10 Different Types of Nurses for the Undecided Student

Posted January 2nd, 2010 by Staff Writers in Uncategorized (No Comments »)

Becoming a nurse is a big career move and one that will impact both your life and your future patient’s life.  Therefore, learning what is out there first can make a big difference in deciding what school to attend and what hospital or clinic to do your fieldwork training at. 
•    Air Force and Navy: This type of nurse is great for students who want to be a member of the armed services, but additional become part of the health care industry.  The Air Force and the Navy both offer scholarships to their members to enroll in nursing school, therefore making the school process much easier.  Knowing that you have a place after graduation in a field you enjoy makes this type of nursing that much more beneficial.
•    Gerontology: This is the branch of medicine that studies the biological aspects of aging, much different from geriatrics, which studies the disease of the elderly.  Becoming trained in this nursing specialty is a very rewarding career choice, as it allows you to aid doctors in making advances in many vaccines which can prevent the effects aging has on our population.  While this is a more specialized nursing discipline, it shows the most promise in the coming years, as our elderly population continues to rise.
•    Pediatric: In a sharp transition from the elderly, a career in pediatrics is one which many students of nursing dream of: what better way to spend your day than to play with children all day?  While this is clearly not the day many pediatric nurses have, pediatrics has many different benefits and can lead to positions as a school nurse or a permanent position in the pediatrics wing of a hospital. 
•    Neuroscience: Another budding field in the health industry is that of neuroscience.  While nurses are not in the same realm as doctors in performing the surgeries, becoming a neuroscience nurse means understanding the care that a neuroscience patient requires and doing everything in your power to provide the support these patients need.  As the field expands, the amount of neuroscience patients seems set to expand as well, making it one of the fastest growing fields.
•    Occupational: This type of nurse specializes in ensuring that the work place is safe and healthy, promoting healthy practices throughout companies.  Many of these nurses travel to different companies and instill the hazards of the common cold in a work environment and teach ways to combat illness at work. 
•    Oncology: New cancer patients are stricken with the disease every day, producing a new need for oncology nurses who can administer the care these patients require.  New treatments are in the works every year, and oncology nurses help provide education to their patients about the treatments as well as a sense of hope.
•    Operating Room: Operating room nurses are there in the nitty gritty of health care and get to witness surgery first hand, all while assisting the doctor.  These nurses usually have more of a pension for the “gore” of intestines than the average clinical nurse, but play an important role in the infrastructure of hospitals.
•    Rehabilitation: Patients in rehab are typically very frustrated with their predicament, and it is rehab nurses who can coach them back to health and encourage them to keep trying.  No one expects to be involved in a terrible accident that renders your legs useless, but when this type of tragedy occurs, rehab can help bring your legs back to the way they once were with the aid of a rehabilitation nurse.
•    Ostomy and ET: Ostomy and ET nurses provide care for patients who have stomas, tubes, wounds, and incontinence.  Most of the day, these nurses have to evaluate the progress of a patient and ensure that any issues they may have with their colons or intestines continues to be monitored throughout the day.
•    Long-Term Care: These nurses are typically found in nursing homes or ordinary homes, and provide care for patients whose families cannot care for them on their own.  These nurses typically only have one or two patients, although their time revolves around ensuring these few patients have every need met and are receiving the care they are entitled to.

In the end, there are many, many different types of nursing jobs you can go into, it is only a matter of what is the best suited position for your desires in nursing. 


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