Top 10 Nursing Specialties

Nowadays, nursing is very much different from what they used to be. Before, nurses are task to do the basic things for a patient, generally. But now, there are different nurses for the many departments of the hospital, assigned to perform their specialties for the patient.

Nurses, especially the new graduates, can choose the best from this list that best suits their interest and skills. Nurses can continue their studies for their chosen specialty so as to increase too their chance of employment amidst the difficulty of being hired.

  1. Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetists (CRNAs). These nurses provide anaesthesia services not only during but also before and after the surgery.  CRNA is also recognized as the oldest group of advance practice registered nursing specialists.
  2. Nurse Practitioner (NP). Nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has additional education and training in a specialty area, like family practice or pediatrics.  
  3. Oncology Nurse. They are nurses who provide care for cancer patients and those who are at risk of getting cancer disease.
  4. Home Health Care Nurse. This is great for people who would rather work outside of a hospital. These nurses’ provide care and support for those who are recovering from a hospital stay, disabled, and chronically or terminally ill. They work with patients in their homes to give them assistance in their essential activities of daily living.
  5. Operating Room Nurse. OR nurses are also called scrub nurses or perioperative nurses.  These nurses provide much appreciated comfort and reassurance to patients before and after the operation. OR nurses are the primary assistant of the surgeon, and they work closely with team members to make sure that each operating procedure is safe and successful.
  6. Pediatric Nurse. They are nurses who care for children and young people, suffering from many different conditions. They work closely with family doctors, paediatricians and other nurses, giving developmental screenings, immunizations and treatments to common illnesses. Pediatric nurses also teach the patients’ family how to prevent childhood diseases and the proper nutrition essential for growth and development
  7. Nurse Midwives. Certified nurse midwives are licensed practitioners that provide healthcare to women of childbearing age which includes prenatal care, labor and delivery care, care after birth, gynaecological exams, newborn care, assistance with family planning decisions, preconception care, menopausal management and counselling in health maintenance and disease prevention.
  8. Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse. The nurse’s role is directed toward the prevention and treatment of bone marrow transplant complications by focusing on the assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation of patients requiring inpatient care. They also give ongoing education for the patient and their family and caretakers.
  9. Organ Transplant Nurse. An organ transplant nurse does not only coordinates care and makes sure that the patient is getting all the treatments and testing he needs for the transplant, but also educates the patient about the transplant process. Nurses also give emotional support for them.
  10. Rehabilitation Nurse. Rehab nurses’ help patients recover from strokes, traumatic injuries, long –term physical disabilities or chronic illnesses. They help them deal with their limitations and be able to achieve being independent. Rehab nurses work with the patient and their family members to regain their independent lifestyle if possible.



 Published at: 12/05/2015