Registered nurses specialize in various fields to provide acute care to patients in segments such as children and adolescent care (pediatrics), elderly and adult (gerontology), newborns (neonatology), and much more. The pediatric nursing program provides specialized training to provide care to children, infants and adolescents.
The registered nurse who helps doctors in the general practice of medicine is probably the kind of nurse most familiar to the general public. Anyone who is interested in pursuing a nursing career, however, understands that nurses can specialize in nearly every form of medicine and work directly with patients and diseases on which a particular form of medicine concentrates.
The decision to become a nurse of any variety is an honorable one. Nurses are so often the first and last faces a patient will see in a doctor’s office or hospital, and perform their jobs with such competency and good will the patient is often set at ease by these people.
Hospice and palliative care nurses give respite to the incurably ill. They concentrate not on cure, but on symptom control and quality of life care to help those with an incurable illness facing end-of-life issues to spend their remaining days as comfortably as possible, usually in their own homes.