In 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!201 Careers in Nursing

JOB DESCRIPTION

A bariatric nurse provides holistic care to those patients who have a diagnosis of morbid obesity. It also includes care of patients undergoing bariatric surgeries.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation and Basic Life Support certification are required; certification as bariatric nurse is offered by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

  • Excellent assessment and critical thinking skills
  • Sensitivity to the needs of patients who are morbidly obese, and their families
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice related to bariatric medicine

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

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