working as a nurse. Whether you choose to be a legal nurse consultant or a dialysis nurse, loving the job and providing the best nursing care to your patients matter most! 

To know more about nursing career options, click here for the first part.

 

EP 182: Finding Your Voice as a Nurse With Andrea Dalzell

EP 182: Finding Your Voice as a Nurse With Andrea Dalzell

Finding Your Voice as a Nurse With Andrea Dalzell

Finding your voice as a nurse is challenging for some of us. And sometimes, whenever we try to speak up, something gets in our way. Sometimes, we listen more to others than ourselves. We fail to listen to our voice and we forget that we even have one. We are caught up with so much noise and what people tell us to do.

But it is time we start listening to our own. We must find our own voice and speak up about what we want. How can we do that? Is there a process? What happens when we find our voice?

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Andrea Dalzell, also known as @theseatednurse. She studied biology and neuroscience while earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Andrea was diagnosed with transverse myelitis at the age of 5 and began using a wheelchair full-time at the age of 12. She is an advocate and inspiration to many nurses around the world.

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. Can you give us a quick bio about yourself?
  2. What was one of your biggest struggles in becoming a nurse?
  3. How difficult was it to be a nurse or land your first position in your situation?
  4. How did you find your voice through your disability? 
    1. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Access”
  5. How are you advocating for creating more diverse and inclusive nursing environments?
    1. Disability is the fastest and largest growing minority in the world. Without disability inclusion, we could be limiting opportunities for our future selves.
  6. What is some advice you have for women who roll?
    1. Nursing can seem intimidating or unattainable to someone who uses a wheelchair because of the physical demands, but that doesn’t mean they are out of reach. 
    2. The misconception comes with the fact that a disability means you’re incapable. Not true.
  7. What are the future goals that you’re pursuing? It can be nursing or broad. 

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

Catch Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @theseatednurse.

You can also check out her website https://www.theseatednurse.com/ and connect with her through her LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-dalzell-bsn-rn-b17a75b6/

Find your voice by clicking on the full episode here 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
02:01 Going through life with a disability
05:53 Life, liberty, and the pursuit of access
07:10 Bias in Healthcare
12:09 Advice for overcoming fear and adversity
17:17 How to solve roadblocks in nursing
25:47 Overcoming the feelings of judgment
30:52 Other success stories
32:26 Finding acceptance and what is normal
39:07 Creating change for people with disabilities
41:09 How other countries accommodate disabilities
42:24 Managing time while in NP school, building a nonprofit, and starting a new career
46:55 Coffee with grandma one last time and role models
49:33 Wrapping up the episode

 

The Basic Roles of Student Nurses

The Basic Roles of Student Nurses

The Basic Roles of Student Nurses

The roles of student nurses are essential in the healthcare system. Don’t feel like you cannot do much because you are still a student. And if you want to know what student nurses do, this post can help clear this up! 

What is a Student Nurse?

Student nurses are individuals who study nursing. They also work to maintain, restore, and promote patients’ health while following the policies and procedures laid out by the hospital or healthcare facility. 

The duties of a student nurse are limited. Often, approval is needed before you can administer care to patients. They must also follow the instructions given to them by their clinical instructor. 

Working at a health care facility gives student nurses a chance to practice what they have learned in school. They are also given a specific time frame to complete these duties. 

Roles and Responsibilities

As student nurses, you will also have roles and responsibilities to do. Take it as your “warm-up exercises” in the nursing world as you prepare yourself for your future role. 

Getting your patient assignment

Clinicals are exciting for many student nurses. This experience will give them a feel of what it is like to be actually on the job. As a student nurse, one of your roles is to acquire a patient assignment. It will consist of the names of patients you have to take care of during the day. 

Your instructor will expect you to understand the diagnosis of the patients under your care. It means that you must understand their medical condition to execute the treatment they need. Whether it be a bed bath or a simple change of bedding, knowing your patient’s condition will also help you determine the right kind of treatment to give. 

In addition to that, it is also vital that student nurses are well-versed in modern technologies. It will be helpful when it comes to giving patient care. 

Giving medications

As part of your clinical rotation, student nurses must experience administering medications to patients. However, this is not done of their own accord but with the instructions and supervision of a clinical instructor and physicians’ approval. 

Administering medication involves preparing them in the appropriate dosage, specified time, and correct procedures. They must also ensure that they give the right drugs by asking their names. To avoid confusion, student nurses must also check the patient IDs to confirm the right person. 

