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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12 Specialties

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 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.
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.
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.
Informatics Nurse
An Informatics Nurse or Nurse Informaticist develops communication and information technologies, using medical data to improve patient care.
Medical-Surgical Nurse
A Medical-Surgical Nurse has extensive knowledge that can assist doctors on the medical-surgical floor of a hospital.
Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Everything you need to know about becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), which includes the crucial role of administering anesthesia and providing anesthesia-related care to manage patients pain before, during, and after surgery.
Nurse Educator
A Nurse Educator teaches and trains the next generation of nurses at teaching hospitals, universities and colleges.
Nurse Practitioner
Everything you need to know about the comprehensive role of a Nurse Practitioner, encompassing responsibilities, educational requirements, and the substantial impact of this profession in healthcare.
Pain Management Nurse
A Pain Management Nurse takes care of patients who are experiencing or are debilitated by chronic pain.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Everything you need to know about becoming a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PHMNP), including a psychiatric nurse practitioner's responsibilities, education requirements, and the importance of this work in providing mental health care.
Explore These In-Demand Nursing Specialties
  • Circulating nurse at work during surgery at Bon Secours – St. Mary’s Hospital
    High Demand
    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
    High Demand
    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
    High Demand
    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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