16 FOCUS ON EDUCATION | 2018 | www.advanceweb.com pursue those credentials. While some specializations require advanced degrees, such as a master’s or even a PhD, others require a bachelor’s or continuing education certificates. Research the programs that are available, both online and in the classroom. Online education options can accommodate a range of schedules and offer maximum flexibility for working nurses. Find a program that is right for you for both short- term scheduling and long-term career growth. There are organizations for practically every specialty these days that can offer good opportunities to network with other nurses in the field as well as provide the latest information through newsletters, speaker sessions, and conferences. Consider becoming involved in an organiza- tion that is focused on the specialty you are interested in. Doing your due diligence and demonstrating your knowledge in a specialty will add depth to your CV and show a potential supervisor and/or employer that you are not only driven, but also knowledgeable about the job you are seeking. HOT SPECIALTIES IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS Hospitals employ nurses in the widest range of specialties, including ICU, labor and delivery, and surgery and dialysis, to name just a few. There are many other options to consider in a hospital setting. Two newer nursing specialties in hospitals that have become particularly popular in recent years are informatics and patient quality, safety, and satisfaction. As hospitals work to manage mounting healthcare needs and expec- tations, they have employed a growing number of nurse informaticists, whose jobs combine nursing, technology, and data analysis. With the tremendous rise in the use of electronic health records, nurse infor- maticists are tasked with managing data efficiently and effectively to improve patient care. As technology evolves, so will the demand for this specialized group of nurses. Hospitals (and insurance companies) have been focusing more and more on quality control, and have even begun tying successful patient outcome to payment in some cases. Opportunity has arisen for nurse specialists who focus on preventing medical mistakes that have a negative impact on patient recovery. There are now entire departments of nurses in hospitals that are responsible for infection control and reduction of medical errors, as well as patient satisfac- tion. This new trend makes patient quality, safety, and satisfaction a hot field to enter. ADVANCE IN AMBULATORY CARE Ambulatory care nurses work directly with diverse populations across a range of settings, and have responsibilities which include both pre- ventative and acute-care treatment. Unlike many nurses in hospital settings, ambulatory care nurses can develop long-term patient rela- tionships and focus more on general health education across their patients’ life spans, all while maintaining a more consistent schedule, without shift work. Due to the outpatient nature of ambulatory care, nurses can work in a vast range of facilities, including physician offices, urgent care centers, public health clinics, home health, hospice, and palliative care. Many opportunities exist within this specialization. START THE SEARCH AND FIND YOUR TRUE CALLING The average person spends more time at work than they do anywhere else except in bed sleeping. It’s imperative that you find a job that is not only intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding, but also fits into your life in a way that makes sense. Success is tied to sat- isfaction, and without a job that you really love, you will never be able to achieve your full potential. So ask yourself what you really want, and then go get it! n Karen Ouzts, PhD, RN, APHN-BC is the program director of Walden University’s RN-BSN completion program. She also teaches various courses, including public health nursing. Join Us For An Open House To register, please contact Allie Ittoop at 212-616-7282 or Allie.Ittoop@helenefuld.edu Industry leader with 70+ years experience providing quality nursing education. 24 East 120th St., New York, NY • www.HeleneFuld.edu • 212-616-7282 LPN to RN Program Monday, September 17, 2018, 11:30 AM Thursday, October 18, 2018, 1:00 PM Thursday, November 29, 2018, 1:00 PM RN to BS Program Monday, September 24, 2018, 11:30 AM Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1:00 PM Generic BS RN Program Tuesday, November 27, 11:30 AM Ranked #1 in the Nation SPECIALIZATIONS  |  FOCUS ON EDUCATION RECRUITERS ARE ONLINE LOOKING FOR YOU advanceweb.com/events an Elite CE Company