201 Careers in NursingIn this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

BASIC DESCRIPTION
An author/writer is a registered nurse who works in any area of writing. This written material may be used in research, biomedical research, education, training, sales and marketing, and other medical mediums and communication forms. Writers need the ability at times to work with voluminous technical information. Authors or editors may write for medical and general interest publications, freelance, professional organizations, and medical trade journals.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Registered nurse preparation is required; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or higher, is often also required.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

  • Good command of the English language
  • Ability to work alone
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Health care–related knowledge

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS