10 Different Types of Nursing

If you are looking to start a nursing career, you should know the different types of nursing. Nursing is a wide industry that has an array of subspecialties. Pursuing a subspecialty within nursing enables you to take full advantage of the expanding job market. This way, you can accelerate your professional development. 

There are well over ten different types of nursing. However, this post will focus on ten of the most popular nursing subspecialties.

List of 10 Different Types Of Nursing

You'll find a comprehensive list of the 10 different types of nursing below. Also, we have provided job descriptions, educational prerequisites, and expected salaries for each subspecialty.

Licensed Practical Nurse

Basic patient care is provided by LPNs, who collaborate closely with nurse practitioners and doctors. Many aspiring nurses get their foot in the door as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) before going on to get an associate's (ASN) or a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN).

There is a rising demand for LPNs as well as the services they provide in long-term care settings like nursing homes, hospices, and other similar facilities because of the aging of the population. The BLS projects a 6-percent rise in LPN jobs between now and 2031.

Registered Nurse (RN)

When it comes to assisting healthcare organizations in providing high-quality treatment to a patient population that is both varied and increasing, registered nurses (RNs) are key players. According to the Office of Labor Statistics, the number of opportunities available for registered nurses is predicted to increase by up to 5 percent until the year 2031.

Travel Nurse

Registered nurses are willing to travel to other healthcare facilities to help meet staffing needs. Travel nurses may be called upon to cover for absent local nurses due to maternity leave, illness, or a national emergency such as a natural catastrophe.

Med-surgical nurse

A medical-surgical nurse tends to patients on the hospital's med-Surg floor. Since med-Surg nurses sometimes have to care for numerous patients at once, they are usually very good at managing their time and being organized.

Emergency Room Nurse

Nurses who work in hospitals' emergency rooms treat patients in critical condition who have arrived at the hospital quickly. ER nurses must have excellent communication, critical reasoning, and cooperation skills to effectively coordinate patient care and share information with members of the emergency medical team and first responders with whom they often collaborate.

Oncology Nurse

Oncology nurses play a vital role in cancer care at every stage, from screenings to symptom management. Although hospitals are where you will most often find them at work, home care agencies, specialized clinics, and walk-in clinics are all potential employers as well.

Nurse Manager

A nurse manager is a senior nurse who coordinates the activities of a group of healthcare professionals and nurses. They guarantee better results for patients and let facilities provide better treatment overall.

In order to effectively lead teams and coordinate patient care, nurse managers need a blend of great leadership, critical reasoning, and communication abilities. A career as a nurse manager may be ideal if you want to help raise the bar for the quality of care provided to patients.

Nurse Anesthetist

When it comes to the safe and effective administration of anesthesia, only a certain subset of APRNs, known as "nurse anesthetists," come close to meeting the necessary standards. They are qualified to practice in a wide range of settings, from hospitals and clinics to homes and military bases. They are not limited to clinical roles but may educate, research, or manage programs.

Nurse Midwife

Registered nurses with advanced experience who specialize in gynecological, obstetric, and women's health care are called nurse midwives. It is not uncommon for them to be the first point of contact for new mothers and their infants. They may also be a part of a family's overarching wellness care by teaching parents how to keep their young healthy.

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners (NPs) offer comprehensive medical services, such as diagnosing and treating acute, severe, and episodic illnesses and promoting overall health and well-being. A family nurse (FNP) is a nurse practitioner (NP) who treats patients of all ages.


There is more need for nurses these days than there has ever been. This post has shown you ten different types of nurses, their job descriptions, and expected salaries. Do you have any questions? Feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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