The different types of nursing professions

The different types of nursing professions

  • Posted On : 9/19/2018 1:37 PM

There are more than 2.7 million registered nurses in hospitals, private physician offices, clinics and other healthcare facilities. The nursing field is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S., and shows no stopping in the future. There are a number of reasons why people become nurses but a majority want to help others! (This is a great quality to have.)

There are over 10 different kinds of occupations in nursing! We all know about  RNs and LPNs, but what about OR and emergency room nurses. Yes, they have an BSN, but they are doing different duties in the medical field.

Registered Nurse (RN)

An RN is one of the most common nursing career paths! What does a RN do? They are in charge of attending to their patients, helping with medical and prescription literacy, recording and charting all changes in their patient’s medical records, performing tests and helping patients manage their illness why they’re at the clinic or hospital. An RN is typically the first person to take care of the patient.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

The nurses underneath an RN are LPNs! They work directly with RNs and physicians. These nurses help check patient’s vitals, help with dressing, provide basic patient care and bathe the patient. Another important part of their job is recording patient’s charts so the RN has an updated chart to review and document in the system.

Travel Nurse

A traveling nurse works from hospital to hospital or clinic to clinic on contract work. When the hospital is low on RNs, NPs or LPNs, then the traveling nurse will take the place of this job until the position is filled. In this case, a traveling nurse can be in charge of everything from being the first line of medical professionals to provide care to charting the patient’s charts.

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

An NP can prescribe medications, examine patients, diagnose illnesses and provide treatment. They  can be your primary physician on your medical insurance as well. In over 20 states, an NP doesn’t need to be underneath a physician. NPs have more authority than RNs.But in the 30 other states, an NP needs a physician to sign-off on high-stake patient cases or recommend patients to a specialist. So if can’t get in to see a physician, that’s okay because an NP might be able to help you out!

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

The intensive care unit is a place for patients who are either critical injured or sick. You will be working with patients who are in a sensitive recovery state. In a small hospital, you could be dealing with patient who would typically go to a trauma unit in larger, urban hospitals. Most ICU nurses will only have one or two patients per nurse. They attend to the patient, provide care, monitor their condition and other duties.  

Medical-surgical nurse

Next to an RN, this is one of the largest nursing specialties. Medical- surgical nurses have several patients, administer medication for patients, have the ability to admit and discharge patients and oversee the entire team.  Next to an RN, you most likely will see the medical-surgical nurse the most often!

Emergency room nurse

At one point you have most likely been to an emergency room. The emergency room is a hectic place whether you are the patient or not. This is often the first place patients who have been accidents, extremely ill or other cases begin their recovery journey. If the medical illness or condition needs to be overseen by another medical wing then the patient is transported and admitted there. This fast-paced job requires these nurses to stabilize patients, help minimize pain, help figure out medical conditions or illnesses and help educate patients.

All of these nurses have different duties and tasks, a number of patients and more to deal with on a daily basis, but FlowCARE Nurse Server can help them all.

How all these nurses can use FlowCARE

FlowCARE nurse server is a decentralized nurse server! This means our server is located feet  away from the patient’s bedside and accessible from in  and outside the patient room. All of their medication is in one place, LPNs can put clean clothes on patients and put dirty ones right in the server.

Furthermore, FlowCARE helps nurses be the first one there in a moment or crisis or when a call button is pushed. The faster the response time, the faster a patient can be helped. A nurse walks an average of over 10,000 steps a day. FlowCARE can help cut down on this walking back and forth and keep all their items in one place. Finally, our server can work for any wing in a hospital and offers customizability.


Our nurse servers were made with ALL nursing professionals in mind! For more information, contact us today. 

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