Pulmonary Care Nurse

A Pulmonary Care or Respiratory Nurse treats patients who are suffering from lung and respiratory conditions.
Required Education
ADN or BSN
Attributes
Patient-facing
Structured
You’ll care for people with both acute and chronic illnesses such as such as asthma, tuberculosis, pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Collaboration

You’ll work with your patients’ healthcare team, including therapists and doctors.

Education

You’ll teach people how important it is to exercise and avoid activities that increase risk, like smoking.

Treatment

You’ll perform tests, manage patients’ medications and other treatments, and administer oxygen therapy.

Where you’ll work
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Clinics
  • Home care agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care centers
  • Military or government facilities
  • Private offices
How to become a Pulmonary Care Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.

04

There’s no specific certification for a Pulmonary Nurse.

You can earn a Critical Care certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses or a credential in Certified Pulmonary Function Technology through the National Board for Respiratory Care.

05

You’re ready to work as a Pulmonary Care Nurse.

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