The most in demand nursing specialities – Part 1

September 4, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Nursing careers can be extremely rewarding personally, professionally and financially. This field provides tremendous satisfaction on the personal front and plenty of options for diversity and specialisation on the professional front. From the financial perspective, it offers both a decent salary as well as job security. All industry reports point to a growing demand for nurses that shows no signs of abating any time soon. If anything, the current shortage of nurses is projected to increase over the next few years.

With so many specialties and sub-specialties in nursing, it can sometimes be difficult to choose just one. Some specialties offer a more attractive pay check whereas others may provide interesting job opportunities within a hospital setting or outside of the hospital.

Here’s a list of the most in demand nursing careers based on employment outlook, job satisfaction, salary and flexibility.


A pre-nursing student with her mentor Nurse Anaesthetist

This is one of the highest-paid nursing specialties. Nurse anaesthetists are responsible for administering anaesthesia and maintaining it at safe levels. They prep patients before administering anaesthesia, make sure safe levels are maintained right through the procedure and care for the patient until the effects of the anaesthesia have worn off. They collaborate with anaesthesiologists, surgeons, and dentists to administer anaesthesia medications.

As a nurse anaesthetist, you could work in a hospital, doctor’s offices, dentist offices ambulatory surgery centres and pain clinics.

Qualifications required

 You have to have a current RN license with experience in critical care and completion of a two-year anaesthesia education program. You would also need certification from the NBCRNA or National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anaesthetists.


Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

As a certified nurse midwife you would do more than deliver babies. In addition to delivering babies, you would also be responsible for providing a suite of healthcare services to female patients, from family-planning education and gynaecological exams to prenatal and postnatal care.

Certified nurse midwives work in hospitals, maternity clinics, health departments and private homes or they could run their own private practice.

Qualifications required

 You need to obtain a master’s degree, such as a master of science in nursing.


Paediatric Endocrinology Nurse

A paediatric endocrinology nurse specialises in caring for young children suffering from diseases and disorders of the endocrine system. A major part of the job involves educating parents and patients about how to manage existing endocrine diseases and how to prevent any potential disorders. They educate parents and children about issues associated with endocrine-system disorders and how they impact physical growth. They also deal with issues such as diabetes and obesity.

Qualifications required

 Paediatric endocrinology nurses need to hold an RN license and have at least 2 years of nursing experience. There is no formal certification in this field. Paediatric endocrinology nurses get experience through internships at paediatric-endocrinology or other paediatric settings.


More in demand nursing specialities to follow in Part 2!