Nursing Specialties



Case Management

Case management nurses are responsible for coordinating care and navigating patients through the healthcare system, with the goal of developing a treatment plan designed to promote the patient’s health so they remain stable enough to stay out of the hospital.  A case manager is typically assigned to a target group of patients, such as those with cancer or HIV/AIDS, or to a specific age group like neonates or postpartum women. While Case Managers do not provide direct hands on care, they do function as an imperative piece of the care continuum. Not only does a case manager assist with navigating the healthcare system, they also work to make financial systems work more effectively.

Cath Lab

Because cath lab nurses are so skilled and have so much specialized training, there is a high demand for their skills and a short supply of qualified nurses. If you are trained as a cath lab nurse, you have the opportunity to work as a travel nurse and fill some of the spaces where nurses are needed. Additionally, you can receive high payment, great benefits, housing perks, and many other job benefits when you accept a position as a travel nurse. Cath lab nurses have some of the highest demand, and opportunities around the nation are available for interested candidates.

Critical Care

Most critical care nurses work in hospitals in or near the emergency room or intensive care unit (ICU). Critical care nurses also often work in areas of high-dependency, including post-operative and medical evacuation units. Employment for critical care nurses is in high demand. Each state has their own registration rules and restrictions, and a nurse must be registered within the state in which they choose to work. If a nurse is not registered in the state of their choice, they can apply to test and qualify to become registered in that state. The CCRN certification offered by AACN is recognized nationwide. Critical care nurses must also be trained and able to operate a wide range of technology used in critical care situations.

Dialysis

Dialysis Nurses make a lasting difference in people’s lives, just ask the thousands of patients who receive dialysis every day. They’ll tell you what a difference these nurses make in their lives. Patients who have renal failure face a long list of challenges. Most have multiple comorbidities and a complicated healthcare life. Being able to count on a nurse who knows them well, and knows what she’s doing, makes dealing with dialysis much easier.

ER

People who are waiting to be seen in the ER lobby are the most vulnerable patients in the hospital. One minute, you may be treating a child with an earache, and the next, you may be running trauma protocol on a family of five who were involved in a motor vehicle accident. I was an ER nurse for several years, and though I am partial to the specialty, there is merit to be given to emergency room personnel, especially the nurses. Describing the culture of ER nursing is nearly impossible. However, many past and present colleagues would agree that ER nurses are “a different breed”.

ICU

Nurses who are experienced in ICU nursing care are at an advantage. Travel nursing can open the doors for many nursing opportunities across the country. Many facilities offer an attractive incentive package for travelers, particularly those who specialize in ICU nursing. If a nurse desires to search for growth in their career, they can explore possibilities in specialty trauma centers, burn units, research, teaching hospitals, or critical access facilities. The potential is exponential

Labor and Delivery

Labor and Delivery nurses work with pregnant women to assist and guide them through the delivery process and help them have a safe and healthy birth experience. Labor and delivery nurses are typically licensed registered nurses (RN) who work at a hospital as staff nurses. Labor and delivery nurses do not require special licensing or certifications, but usually work with a mentor who will teach them how to be efficient and productive in their assignments.

Neonatal

From all of our experience we have arrived at the conclusion that neonatal nursing can be a lucrative career path for nurses. The professional outlook for all RNs is predicted to grow by about 26% until at least 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one out of every eight babies born in the US is affected by prematurity, so there is no shortage of work for neonatal nurses.

Obstetrics

To be an OB nurse, it is helpful to be an RN that is flexible and quick to adapt to new settings.  Do you have a love of variety, adventure, and challenge?  The pay is exceptional, but more importantly you have the opportunity to make a difference in the future health of both the mom and baby.  Families will always remember the compassionate care you have provided.   The relationships you create as a travel OB nurse will be etched in the minds of families for a lifetime.

Oncology

Oncology travel nurses are in high demand as they are specially trained and work in a very specific field of focus. Oncology nurses assist in the care of patients who are fighting cancer or who are likely to develop cancer, and must be well educated and experienced in the unique drugs and treatments that are used to fight these illnesses. Oncology nurses often work with many patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other intense cancer fighting treatments.

OR

All specialties within nursing require an active RN licensure. This is obtained through successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree is a general level of entry level nurses. OR nurses must have all the basic certifications like BLS/CPR, as well as advanced training like ACLS, PALS, and TNCC. Generally a nurse must have one to two years of nursing experience before working in the OR. OR nurse also have to participate in annual departmental and specialty competencies in order to practice in the surgical settings. These competencies likely include being checked off on maintaining sterile field, proper scrub techniques and understanding of patient safety protocols.

Orthopedics

Orthopedics is an area of nursing expertise that allows registered nurses (RNs) to assist patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Typical orthopedic issues often include bone breaks and fractures, joint replacement surgeries, and chronic issues like loss of bone density or lupus. Orthopedic nurses are specially trained and licensed to assist patients with these specific ailments.

Psychiatric

If you’re an empathetic soul who’s up for a challenge, then psychiatric nursing may be a great fit for you. Psychiatric and mental health issues are growing in our society and the patients who experience these conditions need healthcare professionals who will treat them with the expertise, professionalism and compassion they deserve. If you’re already seasoned in the field and looking for a change, then becoming a traveling psychiatric nurse maybe exactly what your adventuresome spirit needs.

Medical-Surgical

Whether you’re a new grad needing to sharpen your skills, or a seasoned pro looking to stretch your wings, travel nurse jobs in medical-surgical nursing provide a great opportunity to care for others, while caring for yourself. Once viewed as boot camp for any new nurse, medical-surgical nursing has grown into a specialty field for RNs with its own professional organization and certification process. When the word “specialty” comes into play, RN jobs typically involve specialized skills to provide specialized care to a specific type of patient. But when applied to the med-surg nurse, what’s specialized is the ability and expertise to care for patients of any age, with any condition, in any setting.

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