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!
A burn treatment nurse practitioner assesses, manages, and evaluates the care of patient in a burn unit. Other responsibilities include health teaching, discharge planning, and coordination of care of patients in a burn unit. Administrative responsibilities include participation in research activities, providing training and lectures at partner institutions or community groups, and participating in quality improvement projects or activities.
Registered nurse preparation and Nurse Practitioner certification are required; at least 2 to 3 years acute care experience preferably in intensive care unit is highly desired in most positions; Advanced Burn Life Support course is available from the American Burn Association.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
- Excellent assessment and critical analysis skills
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Sensitivity to the needs of patients and their families
- Advance knowledge and training in burn and pain management
- Ability to work in a team
- Leadership and organizational skills
- Ability to identify and intervene when critical deviations in patient conditions are noted
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS