Nurses considering a specialty should evaluate the direction of the healthcare industry to ensure job security after graduation. Approximately 700,000 jobs are expected to be added to the nursing field from 2010 to 2020. While working with babies and major hospitals are popular specialties for many nurses, they aren’t the only opportunities available.
Check out these five nursing careers in high demand, along with a job description and median salary. The list was compiled from information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Home Health Care Nurse: Home health nurses provide nursing care for patients who are physically unable to visit a doctor’s office or treatment facility. This includes patients with long-term illness or disability, and also persons who are recuperating from major surgery. The duties of home health nurses range from taking vital signs to assess health progress and needs. Home health care nurses monitor how well patients perform certain tasks that may be hindered by a condition or surgery. Median salary: $65,120
- Private Practice (offices of physicians): One or more physicians own the practice and employ other physicians or providers. RNs in a private practice promote and restore patients’ health by working with physicians and multidisciplinary team members to provide physical and psychological support to patients friends’ and families in a multitude of specialty areas. Median salary: $72,890
- Outpatient Care Nurse: Evaluates assigned patients within an outpatient facility or clinic. Provides short-term care and plans. Implements and documents nursing care of a patient. Determines the appropriate equipment that will be needed, makes preparations and assists physicians during examinations. Performs various patient tests and administers medications within the scope of practice of the registered nurse. Median salary: $72,220
- Mental Health and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: These nurses play a vital role in mental health. Psychiatric nurse practitioners, or advanced practice psychiatric nurses, assess the mental health needs of individuals, families and groups. Psychiatric nurses can choose to pursue work in specific treatment venues and with many different conditions in the mental health population. Median salary: $90,060
- Nurse Instructor: The functions of a nurse instructor are to provide nursing professional development and education. They assist nurses in preparing for modern practice and support them in obtaining the knowledge needed to gather patient health data to determine diagnoses, identify outcomes specific to the patient, develop personal care plans, execute the interventions identified in the plan of care and evaluate the patient’s progress in several healthcare settings. Median salary: $64,850
Occupational Employment and Wages: May 2011 – Registered Nurses
Occupational Employment and Wages: May 2012 – Nurse Practitioners
Occupational Employment and Wages: May 2012 – Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary