Believe it or not, nursing is the fastest-growing occupation in the US. Nurses make up the majority of the health care industry, and that number’s rising each year, with an estimated 581,500 more nursing jobs being added by 2018.* Few professions give you as many choices of where to work, areas to specialize in, or degrees to use as a career in nursing. With all these options, both new and experienced nurses have a lot of career choices and pathways. So, which choice is the right fit for you? Here is just a sampling of nursing jobs to consider:Read below to find the nurse position that fits your personality!
Relationship-driven nurse: Do you have a passion for meaningful one-on-one care? If developing close relationships with your patients is important to you, these positions might be best for you.
Hospice/palliative care nurse
- A hospice nurse serves as a case manager and advocates for his or her patients. The nurse’s job is to monitor vital signs, manage medications (particularly for pain), and take care of the needs of the patient.
Home care nurse
- A home care nurse provides one-on-one care to patients in their homes. They may care for patients of any age—from infants to the elderly—with a wide variety of diagnoses. Care services may include high-tech care as well as day-to-day management of chronic conditions. Home care nursing typically offers very flexible scheduling options and allows the nurse to work with one patient at a time. RNs, LPNs, and those with advanced degrees or certifications may work in home care.
Psychiatric/mental health nurse
- Psychiatric nurses treat patients with conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
Pediatric-focused nurse: Do you love helping the littlest of patients? Have you considered a career in the pediatric field? Here are a few of the most popular positions!
- Generally, pediatric nurses care for children from birth through adolescence. They can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, home care, physicians’ offices, rehab facilities, and more.
Labor and delivery staff nurse
- These nurses help bring people into the world every day. They care for women during labor and childbirth, monitoring the baby and the mother.
- School nurses provide health screenings, dispense medication, treat minor illnesses and injuries, all while getting to know students.
- Neonatal nursing is a subspecialty of nursing that works with newborn infants born with a variety of diagnoses ranging from prematurity, birth defects, infection, and more.
Fast-paced environment nurse: Do you love working in a constantly changing environment with high-pressure situations? These positions often are demanding but provide high rewards.
Critical care nurse
- A critical care nurse is a licensed professional nurse who is responsible for ensuring that acutely and critically ill patients receive optimal care.
- An emergency nurse treats patients in emergency situations where they're experiencing trauma or injury. These nurses quickly recognize life threatening problems and are trained to help solve them on the spot. They can work in hospital emergency rooms, ambulances, helicopters, urgent care centers, sports arenas, and more.
- An oncology nurse provides care for people with cancer and those at risk of getting the disease. They monitor physical conditions and administer chemotherapy and other treatments.
- A staff nurse provides direct patient care in a hospital or other facility setting.
Experienced leader nurse: As you advance in your career, you want to help lead and shape the next generation of nurses. Or, perhaps, you are interested in affecting change at the highest levels. Here are a few common positions that might fit you best!
- Teaching is an integral part of nursing, so becoming a nurse educator is a natural step for many nurses. Whether they work in the classroom or the practice setting, nurse educators prepare and mentor patient care providers and the future leaders of our profession.
- Nurse executives have the opportunity to shape the health care policies at their organizations or facilities, and help their nursing staff provide the best client care possible.
So, what’s your perfect fit? If meaningful one-on-one care, flexible schedules, and career advancement are important to you, consider a career in home care nursing with BAYADA. We take care to match you with clients who fit your skills, interests, and personality. Enjoy full- and part-time opportunities in a variety of areas including pediatrics, adult private duty nursing, hospice, and home health senior care.