Pandemic drives increased demand for nurses in behavioral health

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, one nursing role that is in particularly

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, one nursing role that is in particularly high demand is the psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner. This is an advanced practice nursing role that is one of the highest paying nursing careers in psychiatry, as well as extremely demanding. Therefore, it might not be the right fit for everyone.

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While challenges are many for nurses providing behavioral health care, “the pros of working in mental health are the immediate rewards one can have for helping someone through crisis,” Burger said.

“Nurses who choose to work in mental health tend to be very empathetic, patient and have a deep desire to help people navigate the messiness of life,” she said, adding that the challenges of working as a nurse in mental health care include “the energy it takes to draw patients from their darkness. It is both mentally and physically demanding at times and, based on the level of aggression from patients, can be a dangerous line of work.”

Burger advises prospective psychiatric nurses to have “a strong support system and network of their own, such as a counselor. Caring for the mentally ill can be emotionally draining, and you need to be able to offload those emotions in a healthy manner. Don’t be afraid to set strong boundaries with your patients but know how to stay open and connected with your family and friends.”

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In addition to a strong support system, what else do nurses need to be successful in the field of psychiatry? In her experience, Burger said, valuable skills for nurses in mental health care include empathetic listening skills and the ability to set boundaries. Available certifications sought by employers include psychiatric-mental health certification for RNs and NP psychiatric-mental health certification.

Job functions for a psychiatric nurse vary by practice setting, patient mix and volume of patients. Employers of psychiatric nurses include medical offices, hospitals, addiction/rehab centers, prison systems, schools, public health, government and more — from inpatient psychiatric facilities to emergency departments to doctor’s offices and specialized clinics, including federally qualified health centers.

“Many psychiatric trained nurses work in pain management clinics, as the behavioral aspect of chronic pain is just as important and the physical challenges,” Burger added. “Most state-run governmental institutions employ psychiatric trained nurses, too.”

Outpatient psychiatric nurses may see patients in an office setting to review efficacy of medications and any side effects they may be experiencing, as well as administer long-acting injectable medications. Psychiatric nurses in the inpatient setting may administer medications, develop treatment and care plans along with the medical team, and lead group discussions. Psychiatric nurse practitioners provide behavioral therapy and prescribe medications.

Compensation for nurses in psychiatry and mental health care varies by experience and education, with advanced practice nurses and RNs typically earning more than vocational nurses, as is the case in most nursing specialties. The growing demand for health professionals in psychiatry has been driving up compensation for nurses in behavioral health. As of this March, Indeed.com reported the average salary for psychiatry nurses is $76,525 annually. Additionally, psychiatry is the second-highest paying specialty for nurse practitioners, according to NPhub.com, which reports that psychiatry NPs earn an average of $139,976 annually, second only to nurse anesthetists.

