Feb 22, 2016
Listing the possible career paths and job options available to registered nurses.
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It used to be that becoming a registered nurse (RN) meant working in a hospital, doctor's office or perhaps a nursing home or rehabilitation center. Now, as the medical world expands to meet the public's needs - and as the demand for in-home care services escalate - registered nurses have a wide range of career options available to them.
Registered nurse staffing firms are anxious to keep up with the rising demand for RNs. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, registered nurses are one of the Top 10 careers experiencing the most dramatic job growth, with a faster-than-average job growth rate of 19% through 2022.
In addition to the more general roles nurses play in regards to patient care and treatment, most nurses settle on a specific specialty, or niche, that is uniquely suited to their interests, skills and talents. Some of the many specialty areas available to RN's include:
- Critical and urgent care facilities
- In-home care provision
- Hospice and palliative care
- Labor and delivery units
- Non-profit and community clinics
- Neonatal care
- Cardiovascular care
- Correctional facilities
- Psychiatry and mental health
- General Staff positions
When you consider the above listings comprise only a portion of the options available, it is easy to see why high-quality nurses are in demand.
Those who want to continue with their medical training also have the option to further their education in order to pursue more advanced nursing specialties. There are over 100 nursing specialties, some areas that required graduate education for registered nurses include Nurse anesthetists, Clinical nurse specialists, Certified nurse midwives, and Nurse practitioners.
While these specialties work under the supervision of a licensed medical doctor, they are typically granted a high-level of autonomy, often able to make a diagnosis and/or prescribe medications without requiring the immediate approval or signature of a doctor.
While a keen passion for medical science and patient care is always at the heart, nurses have the ability to choose their own career adventure. Perhaps more than any other job in the medical field, nurses can truly pick and choose exactly where they want to work, when and for how many days a week or month.
Nurses can often work as much or as little as they like, from full-time or full-time-plus for young and enthusiastic beginners to part-time or even single shifts per week for nurses that want to stay at home while children are young; there are positions and schedules for every lifestyle.
Some nurses who wish to retire from a full time, hectic hospital job but still want to stay in a rewarding field by picking up a few shifts or short visits. With an independent contractor model, nurses have the autonomy to pick & choose opportunities at their discretion. They’re never obligated to do any visits or shifts and thus can chose only the ones that sound most appealing to them.
RNs also have the luxury of traveling around the country. Healthcare facilities often have temporary positions available and require highly qualified nurses to fill those positions. As a result, registered nurse staffing firms help to place "traveling nurses" in these positions, most of which last an average of 12 weeks.
When and if a nurse is ready to "settle down," a traveling work history serves as a valuable networking tool, helping a RN land the job of his/her dreams with a facility or agency with whom they already have a relationship.
With all this demand, perusing RN job placement positions can be overwhelming. With health care facilities and in-home care providers clamoring for the best nurses, it can be difficult to determine which location, employer and position is really right for you. A staffing firm can be a great way to get your foot in the door with an organization you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
Working with a registered nurse staffing firm is like working with a career matchmaker. Nurse Registry will help to place you in just the right position for your needs and the employer’s. Contact Nurse Registry at (866) 916-8773 today! Browse our current openings for registered nurses and start a rewarding career now.
This article originally appeared on Nurse registry's blog.