Increasing Demand For Nurses In The Field Of Special Needs

by P Malcolm

Posted on Tuesday 27th of October 2009

Despite the troubled economy, nursing is one field that is in great demand. The increased demand for Nurses is expected to continue, especially in the field of special needs. Nurses can be found working in such special needs areas as nursing homes, community services, pediatrics, hospices, schools, outpatient clinics, and more. Today, a career in nursing in the field of special needs is a great career choice.

People usually relate nursing to hospital care, but now opportunities in the field of patients with special needs are available for certified nursing assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and nurse practitioners.

Areas of special needs that a nurse can be found working in include:

Pediatric/Obstetric Nurses: These are nurses who care for infants, children and mothers who have special needs.

Geriatric Nurses: The Geriatric Nurse provides care for the increasing number of elderly patients.

Community Health Nurses: Providing health care services for the increasing number of patients who require ongoing care in their homes and other community settings.

Private Nurse: Providing services to patients in their homes.

Critical Care/Medical-Surgical nurses: These nurses will provide care to severely ill patients.

Mental Health Nurses: These nurses will provide care to the mental and emotional needs of patients in clinics, acute care, and community settings.

A career in pediatric health care is one field for nurses that are growing in popularity and demand. This area focuses on young children with special needs. Nurses are involved in assisting children with such conditions as physical and emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, chronic illnesses. These nurses provide health care that helps children return to their daily activities. They also provide assistance and advice for parents who are having difficulties managing with their children’s problems. Sometimes, parents of handicapped children enlist the services of a nurse so that the child receives the extra care that he or she may need.

The special need area of nursing that is growing in demand is nursing homes. As the population ages, nurses are in even in greater demand. An increase in an elderly population means more nurses are needed to help them with every day living activities. Registered nurses, licensed nurses and nursing assistants can be found working in nursing homes. As well, many elderly people are living in their own home so nurses are required for home health care. This can include bathing, feeding, administering medication, exercising, and more. As well, Alzheimer patients need constant supervision and help. In these situations, a private nurse is often hired by the family. Sometimes, the family will hire a live-in nurse or have a nurse reside close to the home.

Nurses are an important part of the health care field. Their specialized and flexible attributes make them an important asset in the area of special needs. They work with other health professionals to contribute to the well being of patients and their families. Nursing is a rewarding career that is full of opportunities such as in the area of special needs.

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