Nursing Care

One of the primary roles of student nurses is to provide patients with the proper care they need. It could be eating, bathing, or changing bed linens; student nurses assist these patients. 

Student nurses must also provide nursing care to bedridden patients. One of their duties is to bathe them. It could be laborious, but they must ensure to execute the procedures correctly and provide bedridden patients with blankets to keep them warm. 

Before doing these nursing care procedures, student nurses must first ask for the patient’s consent. It is best to remember this as some patients are uncomfortable with student nurses. 

Charting

A patient’s chart is essential in learning about the patient’s health history. It provides the involved healthcare professionals with the information they need to administer the correct patient’s treatment. This chart is also a good opportunity for student nurses to learn more about their patients. 

A chart includes the details of the patient’s condition, treatment plan, symptoms, and medication list. It also contains the treatment done to the patient or the medications/drugs given to them as part of the plan. 

As part of your duties as a student nurse, you must record these details by writing them down on the chart or recording them on the computer. 

Your Takeaway

Knowing what to expect during your clinical will help you understand the roles of student nurses better. These will help you get the experience you need, and you will be more confident in taking on the part of a future nurse. 

 

EP 181: 7 Foods That Help Nurses Gain Energy During a 12-hour Shift

EP 181: 7 Foods That Help Nurses Gain Energy During a 12-hour Shift

7 Foods That Help Nurses Gain Energy During a 12-hour Shift

Our diet plays a big role in keeping our bodies in shape. As nurses, we owe our bodies healthy and nutritious food. When we eat a well-balanced diet, we have more energy to do our job. It is why it’s best to know the 7 foods that help nurses gain energy during a 12-hour shift. Eating the right food will give you the best energy and avoid the stress that a 12-hour shift can give. 

In this episode, we will talk about the 7 best foods you can eat to keep up with your long shifts. We also had the chance to talk to Alandra Segoviano. She is a writer for wellandgood.com and is interested in the lifestyle of a nurse.  She is curious about what foods we eat on shift and why.  So if you are as curious as her, then this episode is for you. 

Diet vs. Lifestyle

Temporary Diets don’t work. You must find the food you like to eat and eliminate all the process stuff.

People see the results of diets because they just end up eliminating calories. Any diet will work if you just decrease the number of calories; everyone will find success in that. 

Intermittent fasting is beneficial, especially on nights. 

  • Working all night doesn’t mean you have to eat all night.
  • 16-8 is the one we usually do. We stop eating at midnight. 
  • Different associations with food. It becomes more of a fuel

Benefits of Intermittent fasting:

  1. Increases metabolism
  • In intermittent fasting, your metabolism does not decrease because fasting is short-term.
  • The way intermittent fasting indirectly boosts your metabolism is through norepinephrine. During acute starvation and short-term calorie negligence, your body increases norepinephrine levels. Norepinephrine causes an increase in the release of glucose. 

2. Immune function

  • Autophagy is the process of programmed cell death. It is also the ability to find damaged cells and destroy them.
  • On the immunological level, it is also breaking down white blood cells for resources to rebuild. White blood cells are a general term to associate all our immune cells. Our body naturally breaks down damaged cells and uses those components to create new mature white blood cells for the future.
  • Decreases oxidative stress and inflammation. Long-term effects of oxidation and inflammation increase the risks of developing cancer and other chronic diseases. A decrease in chronic disease, in turn, helps decrease the immune system’s workload.

3. Brain function

  • You take the work and time needed to consume food and put that effort into brain function and mental processing.
  • Increase a hormone called BDNF. Studies show that The chemical Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is decreased in depression and other brain issues. An increase in BDNF can make you feel better on a neurological level.
  • Builds self-control

4. Liquids 

  • You need to drink more water. This especially helps with hunger and craving. 

Food

Meat, including seafood – simple, protein keeps you fuller for longer. It’s the building block of life. 

  • Meat protein vs Plant-based
    • Research shows that meat protein 
      • Meat resulted in a more significant gain in whole-body net protein balance above baseline than the ounce equivalents of plant-based protein food sources. The improvement in whole-body net protein balance was due to increased protein synthesis with all the animal protein sources. In contrast, the egg and pork groups also suppressed protein breakdown compared to plant protein sources [1].
      • Steak, chicken, beef, pork, salmon, and shrimp. 

