RN School

What options are there for specialization as an RN?

Among the things that contribute to the highly dynamic nature and wide appeal of registered nursing are the many opportunities for highly specialized vocational training through online and campus based RN schools. Within nearly every imaginable specialized field of medicine you’ll find an RN who has received specialized training to develop the skill sets specific to that field. From pediatrics to geriatrics; there are specialized training programs designed for registered nurses interested in all fields of medicine. This abridged list represents some of the many specialized vocations available to registered nurses:

  • Dermatological nursing
  • Pediatric oncological nursing
  • Ambulatory care nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Perioperative nursing
  • Trauma and emergency nursing
  • Diabetes management nursing
  • Infusion nursing
  • Long-term care nursing
  • Holistic nursing
  • Hospice and palliative care nursing
  • Home healthcare nursing
  • Medical-surgical nursing
  • Occupational health nursing
  • Gynecological nursing
  • Cardiovascular nursing
  • Gastroenterological nursing
  • Oncological nursing
  • Respiratory nursing
  • Otorhinolaryngological nursing
  • Urological nursing
  • Addictions nursing
  • Developmental disabilities nursing
  • Radiological nursing
  • Transplant nursing
  • Perianesthesia nursing
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Psychiatric-mental health nursing

What are the advanced degree options through RN schools for those already practicing?

Registered Nurse SchoolsAfter the completion of undergraduate RN programs leading to an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) or a BSN (Bachelor Degree in Nursing) many choose to advance their training and expand their scope of practice by pursuing graduate study through RN schools. Expanding one’s scope of practice can mean focusing on a specific nursing specialty or conducting research work. The following advanced nursing degrees pave the way to a career in a specialized clinic or hospital, as well as provide opportunities for advanced research and teaching positions at RN colleges:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): After earning a BSN two to three years of additional classroom and clinical training will earn practicing RNs one of the most respected credentials in nursing. Aspiring to an MSN after graduating with a bachelor’s degree will distinguish those nurses disciplined enough to complete these programs. An MSN will not only garner the respect of peers and other medical professionals, it will also create opportunities to work in highly specialized fields of medicine. MSN programs are often designed to help RNs gain greater core knowledge of a specialized field of medicine to develop the skills most applicable to the specialty. For nurses interested in pursuing specialized nursing in lieu of general practice, the Master of Science in Nursing is the way.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD): Earning a PhD in nursing is typically reserved for those interested in research work and university level professorship. Doctorate level programs can build upon either previous master’s or bachelor’s level training. At the core of doctorate programs in nursing is the ideological perspective that through advanced erudition, these scholars will contribute to the betterment of the profession, as well as the society this profession serves. This is achieved through dissertation research in either one of two areas of focus: Health Status and Functioning of Families, or Heath and Functional Status of Individuals and Communities.

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