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Becoming an ER Nurse Administrator

Emergency Room (ER) Nurse Administrators provide patient care and maintain a healthy work environment for staff members in the emergency department of various health care settings. In addition to nursing service, their responsibilities include planning, monitoring and evaluating the patient care procedures; contributing strategically towards the allocation of human and financial resources; taking initiatives for quality improvement in services; organizing educational programs for staff members; communicating with staff members and department heads to achieve organizational goals; maintaining 24 hour accountability so on and so forth.

ER Nurse Administrators find employment in various health care settings such as trauma centers, doctor’s offices, hospitals, nursing homes etc. They mostly work full time. Since their services are needed in emergencies, they may be required during weekends, overnight shifts and even in holidays.

Educational Requirements

To become an ER Nurse Administrator, the aspiring candidates need to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree in health administration or any related field. Additionally, they require a registered nurse certification from an accredited nursing program. The students can also pursue higher studies in related field for better job prospects. The common syllabus includes hospital organization and management, human resources administration, accounting and budgeting, strategic planning, health information systems as well as nursing education courses.

Certification and Licensure

Since an ER Nurse Administrator requires to be licensed in all the states, the aspiring candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, pass a licensing exam and complete a state-approved training program. The candidates can obtain exam based certification from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Skill Set               

Apart from clinical knowledge, ER Nurse Administrators possess various skills such as resource management abilities, excellent organizational skills, ability to work under pressure situation, ability to handle multiple priorities, competent in resolving conflict, high medical ethics, empathy towards patient, effective communications and interpersonal skills, computer skills etc.

Job Outlook and Salary

The job outlook for an ER Nurse Administrator remains excellent in USA. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the growth rate for job opportunities in this profession may rise 23% from 2012 to 2022. The average annual salary of an ER Nurse Administrator was $88,580 in May 2012.

Becoming a Nurse Researcher

The Nurse Researchers work in hospitals and other medical facilities while operating as members of clinical research teams. They not only evaluate current patient care practices, but also develop new procedures for research evidence purpose. They study various aspects of health and illness. They also work towards implementing scientific studies and improve healthcare services.

Apart from teaching and imparting training, the Nurse Researchers also write articles and research papers for nursing or medical journals. They do work at various positions such as Research Assistants and Clinical Data Coordinators.

Key Challenges:

  • Deliver healthcare services effectively and efficiently
  • Improve quality of life of chronic patients
  • Guide patients on nutrition, fitness and lifestyle
  • Ensure safety of patients
  • Provide proper care and comfort to patients.

Education Requirements:

  1. Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree: To start with, it is necessary for the students to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and comprehensive training. While some nursing schools accept applicants with a high school diploma, most of them need college pass outs during enrollment. The four-year-long BSN program covers all aspects of nursing education.
  2. Licensing: After completing the Bachelor’s Degree, the aspiring Nurse Researchers must pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) program.

Salary & Job Outlook: The job outlook for Nurse Researchers may remain excellent if they are well trained and have good experience. The average salary for a nurse researcher is $95,000.

Becoming a Nurse Midwife

A Nurse Midwife specializes in various women’s issues such as menopause, childbirth, pregnancy, gynecological, breastfeeding etc. It’s true that they are best known for providing assistance to pregnant women during child birth. But, they are also experienced in postpartum care and child care. They are required to work in flexible hours and must have physical and mental strength and stamina to deal with any situation.

Skilled Nurse Midwives are also trained in the latest scientific procedures to assist in normal deliveries. At the same time, they can reduce heavy use of machinery in the delivery process with their expertise and experience. They must have proficiency in midwifery tools, including umbilical cord scissors and handling infant oxygen masks.

Education requirements:

  1. Earn a Bachelor’s Degree: A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing is must for aspiring Nurse Midwives. Nursing degree programs, which will help them become Registered Nurses, may typically include two years of coursework in chemistry, biology and other related subjects. The next two years of the program are devoted to nursing courses for all phases of life along with coursework in family and community health.
  2. Obtain a License: The graduate nurses can take up the licensure examination to become a Registered Nurse. The requirements of licensure vary from state to state. There are 42 programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) in the United States.
  3. Job Experience: Most midwifery degree programs require the applicants to gain experience in midwifery or women’s health prior to admission. At least one year of registered nursing experience will come in handy.

Salary & Job Outlook: According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook remains good for this profession. The projected job growth for Nurse Midwives is 29% during the period of 2012-2022. According to PayScale.com, the average annual salary for Certified Nurse Midwives is $82,620 as of September 2014.

Becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialists are licensed registered nurses (RNs) who hold a master’s or doctor’s degree in a specialized area of nursing practice such as pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health, critical care, diabetes, oncology, psychiatric, rehabilitation etc. They not only perform the conventional nursing responsibilities, but also help patients prevent or treat illness. The Clinical Nurse Specialists provide direct patient care as well as serve as expert consultants for nursing staffs.

Educational Requirements:

  1. Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing: All aspiring Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) must attend the nursing school to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The duration of the course will be of four years. Courses in nursing degree programs will typically include pharmacology, anatomy, physiology and nursing.
  2. Obtain License as Registered Nurse: Licensing is must for all Clinical Nurse Specialists before they start practicing. Most states in the US require the aspirants to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
  3. Experience: It is almost mandatory to gain one to two years of direct patient experience at a clinical set up before applying for a Master’s program in Nursing.
  4. Earn a Master’s Degree: Master’s Degree programs for Clinical Nurse Specialists take 2-3 years to complete. These programs help in developing the nursing skills, nursing practices and assessment capabilities among the students.
  5. Certification: Several certification programs are available for the Clinical Nurse Specialists, which are generally 4-5 year long. The key certification programs include:
  • Certifications for Advanced Practice in Orthopedics by the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board)
  • Critical Care by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Oncology by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
  • Adult Health, Gerontology, Psychiatric, Home Health and Community Health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Salary & Job Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for Clinical Nursing Specialists will grow at 26% during the period of 2012-2022. Highest salary in this profession remains $126,000, while the average salary is $86,500.