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The field of nursing has dozens of different specialties that students can pursue once they have met the basic educational requirements to become registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. With additional education and training, nurses may move on to become certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and nurse educators, or they work in different areas of hospitals, such as geriatrics, labor and delivery, emergency room, obstetrics and many other nursing specialties.

Specialty nursing careers

Demand for registered nurses is expected to grow 19 percent, or 526,800 new jobs, from 2012 through 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) reports. However, demand is much stronger for nursing specialties, including:

  • Nurse practitioners (34 percent)
  • Nurse midwives (29 percent)
  • Nurse anesthetists (25 percent)

All told, the three nursing specialties are projected to grow by 47,600 positions through from 2012 through 2022, the BLS reports. Other nursing specialty professions include charge nurses, clinical nurse managers, chief nursing officers, intensive care nurses and ambulatory surgical nurses.

Nursing education, degrees and certifications

Specialty nurses typically need years of intensive training and education -- nurse practitioners and nurse midwives usually have completed master's- and sometimes doctorate-level educational programs, the BLS reports.

It doesn't take years to get started in the profession, though. Some nurses choose to get their start in the field by working as licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses. LVNs and LPNs typically complete yearlong educational programs at nursing trade schools or community colleges and pass state licensing tests. Some LVNs choose to further their education by completing associate's or bachelor's degrees in nursing and becoming registered nurses.

Coursework for nursing education programs varies between classes in theory and practice. Coursework at nursing trade schools can include:

  • Basic and advanced nursing theory and research
  • Organization, delivery and health care policy
  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing assessment
  • Nursing leadership

Nurse education programs vary by institution and degree conferred -- usually a diploma or associate's and bachelor's degrees.

Nursing salaries and career outlook

LVNs and LPNs are the lowest-paid nurses, the BLS reports. Still, LPNs earned national median hourly wages of $20.15 in May of 2013, the BLS reports. The top 10 percent took home 27.90 an hour, while the lowest 10 percent earned $15.05.

With their more advanced education, registered nurses command higher wages. RNs earned national median hourly wages of $31.84 in May of 2013, the BLS reports. Nurse midwives earned national median hourly wages of $44.37, while nurse practitioners earned $44.55 an hour.

Growth for nurses of all types is expected to be highest in the country's most densely populated states, but nurses are in high demand in rural parts of the county as well, the BLS reports. Demand is driven primarily by increased need for health care services.

Nurses are the backbone of hospitals and physicians offices. Their scope of work varies by their education and the licenses they hold. Students interested in this growing field can get their careers started by enrolling at nurse vocational, trade and technical schools.

Sources:

Discover Nursing Specialties, Johnson & Johnson, Accessed July 24, 2014, http://www.discovernursing.com/explore-specialties#no-filters

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm

Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm#tab-1

Nurse Midwives, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291161.htm

Nurse Practitioners, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291171.htm

Registered Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

Registered Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

RN to BSN Curriculum, Jacksonville University School of Nursing, Accessed July 24, 2014, http://www.jacksonvilleu.com/programs/bachelors-degree/rn-to-bsn-online/curriculum/

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs : Nursing (BS), Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator (MSN), RN to Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in Nurse Administrator (MSN), and more..

Campus Locations :

High Point: 3975 Premier Center Drive High Point, NC 27265

Austin: 7700 W Parmer Ln, Building A, Suite A100 Austin, TX 78729

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Tampa: 4401 North Himes Ave., Suite 175 Tampa, FL 33614

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : M.S. in Nursing, A.A. in Health Care Administration, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and more..

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Online: Online, NM

Phoenix: Phoenix, AP

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Lone Tree: 10004 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Miami: 11410 NW 20th Street Miami, FL 33172

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

San Diego: 3870 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 310 San Diego, CA 92123

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Houston: 11451 Katy Freeway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77079

Killeen: 902 West Central Texas Expressway Suite 300 Killeen, TX 76541

Fort Lauderdale: 550 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Costa Mesa: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Arlington: 3900 Arlington Highlands Boulevard Suite 237 Arlington, TX 76018

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

San Jose: 3590 N. First St San Jose, CA 95134

Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Tucson: 300 South Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85711

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Baton Rouge: 2431 S. Acadian Thruway Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

San Antonio: 8200 West Interstate 10 Suite 910 San Antonio, TX 78230

Southfield: 26261 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

Chula Vista: 2060 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91915

Fresno: 45 East River Park Place West Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720

Diamond Bar: 1370 S. Valley Vista Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Palm Desert: 75153 Merle Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92211

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln College of Technology.

Programs : Nursing (RN), Medical Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

West Palm Beach: 2410 Metrocentre Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Marietta: 2359 Windy Hill Road Marietta, GA 30067

Melrose Park: 8317 W. North Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160

Start a great career in healthcare with Medical Careers Institute.

