Nursing is an incredibly diverse profession with opportunities to grow in various specialty areas; cardiac care, education, labor and delivery, nursing management, and pediatrics, just to name a few. No matter the profession, most of us do not know exactly where we will end up in our professional careers, and overtime, our goals evolve and grow. (That's perfectly normal and to be expected!) A career in nursing allows you to explore your specific interests and passion for care while leaving plenty of room for exploration and growth. You can work where and when you want with many options for full or part-time positions.
To maximize your earning potential, though, you might want to look into certifications. Nursing specialists who obtain certifications typically earn more than those who have no specialty certifications. According to Monster.com, there are many popular certifications that can increase your value as a nurse while also helping you get a foot in the door of your desired specialty area. We've just begun to scratch the surface, but here are a few which can guide you along your nursing career path:
- CPHQ (Certified Professional in Health Care Quality) Going the extra mile to obtain health care quality certification shows your commitment to quality development measures and systems, which can eventually prepare you to take on an administrative role at your organization.
- CHPN (Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse) CHPNs are special kinds of people who work with grieving patients or patients experiencing terminal illness. They focus on physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
- CCM (Certified Case Manager) CCMs are encouraged to adopt a much more holistic approach to treatment of the patient. They are involved with the immediate needs of patients, but they also address less critical needs to maximize the overall health of patients.
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