RNs specializing in treatment of a particular
organ or body system usually are employed in
specialty physicians’ offices or outpatient care
facilities, although some are employed in hospital
specialty or critical care units.
cardiac and vascular nurses treat patients with
coronary heart disease and those who have had heart
surgery, providing services such as postoperative
rehabilitation. Dermatology nurses treat patients
with disorders of the skin, such as skin cancer and
Gastroenterology nurses treat patients
with digestive and intestinal disorders, including
ulcers, acid reflux disease, and abdominal bleeding.
Some nurses in this field also specialize in endoscopic procedures, which look inside the
gastrointestinal tract using a tube equipped with a
light and a camera that can capture images of
Gynecology nurses provide care to
women with disorders of the reproductive system,
including endometriosis, cancer, and sexually
Nephrology nurses care for
patients with kidney disease caused by diabetes,
hypertension, or substance abuse. Neuroscience
nurses care for patients with dysfunctions of the
nervous system, including brain and spinal cord
injuries and seizures.
Ophthalmic nurses provide
care to patients with disorders of the eyes,
including blindness and glaucoma, and to patients
undergoing eye surgery.
Orthopedic nurses care for
patients with muscular and skeletal problems,
including arthritis, bone fractures, and muscular
Otorhinolaryngology nurses care for
patients with ear, nose, and throat disorders, such
as cleft palates, allergies, and sinus disorders.
Respiratory nurses provide care to patients with
respiratory disorders such as asthma, tuberculosis,
and cystic fibrosis.
Urology nurses care for
patients with disorders of the kidneys, urinary
tract, and male reproductive organs, including
infections, kidney and bladder stones, and cancers.
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