So what is it you actually do?!
The nursing profession has made some dramatic changes since the day this opinion was written:
” It is customary with many nurses to carry with them a small pocket case filled with instruments, such as scissors, dressing forceps, caustic holder, tongue depressors and so forth, but. . . intended only for show, and . . . quite unnecessary” [1,4].
That sure isn’t the case anymore! The nursing profession has experienced rapid changes during the 21st century; some because of hard-earned respect for the profession, others due to the amazing technological advances made in medicine. So, what does it mean to be a “modern nurse”? Nurse’s work is patient driven in a fast-paced environment with rapid-decision making and frequent use of modern technology. Nurses now have more opportunity for leadership roles, autonomy in decision- making and advances in their career. Modern nursing looks something like this:
Choices, Choices and More Choices; Choose your specialty:
Modern nursing has become specialized and nurses today have a nearly unlimited choice of specialties and advanced nursing opportunities. Some of the choices available are:
- forensic nursing
- occupational health nursing
- peri-operative nursing
- nursing informatics
- environmental health
- case management
- infectious disease
- community health
- clinical nurse specialist
- public health nursing
Choices in How to get your education
The technological boom, particularly the growth of the internet, allow nurses the advantage of being able to obtain their nursing degree, certification and specialized education on-line and in virtual classroom and through distance learning. You can take your CEU classes online, you can renew your license online. Just a generation or two ago, the only way to obtain a nursing degree would have been in a “traditional classroom” setting, which excluded many prospective students because of its inflexible schedule, cost and inability to accommodate for other priorities like family and jobs. Now LPN to RN bridge programs online are allowing more people than ever to reach goals that one day would have been unattainable.
The Human Factor
Patients are more educated and involved than ever. Nurses are taking care of patients and families who often know far more about their disease process then in generations past. The internet is a major tool used in self-education. Patients may want to be intimately involved in the nursing process and expect answers to all medical questions, treatment options and second-opinions before making health care decisions. The nurse has an increased responsibility to help the patient separate fact from fiction.
Technological advances: keep the patient in mind
In most hospitals, long gone are the days of handwritten nursing notes and doctors orders. Computerization has completely replaced this, and many other areas in medicine. The rapid pace of technological changes can become overwhelming; but specialized classes, training, and peer proctoring can help to keep the nurse proficient. Another challenge with the flood of technology is to overcome the possibility of de-humanizing the nursing process. Being the patient’s advocate and keeping their needs–which include human compassion and interaction– as the priority is the core of nursing.
Modern nurses have the unique challenge of mastering the technological advances of the 21st century, such as:
- Computerization of patient records and nursing notes
- Wireless communication in health care communication
- Computerized patient monitoring systems
- Tele-conferences on patients and education
- Advanced computerized life-saving equipment
- Mobile- computing systems using PDAs. Point of care data processing.
It’s an exciting time to be in the nursing profession. Nurses will continue to see advances in technology, increased opportunities for leadership and specialization and expansion of virtual classrooms and distance learning.
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[1,4] An 1895 Look at Nursing, author unknown<http://enw.org/1895_Nursing.htm<