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Become a Nurse - Career Specialties

Become a Nurse - Career Specialties

Most registered nurses choose to follow a career path focused on a specific nursing specialty that fits their personality and intellectual interests. Some specialties involve being certified by a professional board or association which will often increase a nurse’s wages and long-term promotion potential. Below are links to several profiles of popular nursing specialties. Each profile includes the average salary and educational requirements for nurses in that specialty field. Links to related professional organizations are also provided. For more generalized information on choosing a specialty, see “Find your nursing niche” and “Find a Nursing Specialty”.

Advanced Practice Nurse

Ambulatory Care Nurse

Camp Nurse

Cardiac Care Nurse

Case Manager

Certified Nursing Assistant

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Community Health Nurse

Correctional Nurse

Critical Care Nurse

Dermatology Nurse

Developmental Disabilities Nurse

Diabetes Management Nurse

Emergency Nurse

Flight Nurse

Forensic Nurse

Genetics Nurse

Geriatric Nurse

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Gynecology/Obstetric Nurse

Hematology Nurse

HIV/AIDS Nurse

Holistic Nurse

Home Health Care Nurse

Hospice/Palliative Nurse

Infection Control Nurse

Informatics Nurse

Infusion Nurse

Labor and Delivery Nurse

Lactation Consultant

Legal Nurse Consultant

Licensed Practical Nurse

Long-Term Care Nurse

Managed Care Nurse

Medical-Surgical Nurse

Military Nurse

Neonatal Nurse

Nephrology Nurse

Neuroscience Nurse

Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse Administrator

Nurse Attorney

Nurse Educator

Nurse Entrepreneur

Nurse Midwife

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Researcher

Occupational Health Nurse

Oncology Nurse

Ophthalmic Nurse

Orthopaedic Nurse

Otorhinolaryngology (Head and Neck) Nurse

Pain Management Nurse

Parish Nurse

Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Nurse

PeriAnesthesia Nurse

Perinatal Nurse

Perioperative Nurse

Plastic Surgery Nurse

Poison Information Specialist

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Nurse

Pulmonary Care Nurse

Radiology Nurse

Rehabilitation Nurse

Reproductive Nurse

School Nurse

Sports Medicine Specialist

Sub-acute Nurse

Substance Abuse Nurse

Supplemental Nurse

Surgical Nurse

Telemetry Nurse

Telephone Triage Nurse

Toxicology Nurse

Transplant Nurse

Trauma Nurse

Travel Nurse

Wound and Ostomy Nurse


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    jimb4522

    almost 3 years ago

    18 comments

    There is so many different fields that you can go into when you want to be a nurse. A lot of these are high paying jobs which you want. You just need the education then take the job. Eyeglasses

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    Arabella

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Very interesting this article. I'll show him and my girls to see what it is. It was my pleasure to visit this site.This is a very nice job that benefits you and makes you happy moral. A pleasant day. email marketing softwares

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    JoeLee

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I've been working at a clinic in Houston Houston Weight Loss where I've gather a good level of experience, but now I'm not sure on what direction to proceed. Great post by the way, I'll search for more inputs!

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    Srijanalama

    almost 3 years ago

    20 comments

    Really a very noteworthy topic. Thanks a lot for this wonderful info.

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    michelleanishton

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    is it possible?

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    nrocha0428

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    having your CNA license will help you. I didn't have mine, but I got my QMAP certification instead, which I am actually glad I got that instead. The facility I worked in didn't have CNA's only RA's, I think CNA's work as QMAP's in nursing homes as well which is the ultimate experience before starting nursing school. (just in case, a qmap gives meds, which is a huge part of nursing. you will already be familiar with drugs and care before starting school which will help you out a ton. Also working with the elderly is very good experience). Good Luck! Oh and also, I have trouble getting in classes as well, be ready to register right when registration opens up. Have your semester planned out and literally at the computer because everyone is fighting for it!

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    diemeli1020723

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Its really hard right now to take preq's classes right now for nursing because there's not enough classes being offered. I was thinking of completing a semester's worth of classes to get my certificate as a nurse assistant and continue to take my preq classes. That way by the time I've completed my preq's and ready to submit my application my experience as a nurse assistant will increase my chances of getting accepted. is this a good plan?

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    NurseCatherine

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am considering Medical-Surgical and Surgical nursing. i know that I want to work in a hospital, and those two specialties are particularly interesting to me.

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    New to the nursing field...I will be going to get an Accelerated BSN. I'm leaning towards either NP or CNS.

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    mely2006

    over 4 years ago

    86 comments

    I'm a first year nursing student, but quite confused on which field to go into. Help anyone?

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    cfl

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm having trouble deciding whether to pursue a nursing or teaching career. The thing is I absolutely love kids, I realize both are very similar in comforting and inspiring kids. I'm thinking of being a camp nurse or a traveling nurse. If anybody has any advice I would greatly appreciate it!

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    HerbalNurse

    almost 5 years ago

    466 comments

    I do love the fact that we have so many choices.

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    otey_2006

    almost 5 years ago

    60 comments

    Great link and awesome example of why I chose nursing, it's a diverse field. You can go into more than one area. :)

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    michelleansley

    about 5 years ago

    16 comments

    i like the diversity that this article gives, it covers just about every nursing field out there and allows you to see first hand what your options are, what to expect, what the average going rate of pay is. I REALLY like this link.

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    rn2bjenny

    about 5 years ago

    14 comments

    Medical assistants are very helpful and necessary. I am appreciative of all the hard work they have to do. I belive the reason the Medical Assistant is not listed here is because they are not required to be liscensed. It is highly recommended, but not required. Also, school is not a guarantee in making a critical thinker. Some people can think critically very well without the benefit of going thru a licensed nursing program. On the same wavelength, one of the reasons for going thru a licensing program is to gain knowledge that your critical thinking skills can rely on to obtain the results needed for patient care. So, yes, there is a difference between Medical assistants and LVNs and RNs, etc but they are all equally necessary. One should not be deemed a "lower" form of nurse ever. I've got a great idea...why don't we all be team players instead of doing what we're accused of doing...eating our own.

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