The Changing Role of Nurses in Health Care

Traditionally speaking, the nursing role was one that did not participate in discussions on care management. Today, however, as our healthcare system continues to evolve and become more complex, more and more medical providers are realizing the value nurses bring to workflow design.

Given all the new healthcare imperatives that have come to fruition in recent years because of healthcare reform, the primary care gap in this country is growing. To help bridge the gap, many healthcare providers are taking a more coordinated, team-based approach to care—where nurses are empowered to be involved in every aspect of patient care.

In 2012, H&HN magazine published an article on the changing role of nurses that discusses how when nurses have more responsibility over care management and a louder voice in workflow design, not only does public health improve, the entire health system also becomes leaner and more effective.

These days, it is more commonplace for nurses to serve as care coordinators, health coaches, disease managers, and community liaisons.

Alternative Nursing Careers

If you love the thought of becoming a nurse but don’t love the idea of working in a traditional hospital setting, the good news is that the nursing profession is more diverse than ever.

You can use a B.S. in Nursing degree to become a:

  • Healthcare Educator, teach and inspire the next generation of nurses
  • Research Analyst, assist healthcare facilities in acquiring services and technology
  • Medical Sales Representative, assist healthcare providers in buying equipment
  • Nursing Informatics Analyst, manage healthcare information for facilities
  • Nurse Coach, help companies improve employee wellness
  • Academic Nurse Writer, author chapters in medical textbooks
  • Hospice Nurse, keep patients as comfortable as possible during their final days
  • Legal Nurse Consultant, serve as an expert witness for attorneys

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