Thursday, July 12, 2012
Although I am about to list the top six nursing careers I have found through my research, I must first express that your career is more than just choosing the best paying or most interesting-sounding path. Your career is about choosing something that you love to do with people you love to do it with.
If you are a pacifist, nursing with the military is not likely your best option. Similarly, if you do not like working with critically ill patients, do not choose trauma nursing because it pays well or sounds adventurous! However, if you love children, working as a certified school nurse may be right up your alley! Here are 6 hot nursing career paths:
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). This type of nursing requires advanced education and training. A CRNA works with a surgical team and performs anesthesia functions. This is an up and coming field with projections for huge growth in the coming decades. A CRNA has increased professional liability. For more information, click here.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). Practitioners in this field are often referred to simply as Nurse Practitioners (NPs). Like a CRNA, earning an ARNP certification/licensure requires advanced education and training. An ARNP works under established protocols in family medicine, midwifery, pediatrics, and public health. There is a great deal of autonomy in this field. If you are considering entering the field, visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.