Nursing specialties explained in Hospitals 2021 (Registered Nurse)
Nursing specialties explained in Hospitals 2021 (Registered Nurse).
In this video I will talk about the various specialty nurses you can find at a hospital. This is meant for nursing students or maybe undergraduate students looking to learn more about the nursing profession. I will speak a bit more about their daily tasks and give you an idea of what is like. A quick disclaimer before we get started. I am an emergency room nurse, I am not an expert in every field by any means, however I do feel like I have a good sense of what it is like on other floors especially since I send patients up to those floors all the time. Now obviously this is not the same for every hospital, there are larger and smaller ones as well, however this will hopefully give you a general idea of what other specialties you can choose from!
Alright, so the hospital has many different floors and each floor is divided into subspecialties. Usually the lowest floor in the building is the emergency department as patients typically must initially be assessed, diagnosed and somewhat stabilized before they go upstairs onto a different floor. Think of the emergency department as a floor where you get every kind of patient, and it is the ED’s job to sort out what their medical needs are and organize proper transfer of care to the appropriate team. It also means that patients sometimes come in with what they think is a major issue but it turns out it is not, and as a result you get a lot of people from the general public who get minor treatment as well. Therefore, it is common to see a lot of patients from various diagnoses and that to me is one of the most interesting things about working there!
Moving up from the basement or ground floor is typically the labor and delivery or the maternity floor. This is due to the nature of pregnancy being spontaneous and at times difficult to identify when deliveries are due. The nurses on the labor and delivery side are specialty trained. Again, this may be different based on the hospital you are working in but there is typically a labor and delivery section and then a postpartum section within the floor. The nurses working on the side of labor and delivery are typically specialty trained while the ones on the post-partum are not. The L&D nurses go through coaching techniques during labor and are involved in resuscitation of the baby when it is required. In post-partum, it is all about discharge planning and ensuring they are adequately informed about all the necessary information when it comes to post-partum for the mother and the newborn. They provide extensive coaching on breastfeeding and help the mother identify what to expect.
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