What Does a Respiratory Nurse Do?
A Respiratory Nurse, also known as a Pulmonary Care Nurse, specializes in caring for patients with respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. They may also care for patients requiring ventilatory support.
These nurses are skilled in assessing respiratory function, providing treatments like inhalation therapy, monitoring patients during mechanical ventilation, and educating patients about their conditions. They work closely with respiratory therapists and pulmonologists to develop and implement care plans that aim to optimize respiratory health and improve patient outcomes.
Respiratory Nurses work in a variety of settings, including hospitals (particularly in intensive care units and pulmonary departments), outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, and home health care. They play a crucial role in the management of acute and chronic respiratory illnesses, helping patients breathe easier and achieve a better quality of life.