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One of the most interesting and challenging careers in nursing is the field of forensic nursing.

Nurses who are trained to become forensic nurses play a vital role in the collection of evidences that can be used in
courts of law, and at the same time forensic nurses may be asked to testify in trials of their jurisdiction. Duties of
these nurses also include determination of origin or circumstances of the situation, evaluation and alleviation of crime
victims injuries, and rehabilitation of criminals. Because the field of practice of forensic nurses is diverse, their
functions may encompass the following:

Domestic violence

Emergency trauma

Sexual assault nurse examiners

Legal nurse consultants or attorneys

An oncology nurse is a nursing professional who specializes in caring for patients undergoing or
recovering from cancer treatments. Like other nurses, oncology nurses work under the supervision of
doctors, specifically those who are managing a patient's cancer treatment strategy. Oncology nurses may
also administer radiation therapy, antibiotics, chemotherapy and blood transfusions to patients.

Desirable Coping with death and dying, well defined philosophy about life, death,
skills: and suffering, people skills, strong support system
Neonatal nurses specialize in caring for premature and critically ill newborns. The role of a neonatal nurse
is to provide immediate medical attention to help save these babies lives. Some methods typically used
by neonatal nurses are devices that provide breathing assistance to the newborn and IV feeding lines.
The neonatal nurses goal is to bring the baby up to health by increasing body weight and stabilizing any
conditions that are out of the ordinary. Neonatal nurses create a medical plan for monitoring and
improving the babys condition and then put the plan into action under the supervision of a physician.
Once the at-risk newborn has been stabilized the neonatal nurse will educate the mother on how to care
for the baby after leaving the hospital.

Neonatal nurses monitor infants for signs of distress, oversee their feeding and administer IVs.
Nurses also work with new parents, educating them about how best to care for their newborns,
particularly if they will have ongoing health issues after discharge from the hospital
Neonatal medicine is the field that cares for infants during the first 28 days of life and deals with treating
healthy babies and those in need of extra care. Neonatal nurses are a member of the health care team
responsible for caring for babies in neonatal wards and nurseries

Job Duties

Providing optimum patient care is the primary responsibility of this job, and expertise in a
wide range of nursing specialties is necessary. Supervising less experienced nurses is often also
part of the job.

Skill Requirements

Working equally well independently or as part of a team is required for an agency nurse.
Adapting to new environments and working well with unfamiliar associates is also necessary.
Additionally, exemplary communication skills with patients and medical personnel are required.
A company nurse, more commonly known as an occupational health nurse, works with an employer to
establish a healthy and productive work environment. She engages workers in planned programs to
promote a healthy lifestyle and good work-home balance.


A company nurse may be hired to deliver direct care to ill or injured employees. He may also
serve as a researcher and analyst to identify risk factors in the workplace.


Company nurses can be found in virtually any setting where people work. Some are
employed in service industries such as hospitals, while others deliver care in factories or at
construction sites.

An intensive care unit (ICU) nurse's position requires a person with a lot of patience and understanding in
dealing with critically ill patients. He has to work as part of a team in order to carry out his duties
successfully. An ICU nurse is a registered nurse with many years of experience.

Desirable Skills

An ICU nurse should have knowledge of surgical, medical, and intensive-care nursing skills.
Excellent communication skills are a must have as well the ability to quickly define and solve issues
or problems.

Responsibilities and Duties

An ICU nurse provides nursing care to critically ill patients in the ICU. He keeps all his
patients under close observation and administers prescribed medications and treatments. He
provides assistance to the doctor or other medical personnel in the assessment of patients and
delivery of treatments, such as dressing wounds, and monitors the life support equipment that
patients use. He provides the patients family with support as well as education on how to give care
to an invalid. He carries out both physical assessments of patients upon admission to the hospital.
An ICU nurse should also be able to give direction and guidance to other licensed nurses and
nursing assistants in the ICU wing. He should be able to draw blood from both a central and arterial
line, as well as give medication. He is responsible for assigning duties within the ICU and monitoring
the telemetry.