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Types of Nurses

Addiction Nursing

Addiction is a disease with which many individuals struggle. It takes a variety of forms, and the severity of the condition differs from person to person. When addiction is mentioned, what most often comes to mind is dependence on alcohol and other controlled substances. However, some addictions are difficult to detect. [read more]

Agency Nursing

Agency nurses, also referred to as supplemental nurses, work with an agency to fill temporary nursing positions. These nurses move from place to place, rather than working for a single organization. While some may choose to pursue agency nursing as a solution to being unable to find permanent employment with one organization, [read more]

Ambulatory Care Nursing

Ambulatory care nursing is a specialty within the industry that is characterized by the rapid-paced, focused assessments of patients; translating and teaching about the prescriptions so they become doable activities for caregivers and patients; and maintaining long-term relationships with nurses, patients and families. [read more]

Anesthesia Nursing

Nurse Anesthetists are nurses who have completed additional education and certification in order to specialize in administering anesthesia. These individuals must earn a graduate level degree and are considered to be advanced practice nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, most Nurse Anesthetists are employed by physicians' offices, though they are also employed by a variety of other organizations. In 2012, the BLS estimated that around 34,180 CRNAs were employed nationally. [read more]

Cardiac Care Nursing

Cardiac care nurses, or cardiovascular nurses, play an important role in healthcare. They specialize in caring for patients that suffer from conditions such as heart attacks or chronic heart disease. These nurses not only have to be experts on cardiovascular function, but they must also be knowledgeable about any conditions resulting from heart disease or malfunction and know how to help patients understand their conditions. Experience is a definite advantage in cardiovascular nursing, as these nurses often care for patients facing life or death situations, but it is never too early or late to pursue an career in this field. [read more]

Cardiac Catheterization Lab Nursing

A cardiac catheterization lab nurse is commonly referred to as a cath lab nurse, and plays a critical role in diagnosing and treating heart conditions. These individuals are registered nurses who work in the specialization of heart disease and diagnosis. It is essential for nurses in this nursing occupation to stay up to date and current with the technology as it is always changing and advancing. [read more]

Case Management Nursing

Nurses in the field of case management are responsible for providing care to patients who receive long-term treatment. Case management nurses also usually specialize in one area, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, or HIV/AIDS; and they work closely with patients, doctors, and other caregivers to coordinate care and manage costs. In many cases, the patients cared for by case management nurses have complex needs. They might see a variety of specialists or need frequent treatments or procedures. Case management nursing is a complex and multi-faceted field in which nurses are likely to have a long-term working relationship with patients or clients. [read more]

Certified Registered Anesthetist Nursing

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a licensed nurse similar to an anesthesiologist who offers anesthesia services. [read more]

Clinical Research Nursing

Nurses are primarily responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of diverse populations; however, there are different nursing career paths beyond these traditional functions. [read more]

Correctional Nursing

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Critical Care Nursing

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Emergency Nursing

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Flight/Transport Nursing

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Forensics Nursing

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Gastroenterology Nursing

Gastroenterology nurses, also referred to as endoscopy nurses, work with physicians in an effort to treat and diagnose patients with conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract and the digestive system. These types of conditions include abdominal pains, cancer, ulcers, and reflux. Other types of conditions that are a regular part of this specialization include the removal of foreign bodies, dyspepsia, dysphagia, and carcinoma. [read more]

Geriatric Nursing

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HIV/AIDS Nursing

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Holistic Nursing

Holistic nurses, who commonly help treat patients with alternative medicine, treat all aspects of a person including the body, mind, emotions, relationships, and environment. A holistic nursing career involves clinical practice to fulfill physiological, psychological, and spiritual healing to the patient. It also includes conventional therapies. Holistic medicine is not always a replacement for traditional medicine, but in fact, it is often a complement to it. According to the American Holistic Nurses Association, one of the most famous nurses of all time, Florence Nightingale, is considered to be one of the first holistic nurses. [read more]

Home Healthcare Nursing

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Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing

Hospice and palliative care nurses provide care to patients who are incurably ill. These nurses focus on symptom control and quality of life care to help their patients spend their remaining days as comfortably as possible. Since 2008, nearly one million people have availed themselves to hospice services—over one-third of those diagnosed to be dying of incurable illness. Hospice care is a part of palliative care nursing. Medicare regulations define hospice care to be care administered during the last six months of life. There are currently over 4,700 hospice programs in the United States administering the hospice concept of care, 80 percent of which occur within a patient’s home setting. [read more]

Infection Control Nursing

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Informatics Nursing

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Intravenous Therapy Nursing

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Legal Nursing

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Long-Term Care Nursing

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Medical Assistant

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Medical Surgical Nursing

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Military Nursing

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Neonatal Nursing

What is Neonatal Nursing?

Neonatal nursing focuses primarily on the care of newborn infants during the first month of life. These infants may have a variety of conditions requiring care, including prematurity, birth defects, and heart malfunctions. Typically, neonatal nurses care for infants from birth until they leave the hospital. Infants who are very sick from birth may need neonatal nursing care up to age 2.

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Neuroscience Nursing

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Nurse Practitioner

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The “midwife” has been around almost as long as women have been having babies. The practice of midwifery has evolved over the years from the informal support of female friends and family members to the modern, certified nurse-midwives that obtain licensure after completing their nursing education. One thing has remained the same for centuries, however, and that is the valuable role that midwives play. [read more]

Occupational Health Nursing

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Oncology Nursing

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Parish Nursing

Parish nurses provide pastoral nursing, not hands-on care. They are registered nurses who provide education, counseling, referral, advocacy and volunteer coordination. [read more]

Pediatric Nursing

Pediatric nursing provides specialized care to children, infants and adolescents. A pediatric nurse also provides special care to children who suffer from critical illnesses related to cardiology or oncology. [read more]

Perioperative Nursing

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Primary Care Nursing

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Psychiatric Nursing

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Public Health Nursing

Public health nursing is a nursing specialty concerned with offering nursing services to improve the overall health of a community. A public health nurse can work in a public health clinic, where he or she can provide low-cost or free medical services to people who come from low-income backgrounds. Treatments at a public health clinic can consist of routine vaccinations, physical examinations, and other basic health services. Additional services that are available in public health clinics are things like educational classes for the community including baby care and nutrition. Public health nurses can also choose to work in a healthcare policy setting, where they assist in designing policy and approaches to tackle the health of a local community. Public health nurses may also be employed by the government, where they work to address public health concerns. [read more]

Radiology Nursing

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Rehabilitation Nursing

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Respiratory Nursing

As of 2007, the U.S. Department of Health estimates that approximately 225,000 people die every year of some kind of respiratory ailment. Hundreds of thousands more live with the symptoms of asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, and other lung ailments. Quick and efficient treatment of individuals with these conditions is necessary to their survival and overall well-being, and those who have attained a quality nursing education are well equipped to fill one of the many nurse jobs that specialize in treating those with respiratory diseases. [read more]

School Nursing

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Telephone Triage Nursing

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Transplant Nursing

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Trauma Nursing

Trauma nursing is also called emergency nursing. As students will learn in nursing programs, trauma nursing is a nursing career where nurses care for and look after patients in the emergency or the critical phase stage of their injury or their illness. [read more]

Travel Nursing

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Urology Nursing

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