What Does a Pulmonary Care Nurse Do?
A Pulmonary Care Nurse specializes in the care of patients with respiratory disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and pneumonia. They may also care for patients requiring ventilator support. Their responsibilities include conducting respiratory assessments, monitoring pulmonary function, administering medications, providing oxygen therapy, and educating patients on lung health and disease management.
They work closely with respiratory therapists, pulmonologists, and other healthcare providers to develop and implement care plans aimed at improving respiratory function and patient quality of life. Pulmonary Care Nurses play a critical role in both acute care settings, such as hospitals, and outpatient care settings, such as pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
These nurses must have a comprehensive understanding of pulmonary medicine and be adept at managing complex respiratory conditions. They are integral in helping patients achieve optimal lung health and in managing chronic conditions effectively.