What Type of Nurse Should I Be? Find The Right Nursing Field

What Type of Nurse Should I Be? Find The Right Nursing Field

20 December 2018 By Kate

Nursing student learning about different types of nursing fields

For the past 16 years, the results of the Gallup Poll indicate that nurses are the most trusted profession when it comes to honesty and integrity.

If you’re considering a nursing career, there are many types of nursing specialties to consider. You may know that you want to be a nurse but not yet know what level of degree or type of nurse you should be.

A nurse can be the entry-level Licensed Practical Nurse or the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or one of the many layers in between. The education needed for each of these levels can also vary depending on what type of nursing field you’d like to pursue.

Types of Nursing Education Programs

Nursing education comes in many forms such as traditional programs, accelerated programs, and bridge programs.

Nursing degree levels include:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse – (LPN) Programs – one-year certificate/diploma programs
  • Registered Nurse Associate Degree (ADN)-18 month-2 year community college programs
  • Registered Nurse Bachelor’s Degree (BSN)-4 year pre-licensure degree-university programs
  • LPN to BSN – allows LPNs to earn a bachelor’s degree
  • RN to BSN- post licensure degree that allows ADN nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Direct Entry MSN-this is a program for non-nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another field
  • RN to MSN-for RNs with an Associate Degree
  • MSN Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN Certified Nurse Midwife
  • MSN Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • BSN to DNP-post Bachelor’s DNP allows nurses with a BSN to earn both an MSN and DNP
  • MSN to DNP-post Master’s DNP provides advanced training for MSN holders
  • PhD-Nursing Research

Types of Nursing Specialties

There are also many different types of nurses and specialty nursing areas.

You will find that many opportunities will come your way and your nursing career path may take you in many directions.

Here are examples of different types of nurses and specialty areas:

  • Medical-Surgical Nurse
  • Clinic Nurse
  • Dialysis Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Informatics Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Cardiac Nurse
  • ER Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Family Practice Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Travel Nurse
  • Endoscopy Nurse
  • Primary Care Nurse
  • OB/GYN Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Nurse Educator

Depending on the area of nursing you are working in will impact the days and hours you may work.

For example, a Medical-Surgical nurse is most likely working in an acute care hospital where patient care is provided 24/7. Work hours may be 12 hour days or 12 hour nights depending on preference and need. Alternatively, a clinic nurse usually works in a facility that has Monday – Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm hours.

LPN Nursing Program at Pioneer Pacific College

Nursing students in our Practical Nursing (LPN) program gain practical, hands-on experience through interdisciplinary settings of community health facilities. Student nurses gain skills with injections, medication administration, wound care, and urinary catheterization.

After successful program completion, graduates will be eligible to apply to the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) to sit for The National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN. Once licensed, graduates may be employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Where Can You Work as an LPN?

The Licensed Practical Nurse is trained to work in all areas of health care, however, the types of job opportunities vary from state to state.

In Oregon, an LPN may work at hospital clinics, physician’s offices, long-term care facilities, the VA hospital, and VA clinic, surgery suites, the Oregon State Hospital, pediatric clinics, county public health centers, home care, school nursing and occasionally in women’s care.

At Pioneer Pacific College, we offer career service assistance to our graduates to help you find the right placement once you’ve earned your LPN degree.

Pursue Your Nursing Career

Take the next step towards your new nursing career by exploring our Practical Nursing Program information. You could complete the program 50 academic weeks!

Talk with our experienced admissions officers at Pioneer Pacific College!

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