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At 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month , for example, the Athens-based Oconee Rivers Audubon Society holds a virtual presentation on topics like “Birds and Butterflies of Honduras.”","_id":"CD3WPJCTUJHLFFH7WBWAKUTA5Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1617103454087,"type":"text","content":"The chapters also serve as clearinghouses for bird-oriented volunteer opportunities, like sprucing up local pollinator gardens or helping with annual bird counts.","_id":"AM56SZLMENHI7GE3Q2ODWNBZDM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1617103454088,"type":"text","content":"A one-year National Audubon Society membership will cost $20, and confers benefits that include the magazine and email invites to guided bird walks.","_id":"VWOA7XOMWFC7DHLUZGEWO3UPCY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1617103454089,"type":"text","content":"Get the apps","_id":"EEDLE7I5GZAHXO54RD4PL3QR34","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1617103454090,"type":"text","content":"If smartphones are your thing, there are also apps that aid the bird-watching hobby.","_id":"NHA4KVQH6NCDPCQIRRKZSHJ4YA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1617103454091,"type":"text","content":"The free Go Outdoors GA app has a Georgia birding trails component that lets you keep a checklist of the birds you’ve spotted on each trail and check out other people’s sightings, for example. 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It also was strongly tied to the intensity of a subject’s COVID-related trauma — the amount of time spent caring for COVID-19 patients and the number of patients who died, for example. 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Similarly, physicians, nurses and other front-line health care workers often are reluctant to admit they’re suffering from a mental health condition and seek help. 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And at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, a peer support program run by the psychiatry department is expanding to meet demand and teaching other hospitals how to develop similar programs, according to George Everly, a professor at the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.","_id":"GITFKMQRZRCKHKNO4IL73HCSTI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1616071597129,"type":"text","content":"Ranney, of Brown University, said that unless more hospitals, medical practices and insurers start recognizing that investing in their providers by eliminating unnecessary administrative work, allowing more workers to take sick and personal time off and offering confidential mental health services, the number of people willing to work in medical professions will continue to shrink.","_id":"JSUPONAZFFADFDHNVONTUH43GI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1616071597130,"type":"text","content":"The Association of American Medical Colleges, a nonprofit organization that serves medical schools, predicted in June that the nation would experience a severe shortage of physicians in the coming years. 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They include: The virus isn’t any worse than the flu. It’s caused by 5G wireless towers. Masks won’t help and may hurt. Or, the most painful to her: The virus isn’t real, and doctors and nurses are engaged in a vast global conspiracy to hide the truth.","_id":"47OICQKEYBAXHMFUTIGDLOTVCY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615896911408,"type":"text","content":"“It just feels so defeating, and it makes you question: Why am I doing this?” said Ogle, 40.","_id":"WBMJ32SR7VAIFOGGEB472U2HPQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615896911409,"type":"text","content":"Nurses are often the health care providers with the most patient contact, and patients frequently view nurses as more approachable, according to professor Maria Brann, an expert on health communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 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Many nurses are feeling the impact of severe burnout on their professional careers and their personal lives. Today, it’s almost difficult to recall life in the “before times” – before COVID, before overcrowded hospitals, before lockdowns. 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Now, that figure has grown to 70% of nurses who report experiencing burnout as of January 2021, according to a recent COVID-19 update from the International Council of Nurses.","_id":"3TUTANJORVBJPMF57DRXX2LFQM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802802,"type":"text","content":"Evolution of COVID-19 burnout","_id":"SKXSS6TWUNHD3CECSE73B4OM6E","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802803,"type":"text","content":"Before the pandemic, many nurses already experienced high levels of burnout due to staff shortages, long hours, and the stressful nature of caring for patients, especially the very sick or terminally ill. COVID-19 has intensified an already stressful career. “Nurses are experiencing a medical phenomenon with COVID-19 that most are trained for and never have had to