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Campus Locations :

Virginia Beach: 5501 Greenwich Road Suite #100 Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Manassas: 10021 Balls Ford Road #100 Manassas, VA 20109

Greensboro: 7802 Airport Center Drive Greensboro, NC 27409

North Charleston: 7410 Northside Drive #G101 North Charleston, SC 29420

Newport News: 1001 Omni Boulevard Suite #200 Newport News, VA 23606

Richmond: 800 Moorefield Park Drive #302 Richmond, VA 23236

Henrico: 2809 Emerywood Parkway Suite #400 Henrico, VA 23294

Raleigh: 4101 Doie Cope Road Raleigh, NC 27613

Charlotte: 4800 Airport Center Parkway #100 Charlotte, NC 28208

Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

Programs : Diploma - Nursing, Bachelor of Science - Nursing, Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

: 3280 W 3500 S , UT 84119

Henderson: 170 N. Stephanie Street 1st Floor Henderson, NV 89074

Alsip: 11560 South Kedzie Avenue Alsip, IL 60803

Denver: 9065 Grant St. Denver, CO 80229

Woodbridge: 14555 Potomac Mills Road Woodbridge, VA 22192

Renton: 981 Powell Ave. SW Ste. 200 Renton, WA 98057

LA Puente: 12801 Crossroads Parkway South LA Puente, CA 91746

Bedford Park: 7414 S. Cicero Avenue Bedford Park, IL 60499

Willowbrook: 6880 N Frontage Road Suite 400 Willowbrook, IL 60527

Everett: 906 SE Everett Mall Way Suite 600 Everett, WA 98208

San Francisco: 814 Mission Street Ste. 500 San Francisco, CA 94103

Newport News: 803 Diligence Dr. Newport News, VA 23606

Alhambra: 2215 W. Mission Road Alhambra, CA 91803

Gardena: 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Suite 275 Gardena, CA 90247

Merrillville: 707 E. 80th Place Suite 200 Merrillville, IN 46410

Chesapeake: 825 Greenbier Circle #100 Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23320

Earth City: 3420 Rider Trail South Earth City, MO 63045

Hayward: 22336 Main Street 1st Floor Hayward, CA 94541

Portland: 425 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

Atlanta: 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW Atlanta, GA 30331

Aurora: 14280 E. Jewell Ave. Ste 100 Aurora, CO 80012

Santa Ana: 500 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92703

San Jose: 1245 South Winchester Blvd Ste 102 San Jose, CA 95128

Vancouver: 120 N.E. 136th Ave Ste. 130 Vancouver, WA 98684

San Bernardino: 217 E. Club Center Drive Suite A San Bernardino, CA 92408

Bremerton: 155 Washington Avenue Suite 200 Bremerton, WA 98337

Melrose Park: 1101 W. North Avenue, Suite 1 Melrose Park, IL 60160

Ontario: 1460 S. Millikin Avenue Ontario, CA 91761

Los Angeles: 3460 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 500 Los Angeles, CA 90010

Reseda: 18040 Sherman Way Ste. 400 Reseda, CA 91335

Dallas: 6060 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75206

Fort Worth: 4200 South Freeway Suite 1940 Fort Worth, TX 76115

Tacoma: 2156 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402

Anaheim: 511 North Brookhurst Suite 300 Anaheim, CA 92801

Colorado Springs: 1815 Jet Wing Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Skokie: 9811 Woods Drive 2nd Floor Skokie, IL 60077

Seattle: 2111 N. Northgate Way Suite 218 Seattle, WA 98133

Springfield: 1010 West Sunshine Springfield, MO 65807

Arlington: 2801 E. Division Street Suite 250 Arlington, TX 76011

Kansas City: 1740 W. 92nd Street Kansas City, MO 64114

Torrance: 1231 Cabrillo Avenue Ste. 201 Torrance, CA 90501

Vienna: 8620 Westwood Center Drive Vienna, VA 22182

Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.

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Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd Bldg. 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309

Pembroke Pines: 1640 SW 145 Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Fort Myers: 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

Jacksonville: 6700 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Tampa: 5002 West Waters Ave Tampa, FL 33634

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

Port Saint Lucie: 10330 South U.S. 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Melbourne: 900 S. Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901

West Palm Beach: 2085 Vista Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Technical Institute.

Programs : Nursing (RN), Nursing (Practical), Medical Assistant Technology, and more..

Campus Locations :

Casselberry: 7275 Estapona Circle Casselberry, FL 32730

Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

Philadelphia: 2180 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116

New Britain: 200 John Downey Drive New Britain, CT 06051

Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

Edison: 1697 Oak Tree Road Edison, NJ 08820

Lincoln: Lincoln Mall 622 George Washington Highway Lincoln, RI 02865

Shelton: 8 Progress Drive Shelton, CT 06484

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

Brockton: 375 Westgate Drive Brockton, MA 02301

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

Flexible career learning to fit your busy lifestyle - National American University.

Programs : Nursing BSN B.S., A.S. in Nursing, Online Nursing RN-to-BSN B.S., and more..

