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10 Hottest Nursing Specialties for 2010


Registered nurses still constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.5 million jobs and growing — and 2010 promises to create even more opportunities.

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.

As 2009 comes to a close, NursingLink examines the 10 hottest nursing specialties of 2010 based on job growth, salary and popularity:

• Home Health Care Nurse

• Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

• Holistic Nurse

• Advanced Practice Nurse

• Correctional Nurse

• Nurse Practitioner

• Parish Nurse

• Outpatient Medical-Surgical Nurse

• Psychiatric Nurse

• Critical Care Nurse – Clinical Setting

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