Nursing Specialties
There are various types of nursing, each with its own distinct focus and requirements. Different types of nurses include registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Nursing specialties can range from pediatrics to oncology, and require specialized training and education to provide expert care in their respective areas.

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Cardiac Care Nurse
A Cardiac Care Nurse cares for patients with heart diseases or conditions, from coronary artery disease to heart failure and recovery from bypass surgery.
Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse
A Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse works with patients who have catheters inserted into the heart for cardiac conditions or defects.
Case Management Nurse
A Case Management Nurse creates and coordinates long-term care plans for patients to help them be as healthy as possible.
Certified Nurse Midwife
A Certified Nurse Midwife is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who is specialized in women’s reproductive health and childbirth.
Clinical Nurse Leader
A Clinical Nurse Leader creates and coordinates long-term care plans for patients and the medical teams they work with.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
A Clinical Nurse Specialist has advanced knowledge and hands-on expertise in a chosen specialty.
Critical Care Nurse
A Critical Care or ICU Nurse takes care of patients who are in a critical condition or recovering from a serious medical condition.
Dermatology Nurse
A Dermatology Nurse treats and cares for patients who have skin diseases and conditions, or undergo cosmetic surgery.
Developmental Disability Nurse
A Developmental Disability or Special Needs Nurse takes care of patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities, such as Down Syndrome and Autism.
Diabetes Nurse
A Diabetes Nurse looks after patients with diabetes, a disease that stops the body from producing or absorbing enough insulin.
Emergency Nurse
An Emergency Nurse takes care of patients in a wide range of situations, from fevers, to minor injuries and major trauma.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Explore the rewarding role of a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), encompassing key responsibilities and the impact on patient care. FNPs are central to long-term, personalized healthcare, often building lasting relationships with patients.
Forensic Nurse
A Forensic Nurse cares for patients who have been the victims of sexual abuse, violence and assault.
Gastroenterology Nurse
A Gastroenterology or Endoscopy Nurse works with patients who have illnesses or disorders related to the digestive system or gastrointestinal tract.
Genetics Nurse
A Genetics Nurse works with people who either have, or are at risk for hereditary diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Geriatric Nurse
A Geriatric Nurse assists doctors in taking care of the mental and physical health of older patients who are at greater risk of injuries and diseases.
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
A Gerontological Nurse Practitioner is a multi-disciplined primary healthcare provider who helps patients manage the physical, mental, and social effects of aging.
Health Policy Nurse (HPN) at a Glance
As a Health Policy Nurse (HPN), your role is to aid in the research, creation and enforcement of health policies. Whether it’s new legislation surrounding healthcare accessibility, protective laws for patients and doctors, or communicating with government officials about societal health needs, HPNs are heavily relied upon advocates within the world of healthcare.
Explore These In-Demand Nursing Specialties
  • Circulating nurse at work during surgery at Bon Secours – St. Mary’s Hospital
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    Perioperative nursing—also referred to as operating room (OR) or surgical nursing—specializes in patient care before, during, and after surgical and invasive procedures. Find out more about nursing career opportunities within this specialty here.
  • Woman in scrubs an hairnet about to receive anesthetics
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    Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are crucial members of any surgical care team. As a CRNA, you’re responsible for bringing stellar communication skills, quality patient care, and a high level of scientific skill to each of your cases, likely to range across all disciplines.
  • Female nurse holding a newborn baby
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    As a Labor and Delivery (L&D) Nurse, you’ll help care for mothers and newborns before, during, and after the birth. Your patients will look to you for information, reassurance and guidance in handling a delicate new life, new family member, and entirely new experience.

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