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RN opportunities There is no profession which offers as many opportunities for diversified roles as does nursing. Nurses may follow their personal and professional interests by working with any group of people, in any setting, at any time. Some nurses follow the traditional role of working in a hospital setting. Within the hospital setting, nurses may work in areas including: Critical Care; Emergency; Maternal/Child Care; Medical: Cardiology, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Gerontology, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Pulmonary, Rehabilitation, Renal, Rheumatology, Urology; Operating Room/Recovery Room; Pediatrics; Psychiatric/Mental Health; Surgical: Burn, Cardiovascular, Ear/Nose/Throat, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Plastic Reconstructive, Transplant Others may work in non-hospital settings including: Public/Community Health; Mental Health Agencies; Home Health Care; Physician's Office; Health Maintenance Organizations and Managed Care Companies; Insurance; Occupational Health; Research Centers; Extended Care Facilities; Clinics; Outpatient Surgery Centers; Hospices; Community Schools, Day Care Centers; Military Branches; Independent Practice; Schools of Nursing; Senior Centers, Shelters, Churches RNs can specialize in neonatal, pediatric, gerontologic, or geriatric care. Nurses that specialize by work setting or treatment type may include the following: Medical and Surgical Nurses - found in all healthcare settings and perform a variety of basic nursing functions Home Healthcare Nurses - work at patients' homes to aide with the recovery from accidents, surgical procedures, or childbirth Transplant Nurses - monitor both transplant recipients and donors to ensure organs are not rejected and that both patients heal properly Critical Care Nurses - work in a hospitals' critical or intensive care ward, and mainly work with cardiovascular, respiratory, and pulmonary failure Emergency and Trauma Nurses work in hospital emergency departments, treating life threatening conditions. They may also work as Flight Nurses, providing patient care in helicopters while en route to the nearest medical facility Specialty nurses working in the organ and body type category are generally found in specialist offices or outpatient care centers. These nurses normally work with one of the following specialists: Dermatologists - focusing on skin related conditions Gynecologists - focusing on women's reproductive systems Orthopedic Nurses - focusing on muscular and skeletal issues Nephrologists - focusing on kidney diseases The final category, disease, ailment, or condition nurses may be employed in any type of healthcare setting. They commonly work with oncology, genetics, addictions, HIV/AIDS, or developmental disabilities. There are also positions requiring candidates to possess RN licensure which requires little or no contact with the patients. These occupations include nurse administrators, forensic nurses, case managers, and others.
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