101 Careers in Nursing

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Patient Education Coordinator
1. Basic description—The patient education coordinator is responsible for educating patients about their disease, medications, and all aspects of care needed following hospitalization or a clinic visit. Patient education is intended to help patients and families cope with a crisis, gather information, learn self-care, and use attitudes and strategies to promote optimal health. Patients who are well informed about their own health actively participate in their own health care decisions, are more likely to have better health overall and enjoy a better quality of life, have fewer illness-related complications, tend to be more compliant with medication and treatment regimens, and are less likely to be a drain on diminishing health care resources. Opportunities are available to work in hospitals, clinics, schools, health care organizations, and home health agencies.
2. Educational requirements—RN preparation with BSN; a MSN is preferred in most settings.
3. Core competencies/skills needed:
Ability to teach and inspire others
Maturity and dependability
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams
Interest in teaching patients and be knowledgeable about pathophysiology and health promotion
Teaching patients to manage acute and chronic illness
Postoperative teaching
Planning health education programs
Preparation of teaching materials
Development of patient teaching plans in a form that is readily understood by the patient and pertinent to their unique circumstances
4. Compensation—Varies according to place of employment and geographic location.
5. Employment outlook—Moderate
6. Related Web sites and professional organizations:
Health Care Education Association: www.hcea-info.org/
National Council on Patient Information and Education: www. talkabou trx. org/
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators: www.uncc.edu/achne/
United States Department of Health and Human Services: www.hhs.gov/


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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Contributor xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 1
  • Addictions Counselor 2
  • Administrator/Manager 3
  • An Interview with Lorna Green, Nurse Manager, Gero-Psychiatric Unit 5
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner 9
  • Ambulatory Care/Health Center Nurse 10
  • Armed Services Nurse 11
  • An Interview with Ella Bradshaw, Armed Services Nurse 13
  • Attorney 19
  • Author/Writer 20
  • An Interview with Eleanor Sullivan, Nurse Author 21
  • Burn Nurse 25
  • Camp Nurse 26
  • Cardiovascular Nurse 27
  • Case Manager 28
  • Childbirth Educator 29
  • Child Psychiatric Nurse 30
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist 31
  • Consultant 32
  • Correctional Facility Nurse 33
  • Critical Care Nurse 34
  • Cruise Ship/Resort Nurse 36
  • Diabetes Educator 37
  • Disaster/Bioterrorism Nurse 38
  • Editor 39
  • Educator in Academia 40
  • Emergency Room Nurse 42
  • Entrepreneur 43
  • Epidemiology Nurse 44
  • Ethicist 45
  • Family Nurse Practitioner 46
  • An Interview with Nancy Hamlin, Family Nurse Practitioner 48
  • Flight Nurse/Critical Care Transport 51
  • An Interview with Christopher Manacci, Flight Nurse Specialist 53
  • Forensic Nurse 57
  • Fraud and Abuse Investigator 58
  • Gastroenterology Nurse 60
  • Genetics Counselor 61
  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner 62
  • An Interview with Annie Siu-Lin, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner 63
  • Health Coach 66
  • Health Policy Analyst/Lobbyist 67
  • Historian 68
  • HIV/AIDS Specialist 69
  • An Interview with Ingrid Hansen, HIV Specialist Nurse 71
  • Holistic Health Nurse/Massage Therapist 74
  • Home Health Nurse 75
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse 76
  • An Interview with Rose Walls, Palliative Care and Hospice Nurse 78
  • An Interview with Malene Davis, Hospice Nurse 82
  • Infection Control Nurse 85
  • Informatics Specialist 86
  • Infusion Therapy Nurse 87
  • International Health Nurse 88
  • Inventor 90
  • Lactation Counselor 91
  • An Interview with Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, Lactation Consultant 92
  • Learning/Developmental Disabilities Nurse 97
  • Legal Consultant 98
  • An Interview with Susan Comstock, Legal Nurse Consultant 100
  • Long-Term Care Nurse 103
  • Media Consultant 104
  • Medical Records Auditor 105
  • Medical-Surgical Nurse 106
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 107
  • Nephrology Nurse 108
  • Neuroscience Nurse 110
  • Nurse Anesthetist 111
  • An Interview with Christopher Reinhart, Nurse Anesthetist 113
  • Nurse Midwife 116
  • Nurse Psychotherapist 117
  • Nutrition Support Nurse 118
  • Occupational/Industrial Nurse 119
  • Office Nurse 121
  • Ombudsman 122
  • Oncology Nurse 124
  • Ophthalmic Nurse 125
  • Organ Donation Counselor 126
  • Or Nurse/Perioperative Nurse 127
  • Orthopedic Nurse 128
  • Otolaryngology Nurse 129
  • Pain Management Nurse 130
  • Parish Nurse 131
  • An Interview with Cindy J. Drenning, Parish Nurse 133
  • Patient Education Coordinator 136
  • Peace Corps Volunteer 137
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 138
  • Perianesthesia Nurse 140
  • Perinatal Nurse 141
  • Pharmaceutical Representative 142
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Nurse 143
  • Politician 144
  • Private Duty Nurse 145
  • Psychiatric Nurse 146
  • Public and Community Health Nurse 148
  • Pulmonary/Respiratory Nurse 149
  • Quality Assurance Nurse 150
  • Radiology Nurse 151
  • Recruiter 152
  • Rehabilitation Nurse 153
  • An Interview with Betty Furr, Rehabilitation Nursing Administrator 156
  • Researcher 160
  • Risk-Management Nurse 161
  • Rural Health Nurse 162
  • An Interview with Maria Humphry, Rural Health Nurse 164
  • School Nurse 168
  • Space Nurse/Astronaut 169
  • Spinal Cord Injury Nurse 171
  • Staff Development Educator 172
  • Telemetry Nurse 173
  • Telephone Triage Nurse 174
  • Transplant Nurse 175
  • Travel Nurse 176
  • An Interview with Lisa Hasnosi, Travel Nurse 178
  • University Dean/President 181
  • Women's Health Nurse 182
  • Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurse 183
  • Launching Your Career Search 185
  • Notes from My Interview Experiences for a First Nursing Position 195
  • Appendix- Certification Guide 197
  • Glossary of Acronyms 222


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