Career Settings Examples

There are many types of nurses, and many types of careers for a nurse. Below are some career setting examples for nurses.

Critical Care Nurse

This nurse provides care for critically ill patients in a highly technical environment and supports the family during the crisis. The critical care nurse evaluates the need for resources and recommends referrals as indicated. This role requires specialized training and the ability to assess and recognize subtle changes in a patient’s condition. Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Salary Range: $51,060-$92,210 in Vermont.

Emergency Department/Trauma Center Nurse

An ER nurse is responsible for the care of patients of all ages with a benign or an acute critical illness, such as a heart attack. This type of care and environment requires quick thinking, and excellent communication and physical assessment skills. RNs in this environment use a triage process to establish priority setting. Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Salary Range: $62,763-$78,063 in Vermont.

Forensic Nurse

This nursing role integrates clinical nursing, law enforcement investigation/interviewing, and counseling skills. Education: Master of Science in Nursing plus special certification. Salary Range: $55,000-$165,000; the average salary in Vermont is $51,000

Home Health Nurse

A home health (or visiting) nurse provides periodic care to patients within their home environment. This role requires the ability to work independently. Education: Associate’s Degree in Nursing (bachelor’s degree preferred). Salary Range: $57,654-$82,171 in Vermont.

Information Technology/ Web Based/Informatics

Technology is a major aspect of hospital operations and patient care. Nurses are increasingly using more sophisticated equipment and a fundamental knowledge base in computer use is an expected requirement. By being involved in software development, program analysis and system management, the nurse informatist will be in a position to bridge the gap between clinical information and computer programmers. Salary Range: $50,6200-$111,130.

Long Term Care Nurse

This nurse focuses on the unique requirements of elderly and physically challenged clients who may be receiving care in freestanding rehabilitation hospitals, hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, subacute units, long term care facilities, residential care facilities, home health agencies, private and agency clinics, and governmental agencies. Long term care nurses help their clients achieve their optimal level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being regardless of their age or functional limitations. Education: Associate’s Degree in Nursing (certified as RN with 2 to 4 years clinical experience). Salary average in Vermont is $60,000.

Neonatal Nurse

Neonatal nurses may work in neonatal intensive care units taking care of acutely ill neonates and premature infants or in mother-baby or newborn nurseries taking care of healthy newborns. Education: Associate’s Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Salary Range: $78,058-$151,499 in U.S.

Nurse Administrator/Executive/Chief Nursing Officer

The nurse executive assumes a role in developing the strategic plan, forecasting, and budgetary process for an organization such as a nursing home. The role is responsible for aligning the nursing department goals with those described in the mission and vision of the organization. Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Ph.D., D.Sc.N. Salary Range: $88,000-$200,000 in U.S.

Nurse Faculty

Nursing professors develop and teach curriculum in colleges, hospital-based nursing schools, and universities to prepare students for the challenges in all aspects of nursing. Like nurses, faculty often specialize by teaching in areas in which they have the most experience such as emergency medicine, pediatrics, or mental health. Nurse faculty are registered nurses (RNs) who usually have a doctorate degree in nursing or a closely related field. There is a great demand for nurse faculty due to the increasing number of applicants to nursing schools. The average salary range in the U.S. is between $72,860-$132,745.

Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Nurse Practitioner has advanced skills and knowledge in performing physical and psychological patient assessment. The role requires expert clinical interviewing skills to facilitate data collection and accurate problem labeling. The nurse practitioner orders diagnostic exams, prescribes medication, and has a practice or caseload. This role requires advanced study and certification. Education: Master of Science in Nursing. Salary Range: $72,420-$140,930 in U.S.

Nurse Researcher

A nurse researcher contributes to the Science of Nursing, sometimes collaborating with other disciplines such as medicine, social science, or pharmacy. The nurse collects clinical data through the use of scientific methods, analyzes the results and draws a conclusion/recommendation. Education: Ph.D. Salary average of $95,000 in the U.S.

Operating Room Nurse

An OR nurse provides care for a patient immediately before, during, and after a surgical procedure. The nurse works closely with the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist to monitor the patient’s vital signs, warmth and safe positioning. The OR nurse also prepares the operating room with supplies, equipment, and instruments, and serves as the communication liaison to family, other departments, and members of the operating team. Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Salary Range: $64,901-$79,957 in Vermont.

Orthopedic Nurse

An orthopedic nurse manages the care of patients before and after surgery involving the muscular skeletal system such as total hip replacement, arthroscopy, total knee replacement, or spine surgery. In this role, the nurse monitors traction, splint/cast care, and other orthopedic equipment. Education: Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Acute Care. The average salary is $76,282 in the U.S.

Pediatric Nurse

A pediatric nurse provides care for infants, toddlers, children, teens, and encourages the involvement of parents/family. The nurse develops a plan of care to meet the specific growth and development and cultural needs of the patient and family. The pediatric nurse may work in a variety of settings and may have specialized training. For example, a setting may be a well baby or teen clinic and a specialty may be pediatric critical care. Education: Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Salary Range: $55,000-$70,000 in Vermont.

Public Health Nurse/Community Nurse

Care decisions in this role are focused on the community at large with a goal of improving the overall health of the community. This role focuses primarily on disease prevention, health promotion and wellness/health education. Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Salary Range: $40,000-$60,000 in the U.S.

School Nurse

The school nurse develops and supports age-specific programs for a student body. This role serves as a resource and liaison to parents, teachers, and students and provides limited care on site/campuses for students. The school nurse maintains immunization/health records and provides a forum and supportive environment to discuss concerns and provides information on health care or potentially sensitive issues. Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Salary Range: $29,389-$71,652 in U.S.

Telemetry/Cardiac Care Nurse

This role provides care for patients requiring special heart monitoring equipment and the administration of heart medications. Education: Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The average salary in Vermont is $56,000.

Travel Nurse

A travel nurse negotiates and accepts temporary patient care assignments with a travel nurse agency/registry within the United States or internationally. Education: Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The average salary in Vermont is $67,600.