Welcome to the different levels of
healthcare and nursing specialties.
So let's take a look at different types
of nursing and all the various settings
that you may want to practice in.
The first one to discuss is acute care.
This is very popular because it includes
settings such as the ER, for example, the ICU,
or even medical surgical settings.
Just know when we're talking
about nursing in this setting,
it's usually taking care of
patients for a short term stay.
Now, if you take a look in the middle
here, also there are rehabilitation
or restorative type settings
that we can practice in.
So this is just that, that we are focusing
on the patient, sometimes after acute care
to focus on those rehabilitative therapies
that are important to maintain their mobility,
or to strengthen so they can
perform their activities of daily living.
So a lot of the times this type of nursing is
going to focus on really the physical therapy aspect,
occupational and speech therapy.
But nursing works alongside of these
different disciplines to support the patient.
Now, next, you see here
skilled nursing facility.
So this is a really important type
of nursing because many times
after the patients in the acute care setting, they need
a little bit longer of those acute care interventions
before the patient goes home.
Sometimes they just need a little bit
more time with their disease process
before they can transfer safely in discharge.
So this is care provided by professionals.
Now it's really important to know
that skilled nursing is important here.
So we can do advanced level care, and also
include those different therapies to treat conditions.
And again, this can also include
physical therapy, occupational and speech.
So just know many times from
acute care, you can go from
rehabilitative or restorative care before home,
or acute care to skilled nursing
facilities and then the home.
And don't forget home care once you get there.
Sometimes this includes things
as just simply giving antibiotics
that as a nurse, you go and
implement these for your patients.
Maybe we're watching certain types
of lines or different type of wounds,
and we're maintaining these
in the patient's home setting.
Now next, as a nurse, you can make
a large impact as a community nurse.
We're really looking at larger populations here,
and this may be like a health department type setting.
And don't forget if you decide to advance your
degree, there's advanced practice that can include
all kinds of different settings
as an advanced practice nurse.
This can include anywhere in the acute
care, skilled nursing, Urgent Care, doctor's office,
and the scope of practice is
larger here for these nurses.
And don't forget the very important
type of nursing as case management.
Many times these nurses are pivotal
to help the patient get what they need,
different equipment, supplies, different therapies,
or even just transferred to the right type of care
after the acute care setting.
And also remember for nursing, we have
different specialties that are emerging nowadays
such as informatics and also legal consulting.