5 Interesting Specializations for Mid to Senior Level Nurses

By on February 14, 2022

Nurses who are 50 years and older must have gained a ton of experience in their careers. But they may also get tired of their current roles and responsibilities. If you’re an older nurse who feels like this, you should look at advanced or more specialized roles.

The demand for senior nurses is quite high and they can expect to get paid more than regular nurses. Senior nurses need to acquire advanced skills and knowledge mainly through a post-master’s certificate nurse practitioner program which can be earned online or on-campus.

They are also required to complete clinical hours and sit for a nurse practitioner certification exam before getting licensure to practice in their state. There are several advanced roles to choose from but here are 5 nursing specializations for senior nurses.

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1. Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN)

Advanced practice registered nurse is expected to diagnose and treat illnesses, provide healthcare advice to the public, manage acute and chronic diseases, and be aware of any methodological or technological developments in the field. 

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, APRN is an umbrella term for nurse careers such as nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), and certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

Nurses who wish to have greater responsibility and independence to practice in their career would enjoy working as APRNs. They are often required to have an MSN or DNP degree and have all the necessary certifications and licenses.

2. Concierge Nurse

A concierge nurse is a self-employed nurse who provides personalized care on a retainer basis. They don’t meet their patients in hospitals or clinics. Instead, they provide care in homes, offices, hotel rooms, and even on the road.

These nurses provide the same services as other registered nurses but the difference is where they do it. They may offer IV infusions, wound care, palliative care, IVF injections, post-op care, patient advocacy, and medical escort services.

Concierge nurses need to be available whenever and wherever their patients need care. They are allowed to offer a number of services and their plans could be hourly, monthly, or yearly. They need a nurse practitioner certificate and license to practice.

3. Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner

If you’ve reached your 40s or 50s and you’re more understanding of older patients, adult-gerontology may be the right specialization for you. It’s all about providing primary, preventative, and acute care for seniors over the age of 60.

Adult-gerontology NPs are able to prescribe medications, treatment, and therapies for their patients. They can also assist in chronic disease management, educate on how to manage painful symptoms, and provide emotional support.

AGNPs need to have advanced level education in disorders, diseases, and other health-related issues that arise with old age. A post-master’s nurse practitioner certification can provide the skills necessary for this line of nursing.

4. Mental health nurses

With more life experience behind you, you may be well suited to assist others who are struggling with mental health or trauma. Mental health nursing involves caring for patients with mental health, psychiatric, and behavioral disorders.

Mental health nurses help to diagnose and treat a variety of mental conditions including anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia. They can assess a patient’s mental health status and their needs, guide them through coping exercises and therapies, and provide counsel and direct treatment.

These nurses usually work with a team of psychiatric professionals to provide quality health services. RNs who want to become mental health nurses need to earn a master’s degree then obtain a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification (RN-BC).

5. Legal nurse consultant

Registered Nurses who have adequate working experience and are research-oriented can decide to become legal nurse consultants. They would work with lawyers or attorneys in cases involving medical fraud, nursing malpractice, and other healthcare-related legal cases.

It’s an interesting career for someone trained in nursing but with an interest in the legal field. Legal nurse consultants identify, organize and analyze medical records as well as evaluate and deliver their own opinions on the case. They help to bridge the gap between law and healthcare.

They may also represent nurses and other healthcare workers to solve cases dealing with workers’ compensation, insurance claims, and more. To become an LNC, you’ll need to complete a paralegal program, nurse consulting program, or a Legal Nurse consultant certification.

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5 Interesting Specializations for Mid to Senior Level Nurses