Nursing Student: Can a Person with a Trach Work in the Hospital? - page 3

Dear Nurse Beth, I recently found out that I would need a permanent tracheostomy. I have one more semester left of nursing school (rn) before I graduate, but I have taken a leave from school to... Read More

  1. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from DiplomaNurseRN
    There are many jobs for nurses aside from direct patient care; advocacy, audit, investigation and case management to name a few.
    Unfortunately the OP does not have any bedside experience which makes her an unlikely candidate for many of the non-bedside positions. That being said I do not want to give the impression that I do not think she will find a place in nursing with her disability. She will just have to be very creative and may have to do some serious marketing of her abilities.

    Again, I think her best option will be a career with a patient education/advocacy focus particularly within the arena of her current diagnosis and other things pulmonary. I can only imagine what a positive impact she could have talking to patients/families who are dealing with these kind of diagnoses and their ensuing issues.
  2. by   Archerlpvn
    Maybe in a clinic of some sort performing telephone triage?
  3. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Archerlpvn
    Maybe in a clinic of some sort performing telephone triage?
    No! Why do people keep assuming that telephone triage requires no experience? Believe it or not, when a nurse is assessing a patient telephonically (which is much harder to do than in person) and making decisions about the next course of action he/she is actually working at the top of his/her license. True telephone triage requires finely honed assessment and critical thinking skills that only actual patient care experience provides. I'm sure there are places that use inexperienced people but doesn't make it right.

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