Hyperbaric nurses work in a highly specialized and challenging field that caters to specific medical ailments. Hyperbaric nurses work with hyperbaric chambers which are actually decompression chambers. The website www.onlinenursingdegrees.org says that these chambers simulate a deep-water dive environment but they have been used to treat the symptoms of a variety of medical issues using high pressure oxygen. Some illnesses such as decompression sickness or the “bends” can be treated with decompression chambers. Other patient conditions that can benefit from decompression chambers include carbon monoxide poisoning anemia and some types of burns and other wounds. There is some risk to individuals working with hyperbaric chambers because oxygen is flammable and exposure to high-pressure oxygen could have some side effects for those working with it. Nurses that work in the field are licensed LPNs or RNs. For low level work there is no additional formal degree but those at more advanced levels must get certified by the industry that produces decompression chambers. In addition certification can be earned from the Baromedical Nurses Association Certification Board (BNACB) at a standard level but after sufficient experience at an advanced level. Once they become certified hyperbaric nurses must earn continuing education credits in order to apply for recertification. Qualified hyperbaric nurses are in high demand because there are not very many of them. According to the website www.simplyhired.com pay for hyperbaric nurses varies depending on employer location and experience. However the average annual salary is approximately $71000.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Performs nursing duties in a decompression chamber.
Administers high-pressure oxygen treatments.
Works with single and/or multiple patients at any given time.
Assesses patients' conditions before, during and after treatments.
|Also Called:||Hyberbaric Medical Professional
Decompression Chamber Nurse