What's it like to be a Clinical Nurse?
A Clinical Nurse is a senior Registered Nurse who has usually completed postgraduate study in order to take on additional roles within the healthcare setting.
Tasks and duties
- Recognise, observe, identify, investigate and provide medical support to patients with complex critical health problems.
- Monitor patients for any acute changes in their condition and/or deterioration and determine appropriate individual treatment plans.
- Update and maintain health records in accordance with rules and guidelines, and act as a role model for less experienced staff.
Clinical Nurses are trained to analyse complex health problems, identity a solution or treatment plan, and analyse and interpret clinical data in conjunction with other health professionals.
Working in a variety of settings, Clinical Nurses often specialise in treating various health issues and disease such as within oncology, radiology or mental health situations.
What can I earn as a Clinical Nurse?
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How to become a Clinical Nurse
- Complete a postgraduate qualification in clinical nursing. This is likely to be a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing.
- Clinical nurses can specialise in a number of different areas, such as adult psychiatric and mental health, diabetes management or adolescent mental health. Some clinical nurses may further their career by becoming a nurse unit manager or a clinical nurse consultant
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