You’ve seen them on T.V. and encountered these clinical angels in real-life. Registered nurses (RNs) are the backbone of the healthcare profession. They perform their life-saving duties in clinical settings across the U.S. As a career profession, having an R.N. designation means you will have your pick of jobs in the coming years. The latest data shows the U.S. will need 13 million nurses to join the profession in the next decade to keep up with demand.
In this blog, we’re shining a career spotlight on R.N.s. We’ll discuss the basics of the job, what education path most people take, and the personal qualities that make a good R.N. We’ll also touch on the different specialties you can go into once you become an R.N. If you’re ready to explore a career as an R.N., browse our open roles today!
Understanding the R.N. Role
R.N.s provide necessary care and caring to patients within the medical field. These professionals do it all: From communicating care instructions to patients to providing it. Nurses can:
- Administer treatments to patients.
- Assist doctors in treating patients.
- Coordinate specialty care teams.
- Perform diagnostic testing.
- Operate medical equipment.
- Comfort patients and families
- Follow up on patient care.
- And more!
An R.N. can work in a variety of settings. There are R.N.s in schools and prisons as well as nursing homes and hospitals. You’ll see a nurse in an E.R. and nurses even participate in surgical procedures. Some of the settings you’ll encounter as an R.N. include:
- Private and public hospitals where you will typically work as part of a specialized unit, such as intensive care (ICU) or the emergency department (E.R.).
- Ambulatory health clinics are often specialized around care delivery. For example, there are freestanding surgical hospitals devoted to orthopedics and clinics that provide dialysis treatment—to name just two of the many options out there.
- Residential care and nursing facilities typically provide long-term care to the elderly and infirm. There are also facilities that offer rehabilitative treatment for patients trying to recover from surgery or a traumatic accident.
- Private medical practices are often the first point of care for patients. Many build long-term relationships with their patients, and you’ll find nurses working hard to build your trust and treat your illnesses.
While the settings for nursing vary, so too do the specialty areas you can pursue as an R.N. For example, you could pursue an Associates Degree (ADN) in nursing or a Bachelor’s (BSN), however many nurses stay in school or go back to receive a Master’s Degree (MSN). The MSN prepares you to take on supervisory and administrative positions within a healthcare setting.
Then there are the medical specialty areas to pursue. You could become a gerontology nurse and work with the elderly. On the opposite side of the spectrum, you could become a neonatal or a pediatric nurse. There are jobs and rewarding work for all of these professions—and more.
If you have a desire to heal and help people and are ready to change your career path, perhaps nursing is the right profession to consider. A.G. Globe is standing by to help you find your dream R.N. job. If you’re thinking about a career move, check out our job listings and get in touch with our team.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calls certifications “A fast track to careers.” It’s true that certifications can be an alternative way to earn the credentials you need to start a career. In healthcare, these certifications can also boost your existing experiences and credentials to fast-track you to a better job.
If you’re looking for ways to boost your resume while working in the healthcare field, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we will break down additional certifications you can earn to help you level up your career. If you’re looking for your next role in healthcare, get in touch with the AG Globe Services team today!
Top Resume Boosting Certifications in Healthcare
Healthcare certifications matter to employers. They show that you have the skills employers can rely upon. For healthcare workers who have been in the field for a time, they also show that you’ve made an effort to keep their skills up-to-date. Most credentialed professionals in healthcare are required by law to update their certifications periodically. If you’re looking to break into the healthcare field or modernize your existing skills, here are some certifications that matter to employers:
- CCS-P, Certified Coding Specialist Physician-Based
Coding, of course, is how physicians get reimbursed for their work. That makes the CCS-P designation particularly important if you’re trying to get a job in a physician’s practice or even an extensive healthcare system. This certification teaches you how to assign codes to particular treatments that doctors and midlevel practitioners perform.
- CPCT, Certified Patient Care Technician
The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) offers this certification, and these credentialed employees will be incredibly sought after in the coming years. CPCTs work closely with patients to provide the necessary care. This could include everything from bathing and feeding to administering doctor-prescribed medications. As the baby boomer population continues to age, having a CPCT under your belt means you will find meaningful work in the future.
- CET, Certified EKG Technician
EKG techs monitor heart rhythms via an electrocardiogram machine. With this certification, you’ll learn how to explain this vital heart monitoring procedure to patients, how to check blood pressure, place the EKG monitor leads on the patient’s body, and more. This is a quick certification that can add real value to your healthcare resume.
- CPT, Certified Phlebotomy Technician
Blood testing is the gold standard during diagnostic medical exams. A CPT is responsible for collecting these samples from a patient. CPTs also work in blood donation centers, collecting from donors for people in need. It’s a very important job that can be challenging to learn, so a CPT designation on your resume is highly valuable whether you are a nurse or a patient aide—or just a CPT. This certification teaches you safe and efficient blood collection procedures. As part of the credentialing process, you will practice drawing blood from patients.
While these are a few of the most important certifications that you can earn in healthcare, there are more available in this highly complex and exciting field.
If you’re thinking about a career move, check out our jobs listings and get in touch—AG Globe Services is here to help.