Job opportunities in the nursing profession are expected to rise faster than the norm over the next decade and will continue to make nursing an attractive career choice. Registered nurse (RN) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. Many specialty areas within nursing require additional education. Some RNs may combine specialties.
For_example, pediatric oncology nurses deal with children and adolescents who have cancer. In addition, new medical technology will provide nurses with new opportunities for career advancement. New technology will increase the number of medical treatments and procedures that nurses can perform and create a need for more, and better trained nurses.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
An advanced-practice registered nurse with a master’s degree whose care focuses on a very specific patient population ( medical, surgical, diabetic, cardiovascular, operating room, emergency room, critical care, or geriatric, neonatal, etc.)
Nurse Practitioner (NP)
A registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables him or her to diagnose and mange common acute and chronic illness, either independently or as a part of a health care team. Nurses practitioner provide some care previously offered only by physicians and in most states have the ability to prescribe medications. In some instances, technology will enable nurses to perform tasks previously done only by physicians.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LVN or LPN)
Licensed by the sate to provide direct patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse. Called Licensed vocational nurse in Texas and California. Employment of licensed practical nurses is expected to grow faster than average, with nursing homes offering the most new jobs as the number of aged and disabled persons in need of rehabilitation and long term care rises rapidly.