When it comes to nursing there are many different paths you can take in this medical field from working as an ER nurse in the emergency room to providing legal counsel to attorneys and lawyers the possibilities seem endless.
Today nursing continues to be a fast growing field and new opportunities and professions are opening every day allowing those with the right skill set to journey into new area’s of medical expertise.
As you continue to build upon your education and increase your abilities new doors will open allowing you to consistently grow your skills and advance in a career that never gets boring and offers new challenges and career paths to meet your level of knowledge and expertise.
Below you will find a list of just 10 of the many different career paths offered within the nursing profession.
An ambulatory care nurse is a nurse who provides care to patients outside of a hospital setting and specializes in helping patients who suffer from an ailment such as an illness or injury achieve more mobile and independence in their lives.
These nurses generally provide short-term health care (often lasting less than 24 hours) and provide patients with the information they need to stabilize or improve their medical condition..
Ambulatory care nurses provide diagnosis of their patients ailments, aid in pain management, give health advice to patients suffering from chronic injuries or illnesses, triage, do case management and provide medical screenings.
A Critical care nurse is a nurse that provides medical care to patients that are critically ill and/or severely injured, and work towards assisting patients in their recovery and/or rehabilitation.
These nurses can be found working in a wide variety of environments including critical care facilities, emergency rooms, trauma units, pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, adult intensive care and a variety of other fields that require critical/intensive care nursing.
Aside from providing medical care to their patients critical care nurses must also be extremely friendly and sensitive to the emotions and needs of their patients, and provide positive feedback to patients in critical condition.
An emergency care nurse (aka ER nurse) is registered nurse that who specializes in emergency care of patients dealing with immediate medical needs usually due to a trauma or severe injury.
These nurses focus on the critically injured and severally sick and can often be observed working in a fast paced environment and must always be ready to deal with a wide array of unexpected life threatening and non life threatening situations that vary from minor cuts and infections to cardiac arrest and severe traumas caused by violence and/or accidents.
These nurses may also be found operating in emergency rooms assisting doctors in surgery or prepping patients that are getting ready to be operated on.
A flight nurse is a highly trained registered nurse that operate aboard an aircraft during rescue operations and/or aero medical missions.
These nurses can be found operating on a number of different winged and propeller aircraft such as propeller engine plans, jets and helicopters.
These nurses provide on site medical care from the time they arrive at the scene until the patient reaches the hospital.
Flight nurses evaluate the needs of their on board patients on board to ensure they deliver the appropriate treatments and medications to their patients and when a flight physician is unavailable experienced flight nurses may provide more in depth treatment to extend the life of patients in need of emergency care.
They also perform pre flight checks to ensure supplies and equipment are in good working order so that the flight goes smoothly.
Forensic nurses deal with patients afflicted by physical and/or emotional trauma due to crime, violence and sexual abuse.
As a forensic nurse the psychological components of their patient’s condition are equally as important as the physical abuse or violence the patient is suffering from.
These nurses take any information (both verbal and non verbal) that the patient and/or witness provides them with as serious and may also physically inspect the patient to look for injuries or signs of abuse.
In cases that involve sexual abuse of women forensic nurses may perform a vaginal examination where they look for signs of penetration, semen or other types of sexual abuse.
Aside from caring for patients dealing with traumas, violence crime and sexual abuse forensic nurses also work with law enforcement investigators to gather evidence and information on cases that deal with deaths.
In these cases forensic nurses will examine the body of the individual and the environment, speak with relatives, neighbors and witnesses and gather information to determine the cause of the death and provide law enforcement with information regarding their discoveries.
Geriatric nurses focus on the physical, mental, emotion, social and family aspects of elderly people and provide them with positives reinforcement and medical assistance to help them transition into their older (and sometimes less function) lifestyles.
Proper care and patient handling are imperative in this field as patients have a much harder time recovering if they are hurt or injured.
Geriatric nurses will educate their patients about the importance of caring for their bodies and how to maintain their good health, how to eat foods that will allow them to stay active and youthful, enforce the importance of proper rest and teach their patients on how to best avoid injuries and what to if they do encounter an injury.
Geriatric nurses have been trained quickly respond and treat a number of common ailments that elderly patients encounter.
Some of these ailments may include dizziness, cardiovascular disease, respiratory complications, diabetes, strokes, pressure related injuries that cause blood flow stoppages, thyroid problems and delirium.
Legal nurses bring their medical training and expertise into the legal field and often become consultants on legal cases where the experience of a medical specialist would be extremely beneficial to the development and execution of the case.
Legal nurses aid attorneys and court room judges on cases dealing with medical injuries and abuse and use their medical training to assess an individuals medical claim.
They also maintain legal records and medical documents, help attorneys and judges understand difficult medical terminology and educate them about a host of other medical factors that may be beneficial to the case.
A psychiatric nurse provides mental health care to patients affected by mental illness, stress and depression.
These nurses treat a number of mental illnesses from depression and bipolar disorder to schizophrenia, dementia and psychosis.
Psychiatric nurses are highly trained in their field to provide psychological therapies that can help patients overcome their illness and diminish the affects of their mental affliction.
There training and education also allows them to administer psychiatric medications to patients where standard psychological therapies may prove to not be enough to help the patient overcome their affliction.
A registered nurse or RN is a nurse that has graduated from an accredited RN program offered through a college or university and has successfully completed the NLCREX-RN exam.
These nurses are in chare of giving patient’s emotional support and medical attention, and assist individuals with injuries or illnesses to help them recover and achieve full health while preventing future disease.
RN’s give advice and medical expertise to patients to help them make the best health decisions and answer common but necessary questions.
Registered nurses also work with other professionals to provide patients with all around care, record their patients symptoms and state of recovery, give patients medication, examine, monitor and record their ailments and take part in rehabilitation programs to help patients recover form their illness or injury.
A Travel nurses travels to different hospitals and health care organizations thought the country to provide additional aid and medical expertise to hospitals that are short-staffed or do not have enough qualified nurses to provide the best care possible for their patients.
Travel nurses can operate in a number of different medical settings such as out of state hospitals, doctors clinics and high demand health care facilities just to name a few.
They may also work in a critical care and/or emergency room settings.
In many situations travel nurses work on short-term assignments that generally last 1 month – 1 year depending on the assignment.
At the end of their assignment some nurses may be offered a full – time (permanent) position and be entitled to certain perks and relocation reimbursements.
This is however usually determined between the employee and employer before finalizing any agreements.
Due to the fact that many health care facilities are short staffed and need experienced nurses the nurse who work as travel nurses can often expect a number of perks and benefits for their willingness to travel outside of their hometown and work at a distant hospital or health care facility.
As you can see the nursing field has many different areas of speciality and those looking to pursue a career in nursing are able to choose a field that most interests them and fits their skills and abilities.
Through continued education courses and certifications nurses have the choice of choosing new career paths and exploring new opportunities in the medical field.
Whether you’re looking to travel the world, work in a fast paced emergency room environment, operate onboard an aircraft, care for the elderly or help those who are suffering from mental ailments you can find it in nursing.
If you would like a list of the many different career paths available to those who work in the nursing profession be sure to read: Careers in nursing