Where can I go?

Choosing different career pathways in nursing


Profession: Nurse

The profession I have chosen is nursing, nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life. Potential Employment: currently nurses are in high demand, its one of the few careers where if your a nurse in one country, you can be a nurse anywhere else in the world. Its for that reason why nursing is a very demanding and rewarding career.

Did you know?

In the early 1990s, most provinces and territories in Canada were not hiring nurses. In fact it wasnt until two decades later Canada decided to start hiring nurses. As of right now, Canada is currently facing a growing nursing shortage, mainly because of an aging population. The worst part is that even if lots of new nurses are trained, it still wont be enough and it will be very difficult to offset the large number of people to nurses that are anticipated.
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In 2009, in Canada the median hourly wage for nurses- more specifically registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and psychiatric nurses was $33.00. As of 2014 the Canadian median hourly wage is $47. Which is a substantial increase from what it was many years, the increase in pay is mainly due to a demand in nurses.
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Main Duties & Examples

Nurses often work in hospitals or outpatient facilities, where they provide hands-on care to patients by administering medications, managing intravenous lines, observing and monitoring patients' conditions, maintaining records and communicating with doctors. They are also relied upon to give direction and supervision to nurse aides. Nurse aides work closely with nurses and medical staff to ensure that a patient is provided basic care on a daily basis. Some of those duties include bathing, feeding and even dressing patients

Essential Skills & Work Environment

Nurses should be able to put their patients at ease, a nurse can work in a variety of environments, ranging from a hospital, private facility or even a patients home. An example of what nurses would do regarding child immunizations. Generally speaking immunizations can be performed by a doctor or a nurse. It consists of being injected by a baby needle. Most infants are vaccinated sometimes right after birth or 6 months later. It is not necessary however to vaccinate a child right after birth. Because when an infant is born they have their mothers antibodies in their immune system and the number of antibodies doesnt begin to reduce until the child turns 1.
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Employment Requirement

Educational requirements differ by type of nurse.

Becoming a practical nurse requires a year-long training program .Typical courses include anatomy, first aid, nutrition and physiology.In order to become a registered nurse you need an Associate Degree in Nursing. Completing this degree program allows graduates to take the licensing examination to become RNs. Common courses include anatomy, nutrition, adult care and medicine practices.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs allow nursing students to learn about providing care and obtaining work experience in medical settings. Common courses include human development and healthcare, nursing theory, chemistry and infant care.

Advanced practice nurses include nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners. Courses in graduate nursing degree programs vary because they are usually focused on the area of concentration.

Pediatric Immunizations