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Nurses, Nursing, Home Health Care

Exclusively Health Care Staffing

• RN's • LPN's • CNA's
Allied Health Professionals
Serving the Lehigh Valley & New Jersey
Apply Online at www.healthskil.com
Allentown (610) 433-7706

    There are many different nursing career specialties. Some exciting careers are available for dedicated women and men as an Acute Care Nurse, a Cardiovascular Nurse, a Geriatric Nurse, or perhaps a Home Health Nurse, or a Neonatal Nurse, or nursing in the Pediatric or Psychiatric area of medicine. Nurse practitioner enrollments are on the rise because many physicians are moving into specialized medical practices instead of primary care. As patient loads increase, this trend is creating both a shortage in available health care and a demand for nurse practitioners.

    There are many great nursing schools, colleges, and training programs available throughout the state. If you think you have the skills and the desire to help people consider a professional nursing career and get that nursing certification and degree.

    Registered nurses or RN make up the largest group of healthcare workers. Most RNs work directly with patients and their families. They are the primary point of contact between the patient and their health care, both at the patient's bedside and in outpatient settings. RNs perform frequent patient evaluations, including monitoring and tracking vital signs, performing procedures such as IV placement, phlebotomy, and administering medications. Registered nurses often are the first to notice problems with patients or get concerns about patient progress because they have much more regular contact with patients than physicians.

    Nurse practitioners are primary care givers. Nurse practitioners are often first in line to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. Nurse practitioners have the right to prescribe certain medications, with licensing and privileges varying by state. Nurse practitioners can also take on some secondary care responsibilities such as certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse-midwives, and certain other clinical nurse specialists. Educational requirements to become a nurse practitioner often require a BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing), followed by additional training, sometimes requiring a Masters in Nursing.

    Licensed practical nurses or LPNs provide patient care on a very personal level. An LPN usually reports directly to a physician or RN. Licensed practical nurses are usually responsible for taking vital signs and monitoring in-and-out volumes, treating common like bedsores, and preparing or performing several procedures such as dressing wounds, bathing and dressing, and giving enemas.

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