101 Careers in Nursing

By Jeanne M. Novotny; Doris T. Lippman et al. | Go to book overview
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Pulmonary/Respiratory Nurse
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 team
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 abuse
Ability to discuss smoking cessation techniques, ability to administer and teach pharmacologic interventions
4. Compensation—Varies according to place of employment and geographic location.
5. Employment outlook—Moderate
6. Related Web sites and professional organizations:
Respiratory Nursing Society (RNS): www.respiratorynursingsociety.org
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: www.aacvpr.org


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