actually experience,” Berman notes. “Over the last year, nurses have been subjected to emotional trauma in various waves and stages as the disease has developed from unknown threat to a widespread, infective killer,” and nurses’ fears and sources of stress have evolved and intensified over the course of the pandemic.","_id":"KUNYNE3YFFAVDPKUHFQHJYAPSY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802804,"type":"text","content":"“The psychological trauma has morphed from the fear of the unknown into dealing with the ripple effects of a pandemic that’s been met with limited resources (PPE gear, treatment, vaccinations), minimal government intervention to help stop the spread, and an opposition from citizens to take simple and effective safety precautions for themselves and others, including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing recommendations,” Berman explains.","_id":"6GODYIUURJD45EDCLNSCVH7WIQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802805,"type":"text","content":"This trauma, she says, manifests as a result of pandemic-induced situations and circumstances nurses are experiencing on the job such as:","_id":"L2DVECJJ6RA3XGJARAVT3NGYJA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802806,"type":"text","content":"· Medical staff rationing care due to the high level of COVID-19 patients in need","_id":"7I6IEWYEMVFZHDH6DMO2P77RD4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802807,"type":"text","content":"· Guilt of working with COVID-19 patients and unknowingly infecting others","_id":"XBZXRDAF35AA5FDUWUYWNQNTWA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802808,"type":"text","content":"· Dealing with their own COVID-19 symptoms and rehabilitation if they themselves were infected","_id":"SBXTYCX5XRERBJENYSIKXCRFPE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802809,"type":"text","content":"· Watching hundreds of patients die due to this disease","_id":"XYLD2OFUJFFOHDMNRHR5KNGPTM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802810,"type":"text","content":"Additionally, “whereas at the beginning of the pandemic, health care workers were treated as heroes…there’s been a noticeable shift from some people who now rally against nurses and doctors who view them as infringing on their personal rights and freedoms,” Berman adds. “Imagine…your job is to save lives and protect others, and then you’re mocked and ostracized by the very people you’re trying to save.”","_id":"P42UMEFGANF4LMZSHYHAQRNIUE","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"S4WLNOJ3SFF2VKTKVZ34NKGGJA","type":"interstitial_link","content":"The 5 most common signs of nursing burnout","url":"https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/the-most-common-signs-nursing-burnout/xMXZ7MKMfWDhftwUphuz3I/","_id":"IDB4VHPKXBEELASAUJQEACW7MM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802811,"type":"text","content":"Symptoms and consequences of COVID burnout in nurses","_id":"SVO3UOQ7MNBQ3CC6S352QIBII4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802812,"type":"text","content":"How do nurses know if they are experiencing burnout versus other mental health issues such as depression?","_id":"O2FHYZCWFVEPTIMK75YSMWG7O4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802813,"type":"text","content":"“When feeling burned out, nurses can feel physically and emotionally exhausted, lack interest in or empathy toward patients and co-workers, and have inadequate feelings of one’s competence or performance. For example, burned out nurses’ exhaustion may not be corrected with just a good night sleep or regular breaks,” Wei explains.","_id":"VWCB4TZUU5GLJAF5KPFWH6K3UM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802814,"type":"text","content":"Wei, who has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and reports on the topic of burnout among nurses and the health care workforce, including this one for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), adds that failing to address burnout can lead to a long-term detriment. “Stress and burnout, if not managed, can lead to cognitive dysfunction, depression, and impaired sleep. These symptoms can affect nurses’ professional and personal life. Nurses may not [be able to] fulfill their daily life functions, family obligations, and professional duties, affecting their work performance and patient care quality,” Wei states.","_id":"2XTI4KCKWNCNRIFIQLSW5C5GGM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802815,"type":"text","content":"Is COVID-related burnout different from the burnout nurses experienced before the pandemic? Experts say yes. “The main difference I’m witnessing between ‘common’ [pre-pandemic] burnout versus COVID-induced burnout is that COVID-related burnout can potentially create and develop long-lasting and detrimental psychological effects on the human psyche,” Berman states. “Common burnout is extremely serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly, but is also treatable with expert medical assistance and a regimen that includes a regular sleep schedule, change in food/alcohol intake, reevaluation of schedule and commitments, and other tangible and daily implementable changes,” Berman