Boost your career in every way
Specializing will give you greater responsibilities and a potentially higher salary, and you’ll have a new level of confidence and go even deeper into what you love to do.
- Did you know97% of specialized nurses say they feel more confident in their clinical abilities.
- Did you know86% of Nurse Managers prefer to hire a specialized nurse.
- Did you know90% of nurses agree that specialization enhances credibility.
Here’s where to start
With over 90 specialties, you’ve got a lot to choose from. We’ve divided them into categories to help you narrow down the ones that might intrigue you the most.
Something for everyone
Every specialty has its own unique attributes, which can help you figure out which ones might fit your personality.
Specialties in demand
With increased expertise and skills, you’ll enjoy more opportunities, higher earnings and the chance to do work that’s meaningful to you.
- Perioperative NursePerioperative 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.
In their own words
I get to guide women through pregnancy, through gynecological problems, and probably the most exciting part of my day is that I get to deliver babies.”
My favorite thing about working in the emergency room is that no two shifts are the same.”
Innovation in their own way
As a nurse you can focus on a range of fascinating specialties. Your creative thinking could lead to new innovations, changing health for patients all around the world.
- In observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we’re sharing our interview with nurse innovator and educator Sheri Carson, DNP, CPNP-PC, who embraced the challenge of creating a comprehensive child abuse screening program and is hoping to inspire other nurses to bring their solutions forward.2019-04-16T17:28:06.654Z
- Chief Nursing Optimization Officer Betty Jo Rocchio, MS, BSN, CRNA, CENP, and her team at Mercy are using technology, data and analytics to create environments that provide nurses more time at the bedside doing what they do best: caring for patients and developing innovative solutions.2019-06-12T14:57:31.826Z
- Frustrated by the quality of the dressing for her son’s blood transfusion port, nurse innovator Abi Huskins, RN, BSN, CPN, used what she had at home- Play-Doh, a cork and a spare needle- to invent a prototype of a medical device that could help her son and others with sickle cell anemia.2019-08-13T15:01:30.642Z