Fruits

    • Berries
      • Taste the best. Lower in calories and lower in carbs
  • Antioxidants
    • Help keep free radicals under control and helps decrease inflammation.
    • blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits, next to pomegranates.

High in fiber

High nutrition content

      • Vitamins like C, minerals, Magnesium

Vegetables

  • The consistent vegetables we eat are mushrooms, potatoes (sweet and regular), onions, swiss chard, and greens.
  • Explore different vegetables and find ones you can consistently eat.
  • Basic building blocks for life. 
  • The primary source of all major vitamins and minerals for our body to function and present inflammation.

Greek yogurt and peanut butter

    • Unsweetened Greek yogurt with some fruits and granola
  • Great for gut support
      • Probiotics. Make sure it says Live and Active Cultures (LAC)
  • Bone and muscle health
    • Protein, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Oatmeal

    • Oatmeal with milk and butter, not water. 
    • Good source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. 
  • Beta-glucans
    • Beta-glucans have been tested to lower blood glucose concentrations and decrease hyperlipidemia and hypertension [2].
    • It might prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol from food. They might also stimulate the immune system by increasing chemicals that prevent infections.
      • Essentially helps neutrophils travel to the site of infection faster and improves their potential to eliminate the bacteria they find there.

RX Bars

  • 3 eggwhites
  • 6 almonds 
  • 4 cashews
  • 2 Dates 

Recently – easy-to-eat salads with a choice of meat, romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, sprouts, avocado, red onion 

Primal Kitchen dressings – Cleanest dressing, based on olive and avocado oils. All are healthy foods that help nurses last their 12-hour shifts.

Learn what foods you can eat during your long shifts by watching the full episode here 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:44 Peters nightshift nurse life
03:42 Night shift eating pattern
06:44 What veggies and fruits for a nursing shift
10:09 Best protein powders
12:01 Water Intake as a nurse
16:21 Truth about dieting
17:34 Matt’s daily diet
19:55 Easy nursing snacks for nurses
24:05 How to prevent carb crashes and feeling tired
28:17 4 main food categories for good health
29:25 Avoid sugary foods at work
30:46 Caffeinate properly as a nurse
32:49 When do you get used to night shift?

 

12 Nursing School Supplies You Need 

12 Nursing School Supplies You Need 

12 Nursing School Supplies You Need 

Studying as a student nurse is exciting but buying nursing school supplies is even more thrilling! Who doesn’t love school supplies anyway? I know I do! If you are excited to start your school year as a student nurse, here are twelve of the essentials you need. 

The 12 Must-haves Nursing School Supplies 

So, you are ready to start nursing school, a bit nervous, I assume? Don’t be! Going to nursing school is one of the best experiences you will ever have. And to start your year right, you must also have the right stuff. 

As you prepare for nursing school, make sure that you have these items and enjoy your time as a student nurse. 

Scrub suits

As one of the items you need, scrub suits should be the first on your list. And for a good reason, too – scrubs are the go-to uniforms for nurses and student nurses. However, some hospitals or schools require a specific color for the scrubs used. 

Once you know what color is needed, you can search for the features and the kind of fabric you want to keep you well-vented during clinical. Make sure that your scrubs have pockets, as it is essential. It will help you carry various items like pens, note pads, etc. 

If you do not know your size, take measurements first to understand how it fits you. That way, you don’t have to suffer wearing the wrong fit the entire school year!

Nursing shoes

When I was in nursing school, my aunt gave me a specific kind of nurse shoes for my clinical. I never understood why she sent me those but little did I know that wearing the correct type of shoes makes a lot of difference in your life as a student nurse. 

An aching foot is the number one enemy of nurses. Even professional nurses hate it. Choosing the right kind of shoes that fits correctly is essential in protecting your feet. Generally, you should find something that has laces. Slip-on are also excellent choices – it’s easy to wear and save you time putting them on. Shoes with loop straps are good too. 

When choosing shoes, find something easy to wash. Clog-style designs can be easily wiped down and disinfected. Many nursing shoes come in different styles, colors, materials, and makers. Make sure to choose something that is slip-resistant and comfortable to use. 

Nursing planners and notebooks

One of the essential things you must have as a nurse is your nurse planners and notebooks. If you haven’t used a planner before, you will be the moment you become a student nurse (and nurse in the future!). It is an excellent way to put all your activities and class schedules to avoid missing any. 

