Specialty Nurses

Specialty nurses are highly trained professionals dedicated to specific areas of healthcare, ensuring patients receive expert care tailored to their unique needs. From cardiology to neonatal care, explore the diverse world of nursing specialties and discover how these dedicated experts play a pivotal role in patient outcomes and healthcare excellence.

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Specialty nurses

  1. Cardiac Nurse – Specializes in cardiovascular care and assisting with procedures like angiograms or bypass surgeries.

  2. Critical Care Nurse – Works in intensive care units with patients who have life-threatening issues.

  3. Neonatal Nurse – Focuses on the care of newborn infants, especially those with health complications.

  4. Oncology Nurse – Specializes in the care and support of patients with cancer.

  5. Orthopedic Nurse – Cares for patients with musculoskeletal issues, including after orthopedic surgeries.

  6. Pediatric Nurse – Focuses on the care of infants, children, and adolescents.

  7. Geriatric Nurse – Cares for elderly patients and understands the complexities of aging.

  8. Mental Health Nurse – Also known as psychiatric nurses, they care for patients with mental health issues.

  9. Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) – Specializes in providing anesthesia to patients before, during, and after surgical or diagnostic procedures.

  10. Nurse Midwife – Provides care to women during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

  11. Nurse Practitioner (NP) – Often provides primary care or specialty care in various fields like pediatrics, family medicine, or geriatrics.

  12. Obstetric and Gynecologic Nurse – Specializes in reproductive health and childbirth.

  13. Perioperative (Surgical) Nurse – Works in operating rooms assisting with surgeries.

  14. Nephrology Nurse – Specializes in caring for patients with kidney-related issues.

  15. Palliative Care Nurse – Focuses on providing care for patients with serious, chronic illnesses, often near the end of life.

  16. Rehabilitation Nurse – Helps patients recover and gain independence after injuries or surgeries.

  17. Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse – Specializes in the care of patients with wounds, ostomies (like colostomies), and urinary/incontinence issues.

  18. Flight Nurse – Provides critical care to patients during air transport.

  19. Forensic Nurse – Combines nursing with the criminal justice system, often assisting with evidence collection in crimes.

  20. Infection Control Nurse – Specializes in preventing and controlling infectious outbreaks in a healthcare setting.

  21. Travel Nurse – Moves around to fill temporary positions in various locations, often in response to shortages.

  22. School Nurse – Provides healthcare to students in educational settings.

  23. Diabetes Nurse Educator – Specializes in educating and supporting patients with diabetes.

  24. Occupational Health Nurse – Focuses on promoting and maintaining the health of workers.

  25. Home Health Nurse – Provides care to patients in their own homes.

  26. Ambulatory Care Nurse – Provides care to patients outside of hospitals, often in outpatient centers or clinics.

  27. Burn Care Nurse – Specializes in caring for patients with burn injuries.

  28. Dermatology Nurse – Focuses on skin disorders and conditions.

  29. Emergency Room (ER) Nurse – Provides care for patients in emergency medical situations.

  30. Endocrinology Nurse – Cares for patients with endocrine disorders like thyroid issues or diabetes.

  31. Gastroenterology Nurse – Specializes in the digestive system and its disorders.

  32. Genetics Nurse – Works with patients who have genetic disorders or are at risk for them.

  33. Holistic Nurse – Integrates alternative and complementary treatments into traditional nursing care.

  34. Hospice Nurse – Provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their families.

  35. Infectious Disease Nurse – Cares for patients with infectious diseases and often educates others about prevention.

  36. Labor and Delivery Nurse – Assists during childbirth in delivery rooms.

  37. Lactation Consultant – Assists mothers with breastfeeding.

  38. Military Nurse – Serves in the armed forces and provides care to military personnel, veterans, and their families.

  39. Neuroscience Nurse – Cares for patients with neurological disorders, including brain injuries and strokes.

  40. Ophthalmic Nurse – Focuses on eye care and vision issues.

  41. Pain Management Nurse – Helps patients manage chronic pain conditions.

  42. Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse – Cares for children with endocrine disorders.

  43. Perinatal Nurse – Provides care for women during pregnancy and shortly after childbirth.

  44. Plastic Surgery Nurse – Assists with cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.

  45. Public Health Nurse – Focuses on community health and preventive care.

  46. Radiology Nurse – Assists with medical imaging procedures like MRIs and X-rays.

  47. Research Nurse – Conducts clinical research to enhance nursing practices.

  48. Rheumatology Nurse – Cares for patients with rheumatic diseases like arthritis.

  49. Transplant Nurse – Assists patients before, during, and after organ or tissue transplantation.

  50. Urology Nurse – Focuses on the urinary system and its disorders.

  51. Veterinary Nurse – Works with veterinarians in the care of animals. (Note: In many places, they’re more commonly referred to as veterinary technicians or techs.)

  52. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) – Focuses on women’s reproductive health and gynecological care.