Hyperbaric Nursing

Become a Hyperbaric Nursing

Hyperbaric nurses provide care and services to patients requiring hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or the medical use of high levels of oxygen. Hyperbaric chambers treat illnesses where the body needs more oxygen than it would normally metabolize (such as carbon monoxide poisoning). This treatment can help diabetic foot ulcers, compromised skin flaps and other wounds. Hyperbaric nurses accompany their patients into the hyperbaric oxygen chambers during their treatments, which involve a pressure chamber and a means of delivering 100% oxygen to the patient. Operating the chambers requires a crew of health professionals, including registered nurses. Many hyperbaric nurses are certified as wound care nurses as well.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN AT LEAST 1 YEAR OF HYPERBARIC NURSING EXPERIENCE
  • EARN YOUR CHRN AND OTHER CERTIFICATIONS AS DESIRED

Typical Tasks

  • Performing daily assessments
  • Operating the oxygen chambers
  • Monitoring patients during treatment
  • Explaining the treatment steps

 

 

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient centers

Certification

RN, Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse (CHRN), Advanced Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse (ACHRN), Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse Clinician (CHRNC).