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Pulmonary Care Nurse

A Pulmonary Care or Respiratory Nurse treats patients who are suffering from lung and respiratory conditions.
Required Education
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
You’ll care for people with both acute and chronic illnesses such as such as asthma, tuberculosis, pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer.
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What you’ll do


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


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


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


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


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.


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

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Pulmonary Care Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
Related Organizations
An Rehabilitation Nurse’s role is also patient-facing.
A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is another type of long-term care nurse.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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