Different types of Nursing Jobs

 Nursing is one of the most popular professions in the country today with an estimated two and half million employees in the United States. So, as you might imagine,

there are a number of positions that a qualified nurse can apply for both in an out of the hospital.

In the Hospital

Staff Nurse

These nurses are nearly ubiquitous at most healthcare facilities. It is their responsibility to take care of the patients on the floor. Generally speaking, they can work in any ward of the hospital they choose, whether it be the maternity, cancer, children’s, or the psychiatric ward.

Surgical Nurse

It is the responsibility of these nurses to prep patients for surgery and also to assist doctors during the procedure. Afterwards, they are often in charge of monitoring the patient’s progress and reporting it to the doctors.

Nurse Supervisor

 As you might expect, it is the job of these nurses to monitor the staff nurses on their floor. They are responsible for managing the work schedule and they may also be in charge of hiring and firing members of the staff.

House Supervisor Nurses

These nurses are in charge of all wards and floors of the hospital and it is their job to oversee the nurse supervisors.

Out of the Hospital

Though most nurses are employed by large healthcare facilities, like a hospital, nurses can work in a variety of settings. For example, nurses can work in schools, doctor’s offices, or be employed at a private home. They may also choose to specialize in a particular field, such as emergency care, elderly home care, or pediatrics.

Educational requirements for Nurses

Becoming a nurse takes years of study and many additional years of on the job training. In this section we are going to take a look at some of the most popular nursing titles and what it takes to achieve them.

Registered Nurse (RN)

To become a registered nurse an applicant is expected to have either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). However, requirements may vary from state to state.

Licensed Practice Nurses

Because their jobs are more technical and involve monitoring vital signs and taking lab samples, licenses practice nurses must have a higher level of education than registered nurses.  In a lot of ways, licensed practice nurses provide some of the same basic care as doctors. They can diagnose symptoms, recommend treatments, and even write prescriptions. Most licensed practice programs require at least one year of practice training. But to even be accepted into these programs, an applicant must have a four-year degree. Many licensed practice nurses also complete at least a year of graduate study.  

Nurse Supervisors 

Just like a licensed practice nurse, a nurse supervisor must have a four-year degree. Additionally, they are often expected to have completed post graduate work and at least a year of practice training.

Nursing is a demanding job, not only physically, but also mentally. It often requires that employees work long hours, nights, weekends, and even on holidays. After all, health care facilities never close. For these reasons, and many more, nurses are often well compensated. The average salary for a nurse in America is about $60,000. Positions that require additional training and schooling often pay up to $90,000 per annum. Also, to get interviews, make sure your nursing resume is flawless and make you stand out from the crowd.


Gail Esparan