Nursing Nuances: 4 Kinds of Nurses for Today’s Healthcare Needs
As the health care industry continues to expand, the demand for nurses continues to grow. Here are four nursing jobs that offer career stability, excellent salaries and plenty of advancement opportunities.
Emergency Registered Nurses
There are many types of registered nurses, including emergency room RNs who treat incoming patients experiencing sudden injuries or illnesses in hospital ERs. Every day, they encounter patients with various medical conditions who need to be quickly assessed and stabilized. ER registered nurses need to calmly handle high-stress scenarios while making accurate, decisive clinical decisions. Likewise, critical care RNs provide long-term care for critically ill or injured patients. Most of these RNs work in hospitals, but some work in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
Medical Procedure RNs
Certain RNs specialize in specific medical procedures and operations. For example, labor and delivery RNs care for mothers and their newborns during labor, childbirth and post-birth. Labor and delivery nurses do everything from inducing labor to timing contractions to educating new mothers. On the other hand, post-anesthesia care RNs work with only patients after they regain consciousness from anesthesia-induced surgery. Surgical RNs provide direct care to patients during medical procedures. They are usually the surgeon’s top assistant who ensures that rooms and equipment are properly prepared.
Travel nurses may be either LPNs or RNs who temporarily work in different health care facilities. Some travel within their state, but others travel across the country for months at a time. Travel nurses perform standard nursing duties, but they are always expected to supplement staffing needs in new facilities. As a result, they must be flexible, learn quickly and be comfortable with change. Nurses who prefer to stay local may become home care RNs who visit and care for patients in their own homes. These patients usually care for patients with mobility restrictions, developmental delays or geriatric needs.
Nurse supervisors manage employees and oversee the patient care services. They also perform administrative and human resource duties. Nurse supervisors recruit, train and retain nurses through providing professional development and advancement opportunities. Nurse case managers coordinate long-term care for patients in specific medical or demographic groups. They may work only with cancer patients, the elderly or with inner city youth. Nurse case managers need excellent scheduling, organization, coordination and time management skills. Nurses with supervisory duties will most likely need to complete a master’s of science in nursing program.
Additional nursing careers include staff, dialysis, neonatal care and advanced practice nurses.