Ultimate Guide to Nursing Specialties

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Overview of Specialties

These comprehensive guides were made for you to explore different healthcare specialties.

Choosing a career in nursing might have been easy, but settling on a nursing specialty or changing one specialty for another is not so simple. There are so many settings where nurses may work: hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient care centers, correctional facilities, rehabilitation centers, schools...

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The US population, which is both growing and aging, increasingly demands acute care services to treat patients with life-threatening conditions, critically ill patients, and other individuals requiring immediate healthcare. Since acute or critical care is required in practically all healthcare settings, acute care nurses are in great demand.

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AL nurses help care for residents of assisted living facilities. Residents usually include older adults but could also include younger adults with special needs. These residents maintain partial autonomy but might require assistance with some activities of daily living.

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Behavioral health, which includes mental health, is one of the most important nursing specialties today. First, 20% of all adults in the United States struggle with…

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CVICU nurses care for patients with severe cardiovascular disease in conjunction with cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. This unit is usually part of a large hospital and receives patients with coronary artery diseases and vascular diseases…

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A case manager creates, implements, and assesses personalized healthcare plans for long-term care patients…

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A cath lab nurse assists the medical team in performing cardiac catheterizations. These nurses also monitor and assess patients before, during, and after this procedure…

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What Is Dermatology Nursing? The Ultimate Guide  As the US population ages, the demand for nursing care increases, and dermatology…

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Dialysis nursing is a subspecialty of nephrology, the study and treatment of kidneys. These nurses care for patients with kidney disease who require dialysis to survive. Since kidney disease can affect people of any age, dialysis nurses work with children as well as adults.

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Crisis response nurses assist healthcare facilities temporarily during times of increased staffing needs due to natural disasters or outbreaks such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic…

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An emergency room nurse carries out duties similar to those of any other nurse. However, in the emergency room setting, nurses must act quickly to stabilize patients and reduce their pain…

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