Different Types of Nurses

This page is about different types of nurses out there. This is informational, and beneficial because I learned about some types of nursing that I did not even know existed. Below is a list alphabetically the different types of nurses out there and a little description about each of them.

Agency Nurse: work on a shift to shift basis, where they will register or sign up with an agency or small group, and notify them the hours they are available to work and then they are contacted and offered to work on certain shifts.

These types of nurses are in high demand

Ambulatory Care Nurse: They care for patients who stay in the hospital or facility who are there for less than 24 hours. They cover a broad range of specialties in the out-patient style

Anesthesia: They work with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and other doctors to give anesthesia to patients before, during or after surgery or child birth.

Cardiac Care: They work with other medical staff members in assessing, intervening, and implementing care to cardiac patients.

Case management: Is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, and facilitation and advocacy for options and services to meet a person’s health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality cost-effective outcomes.

Critical Care: They care for patients and families who are experiencing possible life-threatening illnesses. Sub departments include: Cardiac Care, Intensive Care, Neurological and Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care.

Emergency: They provide interventions and evaluate care in a limited time frame that is held in hectic environments. They work independently and interdependently with various health professionals in order to support patients and their families as they experience illness, injury or crisis.

Forensics: They provide medical care to victims of crime, grab evidence after crimes, and provide medical care to patients within the prison system.

Gastroenterology: Also known as (GI), they care for patients with gastrointestinal problems who are undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic treatment. These nurses work in doctor offices, inpatient and outpatient endoscopy departments, ambulatory endoscopy centers and inpatient hospitals.

Geriatrics: They provide care for elderly patients in different settings, like patient’s houses, nursing homes, and hospitals. These nurses face constant challenges because their patients are very ill and are very dependent on the nurses.

Holistic: They provide care for patients while honoring the patient’s subjective opinions about health, health beliefs, and values. This type of nursing requires nurses to integrate self-care, responsibility, spirituality and reflection into what they do every day.

HIV/AIDS: They provide care for patients who are HIV or AIDS positive. They have specialized training in HIV/AIDS to do what they have to do every day.

Legal Nursing: This type of nursing combines the use of the legal system and knowledge of nursing. They are usually seasoned veterans of the nursing field that work with attorneys to go over medical documents and find out if medical negligence happened.

Midwifery: They are trained to deal with childbirth and giving care to prenatal and postpartum care. The midwife is qualified to deliver the baby unless there are extenuating circumstances which the midwife will have to discuss with the physician.

Military: They work in many settings, possibly from a family practice to a military base to provide emergency care for the wounded.

Neonatal: They care for newborns by assessing the baby to ensure good health, preventing illnesses, and caring for babies who are sick. They are responsible for anticipating, preventing, diagnosing and minimizing illnesses of the newborns.

Neuroscience: They care for patients using new therapies and technology to treat diseases of the nervous system.

Nurse Practitioner: These are advanced nurses who have their masters degree. They are qualified to give out prescriptions, and interpret diagnosis and laboratory results.

Occupational Health: They are responsible for improving, protecting, maintaining and restoring the health of employees. They are able to influence the health of the organization.

Oncology: They care for patients who are going through all the stages and remission of cancer.

Pediatric: They care for children in all aspects of health care. They can be in different settings such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, schools, and homes.

Preoperative: They care for those patients in the operating rooms in tertiary care hospitals, community and rural hospitals, day care surgery units, and specialized unites. They take care of post-anesthetic care.

Psychiatric: They care for patients and families with psychiatric and mental illnesses. They can be in different places, like hospitals or institutions.

Research: They perform clinical and basic research to set up a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the lifespan from management of patients during illnesses and recovery to the reduction of risks for disease and disability.

School Nursing: They work with students and faculty members of schools providing medical care and other support in schools.

Transplant: They work in a wide range of settings and function in a lot of aspects of transplant procedures. They help transplants of various body parts.

Trauma: They care for patients in emergency or critical care settings. They usually deal with severe trauma, like a car accident, gunshot wound, stabbing, assault, or other traumatic injury.

Traveling Nurse: They work for an agency that provides nurses to hospitals and other facilities across the country.  They usually get to choose which area they are willing to travel to and are given assignments which lasts typically, for about 13 weeks.

Urology: They care for patients in specialties like oncology, male infertility, male sexual dysfunction, kidney stones, incontinence, and pediatrics. They can also be included in urological surgeries for cancer, general urology, plastics, infertility, and brachytherapy, lithotripsy, and pediatrics surgery.

Women’s Health: They practice in fields like the OB/GYN, mammography, reproductive health, and general women’s health. They can practice in many settings as well.

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