adds. “With COVID burnout, nurses and medical professionals are dealing with never-before-seen situations every single day that include life or death situations. And while the prospect of death is nothing new to working in medicine, COVID has exacerbated and heightened this culmination of physical and psychological exhaustion to levels unseen before.”","_id":"XUF6PA3ETRGDZH5Y4MTWJBZIBA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802816,"type":"text","content":"Tips and resources for nurses to combat burnout","_id":"CGLENPUDVRAMTNKYB67QTMONSY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802817,"type":"text","content":"As physical, mental, and emotional wellness are closely interrelated, a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to alleviating burnout is recommended, utilizing a variety of resources and tactics to address the physical and psychological impact of burn-out.","_id":"VBTHDXKHPZFZ7KYI4X6WP3PFD4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802818,"type":"text","content":"Holly Wei recommends addressing the burnout problem in these three areas:","_id":"NL6MV2HSC5HDBNP3DCHRCLOEEM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802819,"type":"text","content":"“First and foremost, nurses need to create meaning in what they do, especially during this difficult time when they face uncertainties and feel helpless and hopeless,” Wei advises.","_id":"6B6O7IQYXNGV5HOMLEXNONVJVY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1615332802820,"type":"text","content":"“Secondly, we [nurses] all need to connect with energy sources. 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She was inspired, witnessing the efforts of the incredibly talented NICU nurses. “These kind and compassionate ‘angel’ nurses comforted, educated, celebrated, and advocated with, and for, my nephew and family,” Edgecombe says. To her, the team of NICU nurses seemed “extraordinary [and] larger than life, [like] angels in human form,” she recalls.","_id":"ZHON524SC5HPPHTCMEIBIOX6ZY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612980712869,"type":"text","content":"Edgecombe was so impressed with how the nurses cared for her tiny baby nephew that she aspired to become health care heroes like them, to one day help babies and their families in need of critical care. 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Hawthorne has observed firsthand the quality of care Edgecombe provides and the level of emotional support she offers to the babies’ families as well as the patients themselves. “Monique has a strong history of helping babies with difficult family situations,” she says. “Monique is extremely kind, tenderhearted, and has no problem showing love not also to her babies she cares for, but also to [the babies’] parents.”","_id":"YNCSNMI7OFDUXEAKAKRF2KEPRQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612980712872,"type":"text","content":"One particular patient made a major impact on Hawthorne and her NICU team, including Edgecombe. “Kaiden came to us from an outlying NICU, intubated and dependent on a ventilator,” Hawthorne recalls. The 23-week preemie had a history of severe lung disease and his physician had recommended a tracheostomy. Kaiden’s mother was a young single mom who had lost her own mother at an early age, and she only had one aunt left in her family. 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I know that I can be strong for them, with a soft place too… I care deeply and can share that with patients.” Additionally, Edgecombe sincerely values the “ethics and dignity of nursing and patient care . . . we are educated to heal holistically and to put patient needs first,” she says.","_id":"2Y3WXTTQA5D5TAOJSMO656LHD4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612980712876,"type":"text","content":"No nursing career comes without challenges. “The toughest thing about being a nurse is that you can’t save everyone,” says Edgecombe. “Not just in speaking about life and death, but sometimes you can’t reach a person’s ‘personal’ hurt. The grief that patients and parents endure is deep. As a nurse, we are trained to help, and we can be a support, but at times it is hard because you can’t make it better,” she continues. “Another challenge is seeing babies alone for days, weeks, months in the hospital all alone, and you can’t influence parents to visit their babies more often.” Edgecombe’s heart breaks for these babies because a nurse can’t replace a baby’s parents. “Even when nurses do their very best to be a mommy for babies who are alone in the NICU, it’s not enough.” NICU babies need their parents. 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Priscilla Hall is busy as a midwife researcher and senior instructor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. At home, though, she’s on her own, and she says one day can start running into another. 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McCann and a few friends think it’s “pretty fun” to get together virtually or to gather with social distancing and all watch edgy (adults-only) comedians from “Girls Gotta Eat” or Heather McMahan’s “Absolutely Not.” She says, “I have ‘quaran-teamed’ with two of my school friends so we could keep our sanity and not be totally devoid of all human interaction during COVID,” she says. “But you can also watch them from your own homes simultaneously if you aren’t comfortable going to each other’s houses.”","_id":"DYXIKBKM3BGBDOCPEQ4MIFYK5Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612979565046,"type":"text","content":"Tie some knots. McCann has also picked up macramé as a pandemic wind-down recently. “To me, it is mindless but also productive,” she says. “I usually listen to podcasts while I do it or sometimes use it as my meditation time. I make plant hangers since I am also a dedicated plant mom. 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The Red Cross is a humanitarian mission that provides a wide variety of crucial services including disaster response, blood donation drives and collection, health education, and aid for military families.","_id":"6IYPWVK2BBGVTFNZB2KJ2XZ4ZE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611893482134,"type":"text","content":"American Heart Association – The American Heart Association’s mission is “to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.” Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association has a long history of combating heart disease, one of the world’s leading causes of death. The American Heart Association frequently hires professionals with a nursing background, including a current opening in Atlanta for a Science & Medicine Advisor, National Hypertension Initiative.","_id":"P3KZ4TDFPNGONN766NQYYKVDPQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611893482135,"type":"text","content":"Hemophilia of Georgia – HoG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services and support for people who have hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease, and other inherited bleeding disorders, according to their website. Additionally, HoG is a state chapter of a national organization, and therefore they are able to provide resources and support to hemophilia patients and their families throughout Georgia with large-scale resources and national support. HoG describes its careers as “rewarding job[s] with a great team of enthusiastic co-workers.” They have several openings for Outreach Nurses currently listed on their careers page.","_id":"OLFPZ4ISJFHYVKJI5S5HGDPLNA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611893482136,"type":"text","content":"“I first heard about Hemophilia of Georgia from former co-workers who had joined the organization. I was looking for a full-time job as a RN, but needed more flexibility to care for my children,” states Nancy McLaughlin, RN, BSN, outreach nurse at Hemophilia of Georgia. “Most hospitals primarily have 12-hour shifts which can make childcare challenging. When the opportunity came up to work at HoG, I jumped at it. Every nurse that I worked with previously who had gone to HoG was still there and they all loved it. Some of them have been there over 14 years now!” McLaughlin will celebrate her fourth anniversary with HoG this March.","_id":"FRVYBU2ENFDQXM64JPMM4CFCWI","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"34JBVRBUAJD27P3IFRL5FS4YTU","type":"interstitial_link","url":"https://www.ajc.com/pulse/tips-for-newbie-nurses-starting-during-the-pandemic/PR3PAWPHJRHC7I4673V7D2KR4I/","content":"Tips for newbie nurses starting during the pandemic","_id":"UIYSYUVEDVC73DRWJGDTWGZTJY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611893482137,"type":"text","content":"In addition to the work-life balance, McLaughlin also enjoys the intrinsic rewards of working for a nonprofit organization. “As nurses at HoG, we have the opportunity to help families grow from a place of fear and uncertainty in their diagnosis to becoming confident and self-assured that they can manage their bleeding disorder and have a full life,” she explains. “We form long-term relationships with families, and are able to help our clients at all different stages of their lives. 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Some mid-career nurses are also seeking new opportunities after the chaos and crushing stress of COVID-19. If you’re a member of either the aspiring newbie or job-changer nurse groups, consider learning more about the ambulatory nurse path.","_id":"EE44HTG25ND5NHM5VK7KAWCJ34","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593910,"type":"text","content":"According to RegisteredNursing.org, “Ambulatory care is a great specialty for licensed RNs of any background, since the type of care provided can be so broad. It’s also ideal for those coming out of nursing school who don’t want to work odd hours or be in a stressful hospital environment.”","_id":"T67QOS2LLJECZEM4BGRW32VNMM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593911,"type":"text","content":"Here’s more about the ambulatory nurse career path:","level":2,"_id":"5DITZFE4SBBO3CINDA3VMXP3PI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593912,"type":"header","content":"What do ambulatory nurses do?","_id":"QF5NOU5AM5FNLHGBOBFHU27YAI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593913,"type":"text","content":"This ever-expanding nursing niche