Do Nurses Need More Advanced Degrees?

While it is certainly not necessary to obtain a doctorate in nursing to do your job well, there are several ways your career can benefit with extra study. The benefits of a more advanced degree can improve your practical medical knowledge as well as hone the professional and business side of the industry. What can a nurse stand to gain from a more advanced degree?

Leadership Skills

Exercising leadership in your role as a nurse can draw positive attention from your employers and patients alike. Leadership may revolve around helping patients in treating their condition or guiding a hospital’s administrative team for maximum efficiency. From advanced studies, a nurse can learn how to manage complex situations and delegate with other staff members to increase the quality of care. The best outcome is a nurse who can be comfortable working with teams of multiple medical disciplines.

Specialized Knowledge

With a Master’s degree, a nurse can focus on more specialized fields. Some of the more popular fields include:

  • Midwifery – Though midwifery is a task as old as time, the modern iteration of the job is starting to require a more focused skillset. These nurses work in close collaboration with gynecologists, assisting them with tasks revolving around pregnancy, delivery, and care of the mother and child during the postpartum period. Midwifery positions were once exclusively for women, but an increasing number of men are specializing in this field.
  • Gerontology – As life expectancy continues to increase, so too does the demand for nurses who specialize in adult primary care. Nurses who study for an advanced degree with a focus in gerontology will analyze and learn how aging affects the mind and body. Understand the social constructs that surround older age will also be important for providing specialized care.
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – Concentrating on mental health means taking on daily responsibilities like diagnosing and treating mental illness, prescribing medications, and assisting counselors and caretakers.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Nurses who work within this field are often employed in smaller clinics that offer higher pay, with an expectation of interacting with patients more often than normal. A more personal work environment means more patient interaction than a typical hospital, with responsibilities that include discussing a patient’s symptoms, running tests, and administering treatments.
  • Management and Teaching Positions – If you are interested in applying your skills outside of the hospital, many nurses with advanced degrees move on toward management or teaching positions. Depending on what you want to achieve from your career, either path can lead to a fulfilling career outside of patient care.

Networking and Professional Contacts

The medical world is not immune to the power of networking, and it would be unwise to ignore the influencers in your profession. Depending on the university you attend, you can find excellent professional contacts who work in the same field as you do. Completing a more advanced degree provides you with an opportunity to build a professional network that can offer higher paying job opportunities.

While an advanced degree in nursing can be a strong addition to your resume, hands-on experience is just as important as education. Many nurses do not start working on advanced degrees until after several years of work experience. Though it is ultimately up to you how you should approach advanced education, if you are looking for more greater job opportunities, search our job listing for open nursing positions with Ardor Health today.

Top 5 Books to Read on the Road

Travel has its ups and downs, and waiting at the airport (or bus stop) is certainly a considered a “down” for many traveling therapists. With delays and complications, you may find yourself stuck in the same chair for hours before you can start moving. There are, fortunately, a plethora of books available to help pass the time. These five releases are some of the most popular books published on travel and make for excellent companions during the slower hours.

1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

For several years, Cheryl Strayed ran an online advice column titled Dear Sugar. During this time, Strayed operated under an anonymous alias, answering the fevered questions of many people who felt lost about money, family, love, and motivation. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of the best posts found on the website and can be a useful pick-me-up for when life is feeling particularly challenging.

2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

While we hope you don’t resort to hitchhiking when traveling to a new state, you can enjoy the misadventures of a flustered British man and his alien companions as they try to make sense of a bizarre galaxy. A quick, easy read that will get you giggling in public.

3. Girls Who Travel

Sometimes you don’t have to go very far to discover something new – either about the world or yourself. This novel by Nicole Trilivas hits upon the core joys of travel, making for a fun, witty, (and a little bit gritty) read.

4. Mosquitoland

Everyone has a travel story about the odd person who sat next to them. Mosquitoland drives into the heart of that experience, focusing on a girl’s thousand-mile bus trip to Cleveland full of quirky characters and unexpected twists.

5. Fast Facts for the Travel Nurse: Travel Nursing in a Nutshell

Unlike the other books, this one is more for practical purposes rather than entertainment. Fast Facts offers useful advice to traveling nurses on many aspects most people don’t consider. This includes factors that are often “boring,” but crucial to know so you can make the most of your traveling career. Topics include how to improve your benefits, payment negotiations, contract negotiations, and preparing for future assignments.
Have your gear ready but don’t know where to travel next? Take a look at our list of available healthcare jobs on Ardor Health. Positions are open for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more!

Don’t Commit These 3 Healthcare Interview Mistakes

Congratulations on graduating with your healthcare degree! You worked hard for it and it is time to put what you’ve learned to use, but first, you must get past the interview. You have done everything right leading up to this moment. The last thing you want to do is ruin your chances of landing a promising position by committing a detrimental interview blunder. We understand that you may be nervous leading up to the interview and that is expected. To help you prepare for your big day, we have highlighted three common healthcare interview mistakes to avoid. Continue reading “Don’t Commit These 3 Healthcare Interview Mistakes”

Conditions that May Improve with Occupational Therapy

To the everyday person, it may be difficult to clearly understand what the duties of an occupational therapists are. Many people struggle to notice the difference between an occupational therapist and a physical therapist when it comes to their service areas. While they both provide hands-on services, physical therapists mainly work with individuals recovering from an injury while occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform daily tasks. There are particular instances where the patient may be recovering from an injury as well but they also work to improve patient’s emotions, behavior, and cognitive disabilities. Continue reading “Conditions that May Improve with Occupational Therapy”

Famous Nurses Throughout History

To celebrate National Nurses Week, it is important to remember the nurses who made a change. Whether that change is within the nursing career, a community, or another’s life, nursing achievements go beyond the limits of our collective imaginations. Modern nursing is less than 150 years old. Before then, nursing duties were often little more than basic caregiving. The nurses on this list advocated for a change to build a system of nursing as we know it today. Continue reading “Famous Nurses Throughout History”

Why You Should Thank a Nurse Today

It is officially National Nurses Week! This is the time of year that we acknowledge nurses for the incredible service they provide to the people in need. Nurses have long been a vital element in the healthcare system and without them, there’s no telling where we would be as society. From the school nurses that provide your child with that much-needed cup of salt water when they come in with a sore throat, to the nurses that help you recover from debilitating injury, the services of a nurse are incomparable. These selfless beings put your best interests at heart every day and they deserve to be thanked for their unrelenting dedication to healthcare. If you happen to run into a nurse this week, make sure to thank thank them for all they do. Continue reading “Why You Should Thank a Nurse Today”

Why Special Education Teachers Matter

Special education is a method of teaching for students with disabilities that would hinder their ability to learn from a conventional teaching method. These disabilities can range from blindness  to a traumatic brain injury. Such students require an environment made for them with qualified teachers. The number of students enrolling in special education rises every year and teachers are constantly evolving.
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3 Ways Occupational Therapists Help Treat Addiction

Addiction and substance abuse have always been a prominent issue in society. As time(ask) moves forward, more substances with addictive qualities are made to create a hole in an individual’s life. occupational therapists seek new ways to help clients cope with the addiction before it attains a crippling grasp and gradually ends the need that the client had for the substance entirely. Here are 3 ways that an occupational therapist can help treat addiction.

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