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Certified nurse midwives care for women through puberty and menopause. They are specialists in pregnancy and reproductive health. For expecting mothers, they are confidants, caregivers, and an indispensable part of the birthing experience. As registered nurse specialists, these professionals earn a higher salary than the standard RN.
PACU nurses work in a hospital's post-anesthesia care unit. They provide direct care to patients recovering from surgery and monitor their vitals. They often administer EKGs before surgery, assist ICU staff, and provide acute care during the postoperative period.
Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are highly specialized, advanced nurses. They specialize in family healthcare and preventative medicine. An FNP is the highest-held position a nurse can hold and can prescribe medication, diagnose patients, and direct RN in a healthcare setting.
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who earn some of the highest salaries in the nursing profession. Some nurse practitioners are referred to as ARNP (advanced registered nurse practitioner) or APRN (advanced practice registered nurse).
A surgical nurse, also known as a Perioperative Nurse, is a Registered Nurse with specialized training in surgical care. Their primary role is to assist the surgeon during procedures by passing them surgical instruments and ensuring the operating site is always safe and sterile.