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Name: Respiratory Nurse
Description: Promotes pulmonary health for individuals, families, and communities, and cares for persons with pulmonary dysfunction throughout the lifespan. Respiratory Nursing may be preventive, acute or critical, or rehabilitative
Diagnoses: Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), TB, cystic fibrosis, respiratory failure
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse manager, supervisor, coordinator, director, executive, nurse educator, research nurse
Characteristics: Close patient and family relationships, collaboration, teamwork, teaching
Client age group: All ages
Drawbacks: Grief and loss, patient nonadherence to regimen, dealing with tobacco abuse
Desirable skills: Assessment, knowledge of oxygen therapies, assisted ventilation, and suctioning; ability to discuss smoking cessation techniques, ability to administer and teach pharmacologic interventions
Education: RN with AD, diploma, or BSN
Employers: Hospitals, extended care centers, private companies, health departments, office practices, clinics
Associations:
Respiratory Nursing Society
7794 Grow Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32514
888-330-4767 or 904-474-8869
 
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
401 North Michigan Ave. #2200
Chicago, IL 60611-4267
312-321-5146
Publications:
Perspectives in Respiratory Nursing (RNS Bulletin)
888-330-4767 or 904-474-8869
 
Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
608-831-6989