typically involves helping patients who require routine medical care for acute and chronic illnesses. The work is defined more by the setting than specific duties. Essentially, the job title covers nurses who work in non-acute surgical and diagnostic outpatient facilities — and does not apply to those who do their jobs at hospitals and other traditional inpatient settings.","_id":"TTITRE4NCFFM3I2L2GTIBI46FA","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"OFMWPJDXXRAPLF2DE6TCUIAWII","type":"interstitial_link","url":"https://www.ajc.com/business/employment/seeking-nurse-jobs-traits-look-for-good-employer/OuqRnVr9tFaPLZqySI8m6I/","content":"Seeking nurse jobs? 4 traits to look for in a good employer","_id":"CVWNXG3U5JEHDP5GMHFOEHA4TU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593914,"type":"text","content":"Beneath the “outpatient” umbrella, though, the job sites and responsibilities are far-ranging and diverse. Just a few of the places these nurses work include primary care, military clinics, managed-care facilities, ambulatory centers, community health hubs, infusion or dialysis centers, urgent care and telehealth.","_id":"IHNPPSL23NH43AQSHSFEY22BAI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593915,"type":"text","content":"As for the duties, in a nutshell, as per RegisteredNursing.org, “Ambulatory care nurses see a variety of patients for things like routine care, injuries, chronic or acute illness, and more, and may specialize in things like pediatrics or other niche areas. These nurses must have astute, multidisciplinary clinical knowledge to be able to assess and expedite appropriate care.”","_id":"4FLAWDTHABBATN2YM3UDKVLTVM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593916,"type":"text","content":"Quarantining and the need to contain health care costs have spurred telehealth options, leading to an increase in ambulatory care nurses practicing via “telehealth encounters that occur across distances in the virtual environment,” according to the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.","level":2,"_id":"7QTL47CTUNDPRLHVAKKWDT2CBQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593917,"type":"header","content":"Are ambulatory nurses in demand?","_id":"M2XRT7LGS5EUXLZB3IQPJPXH7A","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593918,"type":"text","content":"If you want to pursue this specialty, you can be confident in a steady stream of job possibilities, even more than just the ordinary accelerated RN job growth.","_id":"XYNVNOPQUBGH7CP32VG4RNAA34","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593919,"type":"text","content":"According to NurseJournal, part of the increased demand comes from an altered patient pool, different than it was even 10 years ago. “Patients today often are sicker and have more chronic diseases,” it said. “Still, stays in the hospital are shorter, and complex medical procedures often are done on an outpatient basis. So the need for ambulatory nursing care is on the upswing.”","_id":"HTAIGUHI2JAVTP5MBQLW4EOMGY","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"EI2XGSB2VZFPBKYZIPF2TEKGWA","type":"interstitial_link","url":"https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/almost-never-hurts-ask-negotiating-your-nurse-salary/UFCHFGWmEu4m8Iprlr8zcO/","content":"It (almost) never hurts to ask: Negotiating your nurse salary","_id":"HLLE6KMO6ZE7DEB4TWV5NBAHLY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593920,"type":"text","content":"The Bureau of Labor Statistics is also predicting increased job demand for registered nurses in general, and those who work in outpatient settings in particular. The BLS projected employment of registered nurses to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.","_id":"TFOVW2DLNVEGPOCUCOYFCMEM5E","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593921,"type":"text","content":"In outlining the reasons for this growth, the BLS continually referenced ambulatory care nurses. “The financial pressure on hospitals to discharge patients as soon as possible may result in more people being admitted to long-term care facilities and outpatient care centers and in greater need for healthcare at home,” it said. “Job growth is expected in facilities that provide long-term rehabilitation for stroke and head injury patients and in facilities that treat people with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, because many older people prefer to be treated at home or in residential care facilities, registered nurses will be in demand in those settings.”","_id":"YW23CBWMCVENNPOHQBS325BL6I","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593922,"type":"text","content":"The government labor trend prognosticator also predicted nursing job growth to be “faster than average in outpatient care centers, where patients do not stay overnight, such as those that provide same-day chemotherapy, rehabilitation, and surgery. In addition, a large number of procedures, including sophisticated procedures previously done only in hospitals, are now done in ambulatory care settings and physicians’ offices.”","level":2,"_id":"EZCV5QUK6ZFAFB2UDSV3AZXEPI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593923,"type":"header","content":"How