A lot of nurses work in hospitals so that they can take care of sick people and help them get better, but they don’t work in just hospitals… Nurses also go to homes where there are sick people. Others lend a hand to doctors and dentists. And still more work in medical clinics, schools, stores, factories, war zones, and aboard ships, trains, helicopters, and airplanes. Nurses can be found anywhere their skills are needed, like in big cities, tiny towns, on farms, and everywhere on earth.
As well as taking care of people who are sick, nurses help people who are healthy to stay healthy. They teach kids and grown-ups how to protect their bodies from diseases. Nurses who have advanced learning can teach in schools and in colleges of nursing. Some nurses with high clinical skills have started their very own clinics, giving patients services such as physical examinations, nutrition and mental health counseling. The two most popular groups of nurses are professional nurses and technical nurses. Professional nurses are generally former students of four-or five-year college programs. Technical nurses are graduates of two-year neighborhood colleges or three-year hospital programs.
different group of nurses, called practical nurses, complete a training
program that usually lasts 1 year. Practical
nurses perform lots of tasks that let professional and technical nurses go
do other things that requires more skill and preparation.
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