Top 3 In-Demand Nursing Jobs

Top 3 in-demand nursing jobs

So many opportunities wait for you after earning your nursing degree that it can be challenging just to choose which area of expertise you want to get into. When you pursue a career in nursing, you can help soon-to-be mothers bring new life into the world as a midwife, or take a leadership position in a particular department as the resident clinical nurse specialist, you have the power to choose whatever position fits best for you. You should know now that many of these specialties require additional training and certification. Here are profiles of three of the most in-demand nursing positions to help you make your decision:

Certified nurse midwife
As an certified nurse midwife, you will be a part of a team that includes a patient's obstetrician, gynecologist and nurse anesthetist. If a patient is not at risk during her pregnancy, you will be her main point of contact outside of her primary physician, providing regular check-ups. You might also be in a position to educate her about various methods of prenatal care and personal health objectives. Depending on the state in which you practice, you could deliver babies on your own, but you will most likely be assisting the patient's preferred doctor. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), midwives earn an annual median wage of $89,600.

ICU nurse
According to Richard Kousgaard, account manager and recruiter at Aureus Medical Group, nurses who have experience in the intensive care units of hospitals will be in great demand in the next few years. Since the economic upturn, more hospitals across the country are beginning to seek out high-quality nurses to fill ICU positions. These nurses specialize in high acuity and critical care environments, which makes up the majority of hospital patients today. According to the BLS, ICU nurses earn an annual median wage of $65,470.

Clinical nurse specialist
The responsibilities of clinical nurse specialists mirror those of many physicians. They have the authorization to diagnose illnesses and administer treatments to patients who are suffering from major health problems. In a situation where a person needs medication immediately, clinical nurse specialists can prescribe that medicine to them. According to Indeed.com, the median annual salary for these nurses is $77,000.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online RN to BSN, BSN to MSN, and RN to MSN degree programs to working nurses who already have a current RN license. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers.nursing.

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