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RN jobs with high amount of patient/family teaching

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by Junebug0710 Junebug0710 (Member) Member

Junebug0710 has 2 years experience and specializes in Medical-surgical telemetry.

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Hi everyone,

I am a nursing student and have found that I absolutely love patient and family teaching more than anything. I was wondering what type of nursing specialties have this...one of my teachers mentioned becoming a Certified Diabetic Educator, but I was wondering what other jobs/specialties would fit this as well, including jobs that require advanced degrees. What do you guys think?

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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OB!! HUGE amounts of patient and family teaching. Even things like - how to change a diaper, bathe a baby, DRESS a baby. Things you wouldn't ever think of. Lots and lots of new parents have not the faintest idea how to care for a baby.

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umcRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I work in a nicu and we do a TON of teaching before discharge, as is often heard on my unit "discharge starts the day of admission" and it doesn't matter if its a 23wk preemie bound to be with us for months or a full term hyper-billi baby, all parents get lots of teaching

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Dazglue has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN.

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Postpartum is one I know. You will be surprised how much people don't know. Never assume. Some people have never even held a baby and are terrified.

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Mrs. SnowStormRN is a RN and specializes in Mental Health, Medical Research, Periop.

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Community Health Nursing is a nice broad profession that sounds like a good option for you. Many of the nurses who work in community health centers (aka health departments) do tons of teaching on safe sex, importance of vaccinations and immunizations, breast feeding, nutrition (through WIC programs),and the list goes on and on. Of course we teach everyday in all fields of nursing :) Much luck to you!!!

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ThePeony specializes in lactation.

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I work for a health dept, basically all I do is educate. I love it.

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Nurse_Diane has 10 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in psychiatry.

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There is a good deal of patient teaching in home health.

Yup, also home hospice. I'm a bit partial :nurse:

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brillohead has 5 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Cardio-Pulmonary; Med-Surg; Private Duty.

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In addition to OB/Postpartum, you could get a masters in midwifery and do female healthcare across the lifespan. Lactation specialist would be another option.

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SpEdtacular has 7 years experience and specializes in ED, ICU, Progressive Care, Informatics.

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Progressive care is a great area for patient teaching. These patients have a wide variety of problems and are usually in the hospital for longer than your average patient so tons of time and opportunity.

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