For RNs, there are many possibilities for working with a specific patient group. Some of them are discussed here.
1. Addiction nurses: They care for patients who need help to overcome addictions for alcohol, drugs, and other substances.
2. Cardiovascular nurses: They care for patients with heart diseases and those who have undergone heart surgeries.
3. Critical care nurses: They work at intensive care units in hospitals; providing care to patients with serious, complex, acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.
4. Genetics nurses: They provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis.
5. Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.
6. Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse or from other reasons.
7. Public health nurses: They promote public health by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of diseases or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs.
8. Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.
9. Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.
So, once you become a RN, you have a wide range of area to choose from. Opportunity awaits!