Nursing is one of America's fastest-growing careers, and there are lots of options. If you want to work directly with patients, you can specialize in everything from neonatology to hospice care. You can work in a hospital, a doctor's office, or a patient's home. Outside of patient care, options range from nurse informatics (helping nurses get access to computerized information) to legal nurse consulting (helping lawyers determine the validity of a claim).
On the downside, R.N.'s often must work nights and weekends, and burnout is a factor, especially in critical-care specialties such as surgery, oncology, and emergency medicine. Something to think about
: Studies report large numbers of nurse errors that endanger or kill patients. This is a career for people who are both caring and extremely attentive to detail–especially when stressed.
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