As the term entails, clinical nurses are those that are registered who work in definite clinic settings. However, also dubbed as nurse practitioners, clinical nurses may also work in different types of the clinic with various specializations. Thus, clinical nurse, though works in the clinic, can be very flexible.
Categories of nurses
Clinical nurse specialist
These are the nurses who attained and completed qualifications for specific specialization. They can specialize in various fields in healthcare for instance midwifery, or psychiatric and mental health, or geriatrics, as well as Pediatrics, and other health disciplines. Because of the specific fields of their specialty, they obtain titles such as a mental nurse, or maternity nurse, and even theater nurse.
These are the nurses who are responsible for general administrative duties in hospitals and clinics. They have no specific specialization.
Clinical nurse assigned to specific hospital sections
Aside from the clinical nurse specialist and the staff nurse, a clinical nurse may also be appointed and concentrate on specific hospital sections or departments such as the surgical section, emergency room, or accidents section
Home health registered nurses
Aside from the traditional clinical setting where most nurses work, home health care has proven to be a lucrative sector for the nursing profession. Registered nurses, who chose to deliver health care services at home where most patients get and feel better because of homey ambiance and setting, provide various services like geriatric nursing, community health nursing, and visiting nurse jobs. Other nursing home health care jobs are:
Newborn visiting nurses
They are the nurses who phone new mothers and offer their service at home. They monitor the newborn child’s conditions, gives an assessment, as well as medications to the mother and her child.
Visiting chronic care nurses
They offer service at home for those who need specific hours of care at specific days per week. They are the nurses who attend patients after surgery, change feeding tubes and assess medical needs from time to time.
Public health registered nurses
Unlike other nurses who are only involved in nursing and taking care of patients, public health registered nurses are engaged in policy-making affecting societies. They provide patient care in clinical settings, but at the same time, they participate in community health nursing. More often, they give advice, information, and assistance to families in different communities regarding their health, nutrition, and family planning.
School nurses are nurses who work in schools, universities, and colleges, where they provide students their medical needs. They may be assigned permanently to just one school, but others can be assigned from one school to another. Most of the schools today have built exclusive clinics for students to have the most important health care they need. School nurses are responsible for assessing the medical needs of students, giving emergency care, advising the students about nutrition, preventive care, and first aid procedures.