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The evolution of nursing: Which specialty is right for you?

Just like physicians, the nursing profession appears to be shifting away from one of a generalized nurse and towards one where nurses are trained and mentored to handle certain areas. There are many specialty options for those who are interested in the nursing profession, or who have already received their training and are looking to specialize.

Examples include:

  • Dialysis. Certified dialysis nurses specialize in helping patients with kidney issues. This specialty is reportedly growing at one of the fastest rates within the nursing profession and is expected to increase by over 25% before 2022. Certification requires at least 2000 hours of experience and takes approximately two years.
  • Midwife. A nurse midwife provides prenatal, postnatal and labor and delivery care for the birth mother and infant. This specialty requires a Master of Science in nursing.
  • Anesthetist. A nurse anesthetist aids with anesthesia during surgery. Nurses must have two years’ experience prior to enrolling for a Masters in Nursing in a nurse anesthesia program. In some cases, this specialty can also require a doctoral degree.
  • Educator. A nurse educator provides those with a passion for teaching the joys of nursing an opportunity to share their experience with others looking to join the profession. This specialty generally requires a masters or doctoral degree in nursing.

Individuals that choose to pursue these professions can spend thousands of hours studying to receive certification. As a result, once you have achieved this goal it is wise to take any notification that the nursing board is reviewing an allegation against you seriously. A board review can result in probation, suspension or even revocation of your license. Contact an attorney experienced in dealing with nursing boards to discuss your options.

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