|1. ||Basic description—A pulmonary and respiratory nurse promotes pulmonary health for individuals, families, and communities, and cares for persons with pulmonary dysfunction
throughout the lifespan. Respiratory nursing may be preventive,
acute, critical, or rehabilitative. There are opportunities to work
in hospitals, extended care centers, private companies, health
departments, office practices, and clinics.|
|2. ||Educational requirements—RN preparation.|
|3. ||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|• ||Knowledge of respiratory disease such as, asthma, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), TB, cystic fibrosis,
and respiratory failure|
|• ||Excellent patient and family relationships and teaching abilities|
|• ||Team skills to work with other members of the health care
|• ||Ability to deal with issues of grief and loss|
|• ||Strong assessment skills|
|• ||Knowledge of oxygen therapies, assisted ventilation, and suctioning|
|• ||Patience for patient non-adherence to regimen and tobacco
|• ||Ability to discuss smoking cessation techniques, ability to
administer and teach pharmacologic interventions|
|4. ||Compensation—Varies according to place of employment and
|5. ||Employment outlook—Moderate|
|6. ||Related Web sites and professional organizations:|
|• ||Respiratory Nursing Society (RNS):
|• ||American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: www.aacvpr.org|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 149.
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