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The “midwife” has been around almost as long as women have been having babies. The practice of midwifery has evolved over the years from the informal support of female friends and family members to the modern, certified nurse-midwives that obtain licensure after completing their nursing education. One thing has remained the same for centuries, however, and that is the valuable role that midwives play.

Respiratory Nursing

As of 2007, the U.S. Department of Health estimates that approximately 225,000 people die every year of some kind of respiratory ailment. Hundreds of thousands more live with the symptoms of asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, and other lung ailments. Quick and efficient treatment of individuals with these conditions is necessary to their survival and overall well-being, and those who have attained a quality nursing education are well equipped to fill one of the many nurse jobs that specialize in treating those with respiratory diseases.

Holistic Nursing

Holistic nurses, who commonly help treat patients with alternative medicine, treat all aspects of a person including the body, mind, emotions, relationships, and environment. A holistic nursing career involves clinical practice to fulfill physiological, psychological, and spiritual healing to the patient. It also includes conventional therapies. Holistic medicine is not always a replacement for traditional medicine, but in fact, it is often a complement to it. According to the American Holistic Nurses Association, one of the most famous nurses of all time, Florence Nightingale, is considered to be one of the first holistic nurses.