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5 Booming Nursing Specialities Where the Demand is High

June 3, 2020 | Staff Writers

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It is not secret that the field of nursing is booming. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the demand for nurses in the US will soar by 26% by 2020. This means that there will be a greater demand for nurses than the supply, which means that you will always be able to find work and a good salary.

Also, in some of the most in-demand nursing specialties, demand is even greater. In many of these specialties, there is a constantly increasing demand with every passing year. This is because the population is getting older and there are more treatment options for all sorts of illnesses.

If you want to pursue a career in nursing, you should read on to learn about five of the most booming nursing specialities.

#1 Certified Nursing Anesthetist

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This is a nurse that administers anesthesia to patients under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. These professionals work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists and podiatrists so that anesthesia medications are safely administered. There is a growing demand for nurses who have earned a master’s degree in a nursing anesthetist program, and the salary is around $135,000 per year.

#2 Certified Dialysis Nurse

This type of nurse assists people whose kidneys are not working right and who have to use dialysis machines to get rid of waste products from the body. This is one of the fastest growing specialties in the nursing field. Interestingly, nurses in this field also are in demand on cruise ships. Many nurses that work at dialysis clinics enjoy a regular 9-5 working schedule, which is better for most people than a typical 12 hour nursing shift. You will need to have at least 2000 hours caring for patients on dialysis in the last two years, and you will need to take a certification test. Median salary is $63,000.

#3 Certified Legal Nurse Consultant

This is a fine career specialty in nursing if you do not want to always work in a hospital. Many in this field work in an law officer or even from their home. You will use your health care and nursing expertise to consult on  lawsuits that are related to medical issues. You will be able to offer an attorney very cost effective expertise about the healthcare system and about nursing. Some of the things that you will do in this field include research, discovery, review standards of care, go over medical records, prepare reports, and find expert witnesses. Media salary is $62,000.

#4 Certified Nurse Midwife

In this speciality of nursing, you will deliver babies, provide healthcare to female patients, and provide family planning education and prenatal/postnatal care. You will have the highest degree of success if you have a master of science in nursing. You can work in a hospital, health department, clinic, private practice or a home. Median salary is $84,000.

#5 Nurse Case Manager

Becoming a nurse case manager is a good way for an RN to get away from the regular job of nursing. A nurse case manager will monitor how a patient is progressing and evaluate their care. Sometimes you will suggest other treatments. Sometimes they will be advocates for the patient, but in other cases they are trying to find the most cost effective care for the insurance provider. Many people in this field are employed by insurance companies. The median salary is $69,000.

By selecting these booming nursing specialities, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a highly productive nursing career. And, you will be able to earn a good salary while you are doing it.

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