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Nursing


Nursing involves assessing, treating, caring for and supporting patients’ medical needs.

SPECIALTIES AND DUTIES:

NURSE PRACTITIONER

  • Diagnose, treat and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes.
  • Conduct physical exams.
  • Order, conduct and interpret laboratory tests such as x-rays.
  • Prescribe and administer certain medication.
  • Conduct minor surgeries such as sutures.


GENERAL NURSE

  • Review patients’ medical history.
  • Monitor patients’ and record important changes.
  • Provide treatment and care.
  • Administer and monitor intravenous drugs.
  • Monitor equipment.
  • Conduct paperwork such as release forms.
  • Advise patients’ on proper healthcare and wound treatments.


MIDWIFERY

  • Diagnose, monitor and care for women during pregnancy.
  • Identify risks in pregnancy and refer to other professionals if necessary.
  • Supervise and assist in childbirth.
  • Give advice on antenatal, postnatal and child care.


PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE

  • Assess health issues in schools and communities.
  • Refer patients to specialist services where necessary.
  • Provide advice and education on disease prevention.
  • Administer immunization.
  • Follow up on patients with chronic diseases.


MENTAL NURSE

  • Admit and diagnose client.
  • Conduct follow-up treatment.
  • Administer medication and observe client.
  • Monitor nutrition of client.
  • Monitor the social interactions of client.
  • Ensure client is visited by relatives so family therapy can be administered.


There are a number of other Specialties in Nursing, some of which include:

RENAL NURSING
Renal/Nephrology nurses focus on working with patients who have kidney disease, which is typically brought on by diabetes, hypertension and/or substance abuse.


INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (ICU) NURSE
Provides extensive care for patients with serious illnesses.


PAEDIATRIC NURSES
are responsible for overall patient care of infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric nursing jobs exist within pediatrician offices, medical clinics, hospitals, community centers, schools and day cares. This branch of nursing demands that pediatric nurses are patient, nurturing and observant of injuries and illnesses that commonly occur within younger patients.


ONCOLOGY NURSING
Is prepared at the Post Basic level to provide high quality care to patients/clients in any healthcare setting, who have been diagnosed with cancer at any stage of its development.


INFECTION CONTROL NURSE
Is prepared at the Post Basic level to provide high quality care to patients/clients in any healthcare setting, who have been diagnosed with cancer at any stage of its development.


DISTRICT HEALTH VISITOR
Is a nurse whose job is to visit people in their homes and offer advice on matters such as how to look after very young babies or people with physical disabilities.


TRAUMA AND EMERGENCY NURSE
at this level provides emergency nursing care through the application of the nursing process to patients of all ages requiring stabilization and/or resuscitation for a variety of illnesses and injuries.


CRITICAL CARE NURSE
is prepared with the knowledge and skills to treat the acutely or critically ill patient/ client in any setting with the appropriate technology within the healthcare environment.


SCHOOL NURSE
is a health professional that has successfully completed the prescribed programme in School Nursing. Facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.


ENROLLED NURSING ASSISTANT

  • Serves as a general assistant to a Registered Nurse.
  • Oversees personal hygiene of patients.
  • Takes simple readings from patient such as weight, height, and blood pressure.
  • Dresses superficial wounds.
  • Reports changes in patient’s conditions to Registered Nurse.


PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT

  • Assist the Registered Nurse with non-clinical duties such as changing linens and assisting patients at meal time.
  • Assists in the maintenance of patient’s personal hygiene such as trimming nails, shaving and baths.


QUALIFICATIONS:

REGISTERED NURSE

  • Five (5) Ordinary Level subjects in G.C.E or C.X.C. (inclusive of English A, Mathematics and a Science)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • Registration with the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Three to five years clinical experience is required before moving onto a Specialty.

ENROLLED NURSING ASSISTANT

  • Three (3) Ordinary Level subjects in G.C.E or C.X.C. (inclusive of English A)
  • Successful completion of the Nursing Assistant Training Programme conducted by the Ministry of Health.
  • Registration with the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago.

PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT

  • At least a School Leaving Certificate.
  • Successful completion of the Patient Care Assistant Programme.
  • Registration with the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago.

PROFILE

The following personal qualities are essential to becoming a successful Nurse:

  • Communication and people skills including good listening skills.
  • Time management and organizational skills.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Empathy and patience to deal with nervous clients.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Cleanliness.
  • Manual precision.

 

 



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