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Did you know there are many different types of nurses? Nurses are so important to the medical profession that some specialize in one area of medicine - such as Orthopaedics or Pediatrics.

Nurses go to school for years to learn about biology, anatomy, mental health, hygiene, medicine, and hundreds of other related things. When school is over they must pass a test to become a Registered Nurse (RN), a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Nurses are known to care a lot about people who are sick. That is why nurses are sometimes called "angels of mercy."

Many nurses continue their education to learn more about an area of medicine they like. They become a specialist in a particular subject. Maybe there is a subject in school that you spend more time learning about because you enjoy it. Nurses are no different.

Here is a partial list of different types of nurses. Maybe you have met one of these nurses.

Pediatric Nurse
Orthopaedic Nurse
Operating Room Nurse
Nurse Educator
Office Nurse
Emergency Room Nurse
Industrial Nurse
Community Health Nurse
Gerontological Nurse
Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse
Anesthesiology Nurse

... And the list goes on - As you can see from this short list, there are many types of nurses who work in a variety of settings.

Nurses have many duties. They carry out the orders doctors give for patient care, plan patient treatment, monitor vital signs, read patient charts and reports, give medicine, keep a written record of each patient's progress, and hundreds (probably thousands!) of other important tasks. Nurses also help patients cope with pain, fear, anxiety, and grief. Some nurses supervise other nurses and hospital workers that make up a health care team.

Doctors often have nurses explain things to patients and parents in simpler terms. Nurses are a great resource for questions about your condition. If scheduled for any tests, procedures or surgery, the nurse will teach you about each step and help prepare you for treatment. Being a nurse can be a rewarding, challenging, and exciting profession.

Written by Mary Rodts, DNP
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