Campus Locations :

Sioux Falls: 5801 South Corporate Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Kansas City: 7490 NW 87th Street Kansas City, MO 64153

Rapid City: 5301 South Highway 16 Rapid City, SD 57701

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Albuquerque: 10131 Coors Blvd NW Suite I-01 Albuquerque, NM 87114

Allen: 1101 Central Expressway S. Allen, TX 75013

Littleton: 8242 S. University Blvd. Ste. 100 Littleton, CO 80122

Overland Park: 10310 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212

Lees Summit: 401 NW Murray Road Lees Summit, MO 64081

Lewisville: 475 State Highway 121 Bypass Lewisville, TX 75067

Denver: 1325 South Colorado Boulevard Suite 100 Denver, CO 80222

Colorado Springs: 1915 Jamboree Drive Suite 185 Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Independence: 3620 Arrowhead Avenue Independence, MO 64057

At Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed-- and get you into the workforce quickly.

Programs : Nursing - (AS), Vocational Nursing, Practical Nursing, and more..

Campus Locations :

Jacksonville: 7259 Salisbury Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32256

Orlando: 3444 McCrory Place Orlando, FL 32803

San Bernardino: 201 E. Airport Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408

San Diego: 4393 Imperial Ave. Ste. 100 San Diego, CA 92113

Portland: 1425 NE Irving Street Portland, OR 97232

Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Programs : AS - Nursing, BS - Nursing, AS - Medical Assisting and Administration, and more..

Campus Locations :

: 9511 Angola Court , IN 46268

Bessemer: 6270 Park South Drive Bessemer, AL 35022

Huntington: 5183 US Route 60, Building 1, Suite 40 Huntington, WV 25705

Canton: 1905 S Haggerty Rd Canton, MI 48188

Dayton: 3325 Stop 8 Road Dayton, OH 45414

Strongsville: 14955 Sprague Road Strongsville, OH 44136

Miami: 7955 NW 12th Street Miami, FL 33126

High Point: 4050 Piedmont Parkway, Suite 110 High Point, NC 27265

Hilliard: 3781 Park Mill Run Drive Hilliard, OH 43026

Mobile: Office Mall South - 3100 Cottage Hill Rd., Bldg. 3 Mobile, AL 36606

Phoenix: 1840 N. 95th Ave., Suite 132 Phoenix, AZ 85037

Norwood: 4750 Wesley Avenue Norwood, OH 45212

Norfolk: 863 Glenrock Road Norfolk, VA 23502

Akron: 3428 W. Market Street Akron, OH 44333

Wichita: One Brittany Place, Suite 100 - 2024 N. Woodlawn Wichita, KS 67208

Indianapolis: 2525 N. Shadeland Ave., Ste 103 Indianapolis, IN 46219

Louisville: 10509 Timberwood Circle Louisville, KY 40223

Saint Petersburg: 877 Executive Center Drive W,Suite 100 Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

Madison: 9238 Madison Blvd., Suite 500 Madison, AL 35758

Rancho Cordova: 10863 Gold Center Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Fort Wayne: 2810 Dupont Commerce Court Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Jacksonville: 7011 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 140 Jacksonville, FL 32256

Oklahoma City: 50 Penn Place Suite 305 Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Fort Lauderdale: 3401 South University Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

Salem: 2159 Apperson Drive Salem, VA 24153

Lake Mary: 1400 International Pkwy South Lake Mary, FL 32746

Omaha: 9814 M Street Omaha, NE 68127

Tallahassee: 2639 N. Monroe Street, Bldg. A, Suite 100 Tallahassee, FL 32303

Nashville: 2845 Elm Hill Pike Nashville, TN 37214

Earth City: 3640 Corporate Trail Drive Earth City, MO 63045

Southfield: 26700 Lahser Road, Suite 100 Southfield, MI 48033

Richardson: 2101 Waterview Parkway Richardson, TX 75080

South Bend: 17390 Dugdale Drive, Suite 100 South Bend, IN 46635

Newburgh: 10999 Stahl Road Newburgh, IN 47630

Tulsa: 4943 South 78th East Avenue Tulsa, OK 74145

Youngstown: 1030 North Meridian Road Youngstown, OH 44509

Orland Park: 11551 184th Place Orland Park, IL 60467

Portland: 9500 NE Cascades Parkway Portland, OR 97220

Lexington: 2473 Fortune Dr. Suite 180 Lexington, KY 40509

Concord: 1140 Galaxy Way, Suite 400 Concord, CA 94520

Albuquerque: 5100 Masthead Street NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

Richmond: 300 Gateway Centre Parkway Richmond, VA 23235

Chantilly: 14420 Albemarle Point Place Chantilly, VA 20151

Tampa: 4809 Memorial Highway Tampa, FL 33634

Warrensville Heights: 4700 Richmond Rd Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Springfield: 7300 Boston Blvd Springfield, VA 22153

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