Take a Deep Breath...
Is it your final term at ResU? Are you starting the job hunt early? Or did you just graduate?
This is the guide for you!
Before hopping onto Indeed.com and looking at every nursing job available, ask yourself: What nurse specialty do you want to work in? Here are a few suggestions. Have a few "back up" positions that you would be comfortable working in, as you might not get your top choice immediately, but don't give up!
- Lactation Consultant—If you have never done it, you don't know how! That is where these lovely people step in and help you breastfeed.
- Clinical Research Nurse—Help gather and analyze data for clinical trials. You will also help enroll patients in these trials.
- Forensic Nurse—Assist with investigative crimes and possibly testify in court for specific cases.
- Academic/School Nurse—Elementary, Middle, or High School are great choices for nursing as well!
- Travel Nurse—Take on temporary assignments all over the country! Work with agencies that will fly you to areas where there is a nursing shortage. Can be contract or a full-time position.
- Military Nurse—Serve in the military, hold military rank, and do what you love! You can be a nurse in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Floor Nursing or Hospital (non-ICU) nursing
- Cardiac Nurse—Deals with telemetry. Usually refers to cardiology type patients who are not having cardiac surgery.
- Cardiothoracic Nurse—Heart and lung surgery patients in recovery.
- General Medicine Nurse—All the sicknesses that can’t be classified into another specific floor such as cardiac.
- Hemodialysis Nurse—Assists the patients during their dialysis sessions. Can be in a hospital or private setting.
- Labor and Delivery Nurse—You know what this is.
- Med/Surg Nurse—General surgery patients. Usually abdomens and complicated wounds.
- Neurology Nurse—Recovering strokes and brain injuries.
- Nursery Nurse—Crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s for the healthy newborns.
- Obstetrics/Women—All those problems men don’t want to think about.
- Orthopedic Nurse—Bones! Especially hips and knees.
- Oncology Nurse—Everything related to cancer patients.
- Pediatric Nurse—Even sick children (don’t forget the parents!) need good nurses.
- Psych Nurse—Be prepared to administer and manage medications.
- Pulmonary Nurse—Seen in bigger hospitals and for all non-surgical lung issues.
Critical Care Nursing
- CCU or Cardiac Care Unit—For critical heart patients who have not had cardiac surgery on the current hospital stay.
- Cardiothoracic ICU—Fresh post-op heart and lung patients including transplants.
- Emergency Room—A fast paced day filled with a little bit of everything.
- Flight Nursing—Transport of sick patients to larger hospitals and traumas. Usually no doctor is on board so the nurse is IT. Many times flight nurses work with the ground units too (ambulances for transport)
- General ICU—Sick but not surgical, at least not yet.
- Neonatal ICU—Nurses for the sickest babies and preemies.
- Neuro ICU—Head traumas and major stroke patients.
- PACU or Post Anesthesia Unit—post-op recovery for same-day surgery patients or general surgery patients that will not need an ICU following surgery.
- Pediatric ICU—Nurses for the sickest kids.
- Surgical ICU—Think general here: trauma surgeries not involving the head and general cases with complications.