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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


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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    about 7 years ago


    Hey i dont see Medical Assistant as a career?

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    about 7 years ago


    One area in nursing encompasses most of the above areas. That is WRITING about health care, writing about nursing, explaining 'doctor-speak.' In our practice, we teach this every day. Submitting articles to nursing journals doesn't pay well, but it can lead to very rewarding and meaningful work, if you're lucky enough not to have to rely on this fulll-time.

    That said, there are many nurse who do this full-time, working as clinical nurse editors and contributing editors. Who do you think contributes often to the Prevention magazines, the AARPs, WebMDs Women's Health, etc. of this world? So, if writing interests you, nursing is your passion, take a writing class or 2 and begin submitting articles and surf for information on freelance medical writing.

    Start by honing your writing skills and developing 'ins' with editors.
    A few links:


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    over 7 years ago


    very very informative

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 7 years ago


    very very informative

  • Char_syringe_max50


    over 7 years ago


    Thanks for the the suggestion Marieke! that is the term used by the association that provides accreditation in that specialty - the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, but I know that there are other common variants of each of these specialties. Regarding the discussion, I created a category for Neuroscience Nursing - you could be the first one to post.

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    over 7 years ago


    Why is it Neuroscience Nurse and not Neurology/Neurosurgery nurse?
    I'd like that as a specialty for discussion as I am interested in going into that when I graduate next May...

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