Nursing specialist

What does one do in this profession?

Nursing specialists care for and support people of all ages in the fields of nursing, pediatric nursing, and elderly care. In basic care, they assist people in need by helping them with bed positioning, eating, and personal hygiene. In ambulatory care, nursing specialists also work with family members, teaching them nursing techniques, for example. They provide treatment in coordination with attending physicians, such as dressing wounds and administering intravenous therapy, drawing blood, and performing punctures.

Additionally, they assist with medical examinations, administer medications or injections prescribed by physicians, and prepare patients for surgical procedures. Nursing specialists also assume organizational and administrative tasks such as determining the need for nursing care and planning, coordinating, and documenting nursing measures. They also assist in patient admission, quality assurance, and management of drug inventory.

Requirements

  • Empathy and communication skills (e.g. in dealing with patients and family members)
  • Carefulness and sense of responsibility (e.g. when documenting nursing measures)
  • Emotional stability (e.g. in dealing with seriously ill or dying patients)
  • Good physical condition (e.g. when repositioning patients)
  • Confidentiality (e.g. in handling patient data)

Workplaces

Nursing specialists primarily work:

  • in patient rooms on hospital wards
  • in examination, treatment, and care rooms
  • in patient homes (for ambulatory care)
  • in offices or station rooms.
Nursing specialist