Top Nursing Careers in Demand
Nursing careers are financially and personally rewarding. The nursing field provides job security and more jobs than any other healthcare occupation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a big demand for nurses; the current large shortage of nurses is projected to increase over the years.
With so many specialties, it’s difficult to choose just one. Specialties provide a bigger paycheck and some provide opportunities to work in interesting jobs outside of hospitals.
We’ve created a list of the 10 best nursing careers based on salary, employment outlook, flexibility, and job satisfaction. The list, which is alphabetical order by career title, includes 2010 salary information from Monster.com, a leading global online employment website.
Certified Dialysis Nurse
What they do: Certified dialysis nurses help people whose kidneys don’t perform properly and who have to rely on dialysis machines to eliminate waste products from their body. Certified dialysis nurse is one of the nation’s fastest growing nursing specialties. There’s a high demand and a low supply of certified dialysis nurses. They’re also in demand on cruise ships. Most of the nurses employed at dialysis clinics enjoy a 9-to-5 working schedule—a breeze compared to hospital shifts.
Qualifications: An RN license and at least 2, 000 hours taking care of dialysis and nephrology patients in the past two years, as well as 15 hours of continuing education credits in nephrology. Certified dialysis nurses also need to pass an official certification test.
Salary: $63, 500
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC)
CLNC is an excellent career for nurses not interested in working in a hospital. Some CLNCs work in law offices or from their homes. Others work for government agencies, insurance companies, or private corporations.
What they do: A CLNC is an RN who utilizes her or his healthcare expertise along with specialized CLNC training to consult on medical related lawsuits. CLNCs offer attorneys cost-effective expertise about nursing and the healthcare system. They perform research, assist with discovery, identify standards of care, review medical records, prepare reports and summaries, and locate expert witnesses.
Qualifications: A current RN license, but a BSN is not required.
Salary: $62, 100
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
What they do: CNMs do more than deliver babies; they provide a variety of healthcare to female patients such as gynecological exams, family-planning education, and prenatal and postnatal care.
Qualifications: A master’s degree, such as a master of science in nursing. CNMs work in hospitals, health departments, clinics, private practices, and homes.
Salary: $84, 000
Nurse anesthetist is one of the highest-paid nursing specialists.
What they do: Nurse anesthetists administer and maintain anesthesia. They collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, and dentists to administer anesthesia medications.
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