Versatility in the Nursing Field
Versatility is a key component of the nursing field. Most nurses have the ability to think critically and see their job as an important role in bettering the lives of their patients. And most nurses also have the ability to react in real time to the demands of the job in a variety of situations.
Throughout the history of nursing, innovation has been a core component of the discipline. And there are many examples of nurses throughout history who had the creativity and critical thinking too pioneer new ways of delivering healthcare services — and these innovators were also aided by the development of new technologies in the healthcare field.
Here are a few brief examples of nurses who’ve made a difference. Becky Nievers began her career as an RN and then educator at the University of Idaho. Through her experiences, she came to realize that more and more of her pupils were traveling to developing nations to administer the immunizations required of the populations. Despite the fact that the hospitals in these countries did deliver the immunizations, she came to realize that the students still had many questions that they needed to address in order to help deliver the services. With this as her challenge, Nievers began to offer education on how to stay in good health when providing services in these countries.
Soon, her education and training was in high demand as there were no facilities in the healthcare field to offer the health coverage that these professionals needed when going abroad. As a result, she was a leader in the development of travel clinics. From the first office in 1991, these clinics now provide other health services. These include support for bioterrorism, including the anthrax threat in early 2001. With the enormous success of her business, the clinics are now offered as a franchise opportunity for others seeking to join the industry.
Legal Nurses In The Field
Another example of nurses providing innovative solutions to healthcare needs are legal nurse consultants. These specialized nurses use their knowledge of healthcare issues to assist lawyers dealing with healthcare cases. As a discipline, these nurses are expected to provide informed opinions to lawyers dealing with health-related cases. Communication is a key part of this job, and they are expected to act as a liason between parties involved in the legal process to provide satisfactory resolution of the legal actions at hand. These nurses are often self-employed and work in a contract capacity for law firms and insurance companies.
Designing Advanced Equipment For The Medical Field
Yet another way nurses are on the leading-edge of the medical field is in the design and implementation of new equipment. One nurse, Sandy Turner, was highly frustrated with the quality of medical scissors that were available. so, instead of sitting back she developed a new design that allows the tools to be used in a multifunctional capacity. The scissors give nurses a way to work on IV tubing without damaging the contents of the tubes.
Nurses’ innovation and entrepreneurship also increases access to health care for those citizens that can’t afford medical attention. The examples of Nurse Family Partnership, nurse managed health clinics, and workplace wellness initiatives all started with a determined innovative nurse and an idea.
There is a trend starting where nurses will be case managers for families with chronically ill patients or creating agencies of case managers. With their knowledge and experience, case or care managers help families navigate the health care system to access the specific services their family member needs. Case managers can advocate for the family with other medical professionals. They can coordinate a team of medical personnel. Nurses may become leaders of accountable care organizations in the future. This accountable care organization leader position will depend on government and insurance companies acknowledgement of nurses’ vital role in the expansion of the health care system.
Nurses communication skills, perseverance, and position as trusted professionals in the public’s eyes can only increase their opportunities of success in becoming business owners in the years to come.
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