101 Careers in Nursing

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Nutrition Support Nurse
1. Basic description—Nutrition support nurses play a major role in the maintenance of patients’ nutritional health. While most patients are able to eat or may just require some encouragement and assistance, some patients are unable to meet their nutritional needs via the oral route. The provision of nutrition support, which includes enteral feeding (via the gastrointestinal tract) and total parenteral nutrition (via the venous circulation), allows maintenance or repletion of the nutritional status for this group of patients. Nutrition support is provided by a multidisciplinary team comprising nurse clinicians, dieticians, gastroenterologists, surgeons, and pharmacists. The nurse clinician and team coordinate, provide, and advise patients on nutrition support. The team ensures that patients’ nutritional needs are met by the safest, most economical and efficacious nutritional modality. Often the work includes assistance for children who require special nutritional intervention, including those with feeding disorders, growth failure, dietary intolerance, short bowel syndrome and congenital bowel disorders, and malabsorption. Nutrition support services can be provided to administer long-term intravenous nutrition or specialized tube feedings in selected cases.
2. Educational requirements—RN preparation.
3. Core competencies/skills needed:
Skill in developing guidelines and protocols on patient nutrition support
Ability to manage the various acute and chronic nutritional access devices, both enteral as well as parenteral
Skill in developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate programs for staff training and patient teaching
Interdisciplinary team skills
Ability to work in a range of health care settings
4. Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location.
5. Employment outlook—High
6. Related Web site and professional organization:
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition: www.nutritioncare.org/


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101 Careers in Nursing
Table of contents

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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