Top Nursing Specialisms

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In recent years, the nursing industry has seen unparalleled growth. This growth is predicted to continue for years to come, if not indefinitely. Once qualified, most nurses choose to gain further education and qualifications so they can work in their preferred specialism. There are many exciting specialisms to choose from. Read on for five of the best.


1. Nurse Midwife

These specialist nurses assist patients through their pregnancy and delivery. They are often the first point of contact for pregnant patients and play a vital role throughout their pregnancy and birth. Nurse midwives are particularly in demand in the US healthcare industry, and the demand is growing. This growth is reflected by higher rates of pay than some other nursing specialisms. However, training needs are high for nurse midwives, and they generally need to obtain a master's degree in nurse-midwifery and pass their individual state licensing requirements.


2. Clinical Nurse

Clinical Nurse Specialists, or CNS, is a collective term for advanced practice nurses that have specialized in many different areas. They sometimes supervise units to monitor and encourage best practice among the other nurses. A nurse wishing to become a CNS first needs their Bachelor of Nursing, and then to spend a few years working in their specialisms of choice. They will then obtain an MSN in those areas and gain their official state certifications.


3. Neonatal Nurse

A neonatal nurse helps patients as they give birth and straight afterward. Some neonatal nurses work on labor units or postpartum wards and are responsible for monitoring both the mothers and the babies. Other nurses of this type are based in neonatal intensive care units, where they care for premature or acutely unwell babies. Like many nursing specialisms, neonatal nurses need a bachelor's degree in nursing and to gain their Registered Nurse license. Then, the nurses must train and obtain qualifications in neonatal resuscitation. There are various colleges for neonatal nurses, where they can gain further training and education.


4. Critical Care Nurse

A critical care nurse cares for patients on critical care floors, which can include trauma units and intensive care units. Contrary to many other types of nurses, critical care nurses often receive large pay rises as they progress through their careers. Working in critical care can be stressful, emotionally turbulent, and even traumatic, and the rates of pay reflect this. A candidate for critical care nursing must have a valid Registered Nursing license. Some hospitals choose to hire nurses with BSNs, but those with associate degrees shouldn't struggle to find work.


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