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Nursing: Not Just About Service

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Nursing is not always just about service but also education. There are so many areas of nursing to choose from that focus on a variety of different medical conditions as well as age groups. While many nurses spend most of their days on their feet, other nurses are working behind a desk making sure that each person gets treated with the care that they need. Keep reading to learn more about forensic nursing as well as occupational health nursing.

Occupational Health Nursing

An occupational health nurse is responsible for observing and assessing workers’ status of health with respect to the job hazards and tasks that come with the job. They use their specialized experience and education to help keep hazardous working environments away from the workers themselves. Their primary responsibilities include: disease management, environmental health, disaster planning, employee treatment and referrals, and gatekeeper to various other healthcare services.

This career is more of a desk job as opposed to working on your feet. It is a good option for individuals who are interested in the field of nursing but would rather work behind the scenes to help ensure the safety of others. This is often a choice for nurses who have already worked in various other fields of nursing and would like to try something new.

If you are interested in becoming an occupational health nurse you must first become a registered nurse and obtain various experience in the field before working in occupational health. An occupational health nurse’s salary is approximately $65,000 a year.

Forensic Nursing

A forensic nursing is the practices of nursing all over the globe while the legal and health systems intersect. So what does this mean exactly? A forensic nurse is responsible for assisting with crimes. Victims of abuse and violence require a special kind of care from a health professional who knows how to treat and help trauma that comes with being a victim of a violent crime. They also try to prevent future crimes with their knowledge and often have to give their testimonies in court in order to help the victim.

A forensic nurse’s salary ranges from $60,000-$90,000 a year depending on experience and where you are employed. Individuals who obtain their Master’s degrees tend to make more in salary and are often given more opportunity to excel in their careers.

Conclusion

Nursing requires a lot of hard work and dedication but also requires you to learn a lot about different areas of nursing. Choosing the right one for you can be difficult, but once you do you will be able to spend the rest of your career knowing you were blessed with the opportunity to help others through their medical troubles.

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