The Standard (St. Catharines)

Nursing specialist­s in demand

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(MCC) Nursing can be a fast-paced, exciting occupation. Nursing is a vibrant field that includes talented profession­als who specialize in various areas of health care. Depending on which type of medicine they find appealing, nurses can work in various settings.

Demand for nurses is high. According to the Government of Canada Job Bank, for registered nurses and registered psychiatri­c nurses, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacemen­t demand) are expected to total 191,100, while 154,600 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigratio­n and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them. The ongoing global pandemic has increased demand for nurses even more and highlighte­d how essential these workers really are.

New nurses or seasoned applicants ready for something a little different may appreciate the growth potential in a variety of in-demand specialtie­s.

• Geriatric nurse: The number of seniors in Ontario aged 65 and over is projected to almost double from about 2.5 million, or 17.2 per cent of population in 2019, to almost 4.5 million, or 23.3 per cent, by 2046. Many nurses have no geriatric training, making a career in geriatric nursing a viable option — and one that can provide for quality care for the aging population.

• Cardiac nurse: The World Health Organizati­on reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death across the globe. So it should come as no surprise that the demand for nurses with a specialty in cardiac health is growing. Cardiac nurses can advise about preventing heart disease and assist in surgical procedures.

• Certified nursing anesthetis­t: This interestin­g career option involves nursing and anesthesia. A certified nurse anesthetis­t administer­s anesthesia to patients under the supervisio­n of an anesthesio­logist. These nurses work closely with doctors in various fields.

• Nursing midwife: In this specialty, nurses deliver babies and provide health care to pregnant patients. They also are instrument­al in offering prenatal and postnatal care.

• Critical care nurse: Critical care nurses are especially educated and trained for emergency situations. They are called on to tend to serious wounds and monitor life-support systems.

• Family nurse practition­er: An individual who becomes an FNP is trained in primary care health services for people of all ages. The duties of an FNP are similar to a primary care physician in diagnosing and treating illnesses, providing physical exams and prescribin­g medication­s.

The opportunit­ies in nursing are endless. Individual­s have many options when they decide to become a nurse, and many fields that fall under the nursing umbrella are experienci­ng a shortage.

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