Nursing: Rewards & Challenges
An OnQ Series & Special Edition
When it comes to media coverage of health care, television viewers always see the doctors front and center. But ask medical professionals and patients about the true driving force - and they'll likely credit the nurses. OnQ's coverage examines a variety of nursing topics including the nursing shortage, the changing face of nursing and compelling nursing specialties.
The Nursing Shortage - Despite financial and other work incentives, some experts believe a nursing shortage will become a health care crisis in the years ahead. This report from OnQ's Michael Bartley begins this special series dedicated to the caring work of nurses.
Pediatric Nurses - Meet nurses who deal with the youngest of patients. From the ER to the neo-natal ICU, transplant ward to the cardio lab, pediatric nurses are on the front line of "family-centered care."
The Changing Face of Nursing - It used to be you'd find only young women on the job, but not anymore. More and more men are entering the nursing field. In this report, OnQ's Tonia Caruso introduces a local man who recently made a major career change.
Oncology Nurses - They handle everything from success stories to death sentences: nurses who deal with cancer every day. How do you measure the expertise and value of an oncology nurse? Ask the patient. This report focuses on a breast cancer survivor, her treatment nurse, and the Pittsburgh-based Oncology Nursing Society.
Military Nurses - Hospital Corpsman First Class Richard Weinmann is the U.S Navy's equivalent to an LPN or a paramedic. In 2005 and 2007, he served two tours of duty in Iraq helping wounded Marines and Iraqi citizens. OnQ's Chris Moore reports on the life-saving work of this military medic.
Nurses In Flight - Nursing work is tough enough on the ground, but imagine doing the job in a helicopter. OnQ follows a flight nurse on a STAT MedEvac patient transport.
Maternity Nurses - They're with you during momentous times in your life: the births of your children. OnQ captures the hard work and joy inside the Birth Center at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh's Oakland section.
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Discussion: Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing - Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, discusses careers, challenges and rewards in the nursing field.