Notebooks are for your class notes. While we are in the digital age, taking notes can be as simple as asking for a copy through USB. However, there’s nothing more authentic than taking down notes! It is also a satisfying feeling when you have a pen in your hands to write down something important. 

Wristwatch

Sounds old school, right? But a watch is essential. A watch is needed as some hospitals do not allow student nurses to use their smartphones. Of course, for a good reason too. Mostly, it is for safety and privacy reasons. 

When choosing the right watch, make sure it is water-resistant. A water-resistant watch is excellent for procedures that may involve liquids. Plus, you don’t have to look for a clock to check the time constantly. 

Jackets and labcoats

Other nursing school must-haves are lab coats and jackets. However, this may depend on your nursing school. In my case, for example, we were assigned to use our lab coats whenever we check for our patient assignment. 

But of course, lab coats are not just for checking assignments, it is also useful when you are going into professional meetings and others. Labcoats and jackets are also great as extra layers and pockets for all your items. Make sure to add your name to it so it doesn’t get stolen or mixed up with others. 

Stethoscope

When I was in nursing school, my first stethoscope was a hand-me-down one from my aunt, a nurse. I couldn’t be happier! Of course, it was still working, and it served me well. 

A stethoscope is essential to help check for the vital signs of patients. You will also use it in your practice, so if you can afford a good one, like a Littmann stethoscope, get it. Yes, it may be pricey, but you can use it for a long time, and it will save you money. 

Make sure to personalize your stethoscope too. It will be much easier to identify it when you are doing your job.

Blood pressure monitor or BP Apparatus

A blood pressure monitor is another essential nursing school supply to add to your list. It would be best if you had this to check your patient’s blood pressure. 

When looking for a blood monitor apparatus, you will find different kinds of them. However, the sphygmomanometers have digital and manual types. So make sure you do your research first before you buy one to know how to operate it properly. 

Penlight

A penlight may be small, but it has a great purpose. This mini flashlight is a powerful tool for assessing the patient’s pupil responses. It is also helpful in checking the wounds, throat, and mouth. It is also light to carry, so make sure that you have one with you.

Scissors

Not just any scissors but nursing scissors, to be exact. Adding this to your list is essential. This type of scissors helps cut bandages, dressings for wounds, medical gauze, tubings, and so on. 

If you decide to buy one, add some medical tape or gauze. These will come in handy in the future. 

Papers and pens

What’s a nurse without her trusty pen? I know I wouldn’t say I like it whenever I lose a pen, so I have a stock of them. You can do the same. Get yourself a box of pens that you love using. It will make your life easy as a student nurse. 

Avoid using pens with caps as they can get lost easily. Aim to use clicky pens; it is more practical! In addition to pens, include highlighters, markers, and other essential school supplies that you need. 

Stock papers, too; you will need them for class and take notes at the hospital. If you do not like loose papers, find a mini notebook that you can stuff in your pocket. It will be easier to jot down a few important notes to remember. 

Nursing textbooks 

Let us not forget the most vital part of your studies – nursing textbooks. Find out what you need for the semester and check where you can buy them. You can order them online or go textbook hunting if you are up for it. 

Bag or Backpack

Of course, you cannot go anywhere without these items, so finding a reliable and sturdy backpack for your things is a must-have. Make sure to find something that is going to last for a while. It will save you money too. 

Nursing School Supplies Honorable Mentions

Besides the one listed above, there are also other vital supplies that are not so important but something you might need while in nursing school. These are: 

  • Compression socks – help prevent soreness on your legs.
  • Laptops and iPads – are needed for your research and studies. 
  • Voice recorder – if you don’t want to take notes during lectures, you can always record them; it will come in handy. 
  • Water bottle – keeping yourself hydrated at all times is vital. A water bottle that can hold enough water to last you through the day is a must. 
  • Nursing clinical cheat sheets – technically, this is not “cheating” but an excellent way to remind yourself of the critical things in nursing. If you want nursing facts at your fingertips, these are good!
  • Calculator – since some hospitals ban smartphones during clinical, you must own a calculator to help you calculate for IV drips. 
  • Foldable clipboard – will allow you to write notes, vital signs, or general writing. A small one will work fine. 

In Closing

Now that you know what nursing school supplies you need go ahead and get them. Becoming a nurse is an exciting path, and so is getting school supplies! Enjoy!