Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Community Health Nursing (and a shout-out to Katie!)

In my previous post about job opportunities for new grads, I neglected to mention another career path in nursing that is oft-overlooked by students. Katie R., public health nurse extraordinaire, reminded me that community health and public health nursing are career paths that are available to new nurses. Health care is increasingly being provided in settings other than hospitals, whether it be in a client's home or in the booming business of assisted living or 55+ communities. (It's a little disconcerting to think I'm less than one year away from qualifying...for the 55+ community, that is). Partners has a year long orientation program for new grads who are interested in home care, which suggests that there is still a nursing shortage in that area. And if you doubt that public health nursing is a growing industry, then you've been living in a cave for the past month or so.....

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