Workers in nursing-related careers include nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. Nursing assistants and orderlies provide basic care to hospital patients or those in long-term care facilities.
Nurse anesthetists provide anesthesia-related services before during and after operations and obstetric procedures. Nurse midwives perform gynecological exams, handle family planning and prenatal care, and assist during labor and delivery. Nurse practitioners provide primary, specialty and advanced nursing care. Clinical nurse specialists provide direct patient care to specific patient groups, such as pediatric cancer patients.
Nursing assistants typically help with daily living activities including feeding, bathing, repositioning and transferring patients, measuring vital signs and reporting any health concerns to nurses.