Nurse Jobs Washington DC
Silver Spring, MD
By Ann LeSuer-Collins
R.N. and Midwife
Choosing a career as a nurse can be exciting and rewarding. There is no better feeling than knowing you are helping others. Not only are nurses always in demand, they are also paid well, with the pay level being commensurate with their education level. Being a nurse offers work options other than working in a hospital setting. The nursing field includes a vast selection of work settings, such as school nursing, community health nursing, doctor's offices, long-term care facilities, and public health settings, to name a few. Before you choose a career as a nurse, you should be aware of the skills and education needed.
What Does a Nurse Do
A nurse's job is to promote, maintain, and assist patients to obtain or recover their optimum level of comfort and well-being. In a hospital, a nurse may help a doctor with procedures, administer medications, do patient assessments, or assist patients with bathing, eating, and other activities of daily living. A nurse will often work with the patient and the family to educate them about the nature of an illness or disease, about how to best promote a quick recovery, and about how to prevent a recurrence. Also, a nurse often teaches skills, such as caring for wounds or giving injections, which a patient or a caretaker needs to learn prior to hospital discharge.
The pace of a nurse's day, as well as the skills needed, will vary depending on the setting in which a nurse works. A nurse working in a...