Registered Nurse Specialties
RNs Specializing in a Work Setting or TreatmentRNs specializing in a particular disease, ailment, or health care condition are employed in virtually all work settings, including physicians’ offices, outpatient treatment facilities, home health care agencies, and hospitals.
Addictions nurses use their expertise in addictions to provide treatment and rehabilitation for addicted individuals. They utilize a problem-solving format to assess patients, identify problems, plan and implement interventions, and evaluate the outcomes. These nurses work in hospital substance abuse recovery clinics, individual treatment centers and practices and anywhere where individuals suffering from addiction are treated.
Intellectual and developmental disabilities nurses provide care for patients with developmental disabilities; care may include help with feeding, controlling bodily functions, sitting or standing independently, and speaking or other communication. They are employed in group homes and hospitals.
Diabetes Management Nursing
Diabetes management nurses help patients manage diabetes on both a physical and mental level. They provide advice on exercise, diet and medication and monitoring insulin levels. They also show patients how to manage the mental aspects of the disease and adjust to lifestyle changes. These nurses often work in outpatient clinics and hospitals.
Genetics nurses help people at risk or affected by diseases with a genetic component achieve and maintain health. Their duties include early detection screenings, counseling, and treatment of patients. They work in hospitals and specialized treatment centers.
HIV/AIDS nurses care for those infected with HIV or AIDS cope with the physical, social, and psychological aspects of their disease, and to minimize pain and maximize independence. They also play the role of educator teaching individuals on how to prevent the spread of HIV and helping family members of those infected with the disease. HIV/AIDS nurses work in hospitals, clinics and residential facilities.
Oncology nurses provide care and support for patients diagnosed with cancer. They administer chemotherapy, conduct patient teaching, and manage illness- and treatment-related symptoms. These nurses work in Cancer treatment centers and hospitals.
Wound, ostomy, and continence nurses treat individuals with stomas, vascular and pressure wounds, draining wounds, neuropathic wounds, and fistulas, and help patients manage these conditions. Hospitals are the primary place of employment for these types of nurses.