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Guide to Nursing Specializations and Concentrations

Kasia Kovacs, MS
Updated October 3, 2023
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Curious about different types of nurses? This guide explores more than 100 nursing fields, so you can make an informed decision about your career path.
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Nurses take on vital jobs in the healthcare industry. Many nurses find their profession fulfilling, stable, and well paying — plus, the industry continues to add new job opportunities every day.

With so many different types of nurses, though, it can be difficult to nail down a specialization that works for you. Nursing fields run the gamut, with nurses focusing on forensics, heart health, obesity, genetics, and even business, to name just a few. Sometimes students know their chosen pathway during their undergraduate degree; others might not know until they gain a bit of experience in the field.

So, what type of nurses are there? This guide lists more than 100 nursing specialties, exploring different types of nursing jobs for anyone planning their future in the field.



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Brandy Gleason, MSN, MHA, BC-NC

Brandy Gleason, MSN, MHA, BC-NC, is a nursing professional with nearly 20 years of varied nursing experience. Gleason currently teaches as an assistant professor of nursing within a prelicensure nursing program and coaches graduate students. Her passion and area of research centers around coaching nurses and nursing students to build resilience and avoid burnout.

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