Careers in Nursing

Nursing is a rewarding, but tough, field to work in. Hospitals and doctors offices cannot run efficiently without the help of these men and women in the field.  While there is a wide range of nursing disciplines, every role they play is equally important.

Most nursing positions take at least some schooling, and many others require the passing of a certain exam. Afterwards, the hours can be grueling (graveyard shifts, for example) and the patients/doctors can be commanding, but the payback comes in the ways of helping others. Without these nurses, who knows where we would be?

Below are the most commonly pursued fields of nursing. Click on the name for further detail on each specialization to see if it is right for you!

Careers as a Nurse

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): Also known as a Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Nursing Assistant (NA), or State Tested Nurse Aid (STNDA), a CNA can work in a variety of locations doing a variety of jobs for the RN/LPN.
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA): also known as Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), this position requires graduate-level education for the administration of anesthesia. They are the most advanced and highest paid of all nurses.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN): Names for the same position, an LPN/LVN works under an RN, performing duties like taking vital signs, dressing wounds, giving injections, observing patients, and performing basic diagnostic test.
  • Occupational Therapist (OT): OTs handle patients who have varying issues in living and working environments, such as emotionally or mentally disabling conditions. Their goal is to help a patient fulfill a satisfying state of life.
  • Physical Therapist (PT): A physical therapist, like the title suggests, works with patients who have varying issues in physical performance, such as mobility and function.
  •  Registered Nurse (RN): An RN must have at least an Associates Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science, and have passed the NCLEX-RN certification. An RN handles many of the physical and difficult duties of a nurse and oversees many other positions.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): An advanced practice nurse, a CNS has a very versatile career and can work in medical environments, specialized diseases, or in surgical departments.
  • Clinical Care Nurse: Critical Care Nurses work in the ICU or emergency departments of hospitals, generally. They can also be nurse educators, researchers, bedside clinicians, nurse managers, practitioners, or CNS.
  • Neonatal Nurse: A neonatal nurse handles newborns until up to 28 days after they are born. Some infants, however, may remains in the nurses care for up to a year, as they usually deal with birth defects, infections, and low birth weight. They handle some of the most difficult and emotionally draining cases.
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP): An NP handles many of the same services as a doctor, able to diagnose and treat a variety of health problems.
  • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN):  A rehabilitation nurse handles patients who have suffered a physical disability or chronic illness to adapt to their disabilities for a satisfying lifestyle.
  • Dental Assistant: Dental assistants work in a dentist’s office handling day to day work.
  • Medical Assistant: In a doctor’s office, the medical assistant is detrimental for a smooth operation. They keep the clinics, medical centers, and doctors on task, running efficiently and quickly. They may handle clerical, clinical, and/or administrative duties.
  • Pediatric Nurse: These nurses handle infants, children, and adolescents, for things like shots, illness, physiology, and more.
  • Phlebotomist Training: These health care professionals handle things like psychology, chemistry, anatomy, engineering, and some administration, but they most commonly draw blood from patients on a daily basis.