With the multitude of nursing specialties and healthcare settings, there can be a vast selection of employment opportunities for RNs. Many healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics, provide care for patients 24 hours a day. This means nurses and other staff are needed for round-the-clock care. RNs can have the opportunity to fill many different work schedule options, such as shifts that cover working days, nights, weekends, and holidays. They may also work on-call, which means that they are on duty and must be available to work on short notice. There are also opportunities for RNs to work in other settings such as schools, offices, and facilities that do not operate 24 hours a day that can offer schedules within standard business day hours.
There are many nursing specialties, which provide RNs with an assortment of job options. Below is a sample list of areas nurses may choose to work, shared from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.
Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.
Critical care nurses work in intensive care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.
Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.
Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.
Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.
Public health nurses promote public health by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs.
Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.
Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, 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