Nursing Specialisms: What Types of Nursing Are There?

Nursing Specialisms

With so many nursing specialisms, it may be hard to see the wood from the trees, so to speak. This post takes a look at the types of nursing you can get into. From ambulatory nursing all the way through to veteran affairs nursing and beyond, you’re bound to find a specialism to suit you.

Advanced Practice

For this role, you’ll have to gain a post-graduate qualification in nursing as it requires extensive knowledge and experience in managing the care of patients across the board.


You’ll be in trauma wards, critical care units, and even in mental health wards depending on your skills and experience. Emergency nurses are so important to our NHS and are in high demand – check out Nursing Personnel to see how many opportunities are available.


Nurses who work in psychological capacities will work with patients who experience mental ill health, often working within psychiatric wards and specialist facilities for those who need targeted care and treatment.


A clinical nurse will work in higher level direct care provision after postgraduate study, assessing, planning and implementing evidence based care, working collaboratively and carrying out multidisciplinary tasks including workforce development and counselling.


A family nurse will often work in a Partnership environment, primarily dealing with patient care within families, and often demand experience in fields like paediatrics, midwifery, health visiting and mental health capacities.


Surgical nurses usually specialise in pre-operative care, preparing patients for surgical procedures, and caring for patients before, during and after their operations. Surgical nurses will practice in a variety of surgery specialisms to do with various medical conditions. It’s a career with a lot of responsibility.


Nurses working in the community can be health visitors and district nurses for example. You’ll assess the healthcare needs of patients across the board, and keep a close eye on the quality of care these patients receive, working in patients’ homes, nursing and residential homes.


As a nurse with a managerial role, you’ll have great responsibility for how care is implemented by a team of professionals, collaborating with other healthcare professionals like doctors and surgeons.

Women’s Health

Working in women’s health means you’ll specialise in all things to do with female patients, including anything to do with female-oriented care. From obstetrics, midwifery and gynaecology through to sexual health, fertility and family planning.

With all those fields within nursing only scratching the surface, you’ll have a lot of food for thought about the avenues open to you as a trainee nurse. There are infinite pathways you can go down, and so much to learn.

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