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Burn Care Nurse


Burn Care Nurses treat patients who have been burned, whether from hot water, oil, chemicals, or electricity. Working mostly in burn care units, intensive care units, and trauma centers, Burn Nurses must not only care for their patients' physical well-being, but also the emotional and psychological toll burns and their aftermath may cause. These nurses must also educate families of burn victims on the treatment of burns. But education is not only limited to after a casualty. Burn Nurses must train children and adults on burn prevention as well.

Things You'll Do:

  • Dress and care for patients' burns
  • Maintain patient comfort
  • Tend to patient emotional well-being
  • Educate families on wound care
  • Educate the community-at-large about burn prevention

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    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.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • There is no certification for Burn Care Nurses, but nurses who work in this specialty generally gain as many work hours as possible in the ICU and in trauma centers. Experience is key if you want to...
  • Become a
    A Burn Care Nurse
  • Once you have put in a significant number of hours in the burn care unit, if you wanted to hold a more managerial role in the specialty, you could also...
  • Get Your
    Master's Degree in Acute Care, Trauma, and Emergency Nursing

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Burn Care Unit
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Trauma Center
    • Emergency Room

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $70K - $99K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Challenging patient interaction, not for the squeamish!
    • Burns can have severe emotional and psychological implications on the patient and their families

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