Areas Of Nursing
The area of Nursing might seem straight forward, but the truth is that there are many areas of Nursing that you can go into. While it is important to receive your Nursing degree, it is just as important to know which aspect of Nursing you are looking to get into post graduation.
Different Areas Of Nursing
The different areas of Nursing include:
Agency – Nurses register with an agency who will call them with the shifts available depending on the area of expertise.
Ambulatory Care – Nurses care for patients who will be at a hospital or facility for less than 24 hours. They cover a broad range of specialties for out-patients.
Anesthesia – Nurses work with a wide range of doctors in all areas and provide anesthesia for patients before, during, and after surgery or birth.
Cardiac Care – Nurses works with the medical staff in assessing, intervening, and implementing nursing care for cardiac patients.
Case Management – Nurses asses and plan for options and services to meet patient needs that are cost-effective.
Critical Care – Nurses provide care for patients and families experiencing actual or potential life-threatening illnesses.
Emergency – Nurses assess patients and evaluate care in a time-limited and busy environment.
Forensics – Nurses provide medical care to victims of crime, collect evidence, and provide medical care to patients in prison.
Gastroenterology – Nurses provide care to patients with known or suspected gastrointestinal issues.
Geriatrics – Nurses care for elderly patients.
Holistic – Nurses provide medical care for patients while honoring the individual’s opinions about health and values.
HIV / AIDS – Nurses provide healthcare for patients who are HIV or AIDS positive. These nurses generally have specialized training in HIV/AIDS.
Informatics – This is a broad field which combines nursing knowledge with the use of computers. Jobs in this field range from the implementation of a new computer network within a hospital to the sales of computer systems to hospitals by an outside computer company.
Legal Nursing – This field combines the legal system with a thorough knowledge of the nursing field. Legal Nurses are usually seasoned veterans of the nursing field who work with attorneys to review medical documents and determine if medical negligence occurred.
Midwifery – Midwives are nurses who are trained to deal with childbirth and providing prenatal and postpartum care.
Military – Nurses work in a variety of settings, ranging from family practice at a local military base to providing emergency care for the wounded.
Neonatal – Nurses provide care for newborns by assessing the patient to ensure good health, providing preventative care to prevent illness, and caring for ill babies.
Neuroscience – Nurses care for patients using new therapies and innovative technologies to treat diseases of the nervous system.
Nurse Practitioner – Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who have obtained their masters degrees and are qualified to prescribe medication, and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests.
Occupational Health – Nurses are responsible for improving, protecting, maintaining and restoring the health of employees.
Oncology – Nurses provide health care for cancer patients at all stages of treatment and remission.
Pediatric – Nurses care for children in all aspects of health care.
Perioperative – Nurses work in operating rooms in tertiary care hospitals, community and rural hospitals, day care surgery units and specialized clinics. They provide post-anesthetic care in rural hospitals or specialized units where nurses provide total patient care.
Psychiatric – Nurses provide care for patients and families with psychiatric and mental illnesses. These nurses practice in a variety of settings which include hospitals, and institutions.
Research – Nurses perform clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span-from management of patients during illness and recovery.
School Nursing – Nurses work with students and faculty of schools providing medical care and other support in an in-school environment.
Transplant – Transplant Nurses work in a variety of settings and function in various aspects of transplant procedures.
Trauma – Nurses care for patients in an emergency or critical care setting. These nurses generally care for patients who have suffered severe trauma.
Travel Nursing – Nurses work for an agency that provides nurses to hospitals and other health care facilities across the country.
Urology – Nurses care for patients in such specialties as oncology, male infertility, male sexual dysfunction, kidney stones, incontinence, and pediatrics.
Women’s Health – Nurses participate in fields such as OB/GYN, mammography, reproductive health, and general women’s health.
As you can see, there are a plethora of areas for you to go into. Which area of Nursing are you interested in?