much money do these nurses make?","_id":"DMSTP7T2BFFOJECOVW6RNFNHKM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593924,"type":"text","content":"Because the job descriptions and levels of education for nurses on this career path vary a great deal, it’s hard to determine a meaningful salary range for those aspiring to the specialty.","_id":"Q6MMU7JWGVEGLK4DD4NQQLAYC4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593925,"type":"text","content":"But to give you a very general idea, the national average salary for an ambulatory RN is $65,870 in the United States, according to Glassdoor, while the average base pay for a licensed practical registered nurse at an urgent care is $41,917.","level":2,"_id":"Z5RMKEPF75GAXC4I7HGFFAMPI4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593926,"type":"header","content":"What education is required?","_id":"ULHKZMQYD5CGTJ5FFRCURUMS3I","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593927,"type":"text","content":"Most of the jobs in acute care can be filled by licensed practical nurses or registered nurses, though nurse practitioners frequently work in outpatient settings as well.","_id":"ASF4W5X6ZNBOLBWVX2LN6DXAXY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593928,"type":"text","content":"According to RegisteredNursing.org, “Ambulatory care nurses are licensed RNs who have earned an ADN or BSN degree. Depending on where they are employed, or if they have a special focus, an ambulatory care nurse may need to hold at least a BSN or higher. Ambulatory nursing is a great starting point for new nurse grads to gain experience and decide if they want to specialize in anything; it’s also ideal for those who know they want to work regular day-time hours.”","_id":"4N4OIOMURFFF3ER3FWIS6AEFWM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593929,"type":"text","content":"After earning a degree and passing the NCLEX-RN, nurses are eligible to be hired in ambulatory care. “With a few years of experience, they can go on to become certified in the specialty,” RN added.","_id":"MHGQTEXUIZFRRHXT2CVBIJ5LNI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593930,"type":"text","content":"To be eligible to sit for the Ambulatory Care Nurse Certification Exam, RNs must have an active license and at least two years of full-time RN experience, 2,000 hours of clinical practice and 30 hours of continuing education in ambulatory care within the previous three years.","level":2,"_id":"VOVCEFZL3RF6PDMXIRGOFCCEA4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593931,"type":"header","content":"What traits or experience would give you an edge?","_id":"HCHL7B36WJGXBN2PXUDJYRFGD4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593932,"type":"text","content":"Even with plenty of jobs, it’s easier to get hired and also to excel at being an ambulatory care nurse if you’re comfortable with constant one-on-one interaction and able to advocate for others.","_id":"4HRPV2QWBRD3BDYG27GUB27DWA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593933,"type":"text","content":"According to the AAACN, “Ambulatory care RNs interact with patients during face-to-face encounters or through a variety of telecommunication strategies in the virtual environment, often establishing long-term relationships.”","_id":"24R2CMGX4ZGM3EREKACX4PNL3Q","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"7MAQHCZJBJFPPD3HVRXRPQXWNI","type":"interstitial_link","url":"https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/health/not-just-for-recent-grads-why-nurses-need-linkedin-and-how-use/1zm14jce42PMh2Ry7BxFaO/","content":"Not just for recent grads: Why nurses need LinkedIn and how to use it","_id":"6K6M6WVEZ5BC7JPZ6SB3MHUUS4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593934,"type":"text","content":"It helps to be proficient with telecommunications or willing to learn, too. “Telehealth nursing is an integral component of professional ambulatory care nursing that utilizes a variety of telecommunications technologies during encounters to assess, triage, provide nursing consultation, perform follow up and care coordination,” the AAACN added.","_id":"O4LX6VEFA5AFXLJPHSLV4M64XI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593935,"type":"text","content":"And this specialty is also calling all nurses who are willing to blaze trails and set standards. As health care shifts away from a predominantly hospital setting, NurseJournal added, “RNs need to go with it. There will be many new opportunities for nurses in places that did not even exist five years ago and outpatient facilities will make up many of them.”","_id":"E6DYWJRTNBADDALEDTMEJFZEAE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940593936,"type":"text","content":"“Ambulatory care nurses are highly skilled in the assessment of patients, are able to work in diverse settings, and can implement all kinds of nursing interventions,” according to NursingJournal. “To be a good ambulatory care nurse in this new age of health care, you will need strong clinical and advocacy skills to deal with the diverse settings in which you will work. 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