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Staff Nursing

 
  • Specialties by:
  • Work Setting or Type of Treatment, such as:
    • Perioperative (operating rooms)
    • Emergency/Trauma
    • Critical Care
    • Ambulatory Care
    • Home Health Care
    • Hospice and Palliative Care
    • Occupational Health
    • Radiology
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health
  • Specific Health Conditions, such as:
    • Oncology
    • Diabetes Management
    • Addictions Treatment
    • HIV/AIDS Care
  • Organ or Body Systems, such as:
    • Cardiovascular
    • Gastroenterology
    • Gynecology
    • Dermatology
    • Orthopedic
    • Urology
    • Respiratory
  • Well-defined Populations, such as:
    • Neonatology
    • Pediatrics
    • Adults
    • Geriatrics
  • Adanced Practice Nursing, such as:
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Nurse Anesthesiology
    • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nurse Practitioner, including:
    • Family, Adult, Women's Health, Pediatric, Neonatal, Geriatric, Mental Health
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics and medical centers
  • Physicians' offices and medical groups
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hospices
  • Dialysis centers
  • Diabetes care clinics
  • Birth centers
  • Psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Summer camps
  • Large corporations
  • Correctional facilities

Community and Public Health

 
  • Home Health
  • Rural Nursing
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • State and local health departments
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Public schools
  • Daycare centers
  • Mental health facilities
  • Senior centers
  • Nurse-run clinics
  • Religious organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Wellness centers
  • Community education programs

Independent Practice

 
  • Temporary Staffing
  • Travel Nursing
  • Personal Services Contracting
  • Private Duty
  • Healthcare staffing agencies
  • Travel companies
  • Businesses and organizations with temporary needs
  • Private households

Government Service

 
  • Staff Nursing
  • Administration
  • Policy Development
  • Research
  • Government health agencies including:
    • Public Health Service
    • Indian Health Service
    • Veterans Affairs
    • Peace Corps
    • VISTA
  • Armed services
  • Prisons

Telehealth

 
  • Provide care and advice through electronic communications media (phone, Internet).
  • Call centers
  • Private offices
  • Clinics
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Hospitals

Nursing Research

 
  • Large hospitals and medical centers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Centers for nursing research
  • National Institute for Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Education

 
  • Teaching
  • Educational Administration
  • Teaching hospitals
  • Colleges and universities
  • Schools of nursing

International Health

 
  • Clinical Nursing
  • Emergency Relief
  • Policy Development
  • Embassies
  • Military bases
  • National or international government agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Humanitarian organizations
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Church-related mission services
  • World Health Organization

Other Areas

 
  • Insurance:
    • Underwriting and Claims
  • Sales
  • Product Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Writing
  • Law
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Information Management
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Case Management
  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Business and industry:
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Medicalequipment and supplies manufacturers
    • Medical marketing firms
  • Law firms
  • Medical and health publications
  • Healthcare websites
  • Healthcare advertising agencies
  • Public relations firms
  • Professional associations

General Information and Strategies

  • Nursing is the largest healthcare field. Three out of five nurses work in hospitals. Many nurses work part-time.
  • Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. One must enjoy helping people of all types and backgrounds.
  • Nursing requires both physical stamina and emotional stability. Nurses must be able to follow orders and direct others.
  • Other qualities important to the field include orientation to detail, sympathy and concern, responsibility, and the ability to handle stress and emergency situations.
  • There are multiple educational paths to acquire the Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degree and the Registered Nurse (RN) designation. Research alternatives such as accelerated BSN programs or Master's Entry programs.
  • All states regulate nursing by requiring licensure. Investigate individual state requirements if planning to relocate.
  • Earn a master's degree to prepare for advanced practice nursing including: clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, and administration. Earn a doctoral degree for research or teaching at a university.
  • Many opportunities outside of traditional nursing exist for RN's who want to work in non-clinical roles. Research the skills, experiences, and degrees necessary to attain these positions.