When you hear about nurses, you probably think of registered nurses—the ones who work at nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals, assisting doctors with patient care. But there are countless other places nurses can work with a variety of certifications and education levels.
Check out these five types of nurses you didn’t know existed:
- Critical Care Flight NurseCritical care flight nurses spend their days rescuing patients via helicopter in remote areas. They must be fit since they often walk over tough terrain, carrying medical equipment in rescue situations. These types of nurses must respond quickly to emergencies and have the skills to deal with patients in critical condition.
That’s why it’s recommended that critical care flight nurses have five years or more experience working in a trauma ER. Some employers may also want flight nurses to have been certified by the Board of Certification for Emergency of Nursing (BCEN) and Life Support certifications from the American Heart Association.
- Drug-Endangered Children’s NurseThese nurses are a critical piece of the foster care system. Drug-endangered children’s nurses help provide support to children who have been neglected or who are coming from homes with drugs in them. These nurses touch on physical and emotional healing techniques. They also aid in putting children in loving foster homes to help them live a more stable life.
- Forensic NurseWhile a forensic nurse won’t investigate crime scenes like the guys you see on “CSI,” they are a valuable part of the forensics team. Forensic nurses are in charge of collecting crime evidence from victims. They use their medical knowledge to develop detailed reports on crimes like sexual assault and physical abuse, taking photos, measuring wounds, and collecting hairs or fluid from the victim’s body.
Forensic nurses don’t need additional certification to become a general forensic nurse, but after several years experience, they may choose to become a certified sexual assault nurse examiner. They might explore other nursing degree options beyond an associate’s degree to specialize in, such as getting a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Forensic Nursing certificate or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
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