Types of Nurses

Nurses can be found in all healthcare settings, with specialties like labor and delivery, geriatric care, pediatrics and more.

Everyone knows that nurses wear scrubs and are found throughout the hospital, going about their busy days. But do you know that there are many different careers in nursing? 

Kinds of Nurses
Some nurses practice in a hospital and don't have a specialty. Others are specifically trained to assist in a certain area of healthcare. Here are some common kinds of nurses:

  • Critical care nurse: These professionals work with critically ill patients who are undergoing high-intensity therapy and intervention. They work in hospitals and alternative care settings to manage patients day-to-day needs like administering medication and testing.  According to Nurse Source, critical care nurses salaries range from $25,000 to $74,999, with most nurses earning between $40,000 and $54,99 per year. They are certified with an associate's degree or a bachelors degree in nursing and have passed a national licensing exam.
  • Emergency nurse: Emergency nurses work in a very fast-paced environment. They quickly assess and treat patients and must have a wide variety of knowledge about illnesses and injury. They work in emergency rooms, ambulances, urgent care centers, event locations like fairs and concerts, government buildings and more. Some emergency nurses have specialties in trauma, injury prevention, geriatrics or pediatrics. A typical salary for this kind of nurse is $46,783 a year. Most emergency nurses have a baccalaureate degree or an associates degree.
  • Labor and delivery nurse: L & D nurses, as they're commonly referred to, care for women and their newborn babies during their pregnancy, throughout labor and after the baby is born. They monitor the woman and her child and educate the family about women's and children's health. Some work as antepartum nurses, providing care for pregnant women who are hospitalized due to complications and some work to help patients during or after labor. The typical annual wage for an L & D nurse is around $41,000 and most have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or an Associate's Degree in Nursing. 
  • Specialized nurses: Some nurses are highly specialized and work as perioperative, psychiatric or mental health, neonatal, nephrology, oncology or orthopedic nurses and more. They practice in hospitals, clinics and alternative healthcare settings and earn a range of salaries. Each state has particular regulations for what licenses a nurse must have to legally practice. 

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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