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Pulmonary Care Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

A Pulmonary Nurse, also known as a Respiratory Nurse, cares for patients with lung and respiratory system complications like asthma, tuberculosis, or lung cancer. They usually work in hospitals, more than likely in critical care units, but can also be found in patients’ homes or residential care facilities. Some Pulmonary Nurses also focus on prevention education, letting patients and families know how important it is to exercise and avoid risk-raising activities like smoking.

Things You'll Do:

  • Assist with pain management
  • Work with tuberculosis and asthma sufferers
  • Educate patients and families

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Work 1,750 hours with acutely, or critically, ill patients.
  • Pass Your
    Certified critical care exam
  • Become a
    A Certified Pulmonary Function Technician (CPFT)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Home care
    • Physician’s office

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    Can Expect

    • 581,500 more jobs for Registered Nurses between 2008-2018
    • Counsel patients, and their families, about the diagnosis of diseases such as lung cancer.

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