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Types Of Nurses: Job Features, Salaries, Credentials, And Work Environment Category: Nursing by - October 2, 2016 | Views: 59986 | Likes: 0 | Comment: 0  

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There are many types of nurses and the ability to specialize is one of the interesting things about being a registered nurse (RN). Telling someone you are an RN is the start of the story.  Most people will have some type of stereotypical notion of what being an RN means. The details of our specialty are where our careers really get interesting because nurses may sub-specialize in pediatrics, adults, or geriatrics and even by settings such as outpatient, acute care, or long-term care.  For example, a nurse could work in a pediatric outpatient cardiology clinic. 

Credentialing in a specialty is also attractive as it validates the professional as having an additional set of valuable skills. The credentialing letters can be placed after RN. In general, the average salary for an RN is $80,000.  However, some specialties may pay more or less. Having a credential can greatly improve salary, especially if more responsibility such as charge nurse or supervisor is assumed. The following list and description of 15 types nursing jobs is not comprehensive but is a great start for those considering a change in their nursing career or new graduates who are evaluating career choices.

Intensive Care (Critical Care, Neonatal, Pediatric, Emergency Room)

Patient Population

  • Generally the sickest or most urgent disease conditions

Work environment, key job features, and factors to consider:

  • Fast paced
  • Wide variety of patient conditions
  • Increased skills on complex patient care technology such as ventilators, monitors, and hemofiltration
  • Can be high stress
  • Patient mortality is high
  • Caring for the caregiver may be neglected

Professional Organization

Credentials required

  • CCRN


  • $55,000 - $95,000 yearly


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