Respiratory nursing, also known as pulmonary care nursing, is another specialty that nurses can choose to enter into. The nurses who decide that this is the career path for them will be working with patients who suffer from lung conditions. This can be anything from tuberculosis, asthma and cystic fibrosis.

Nurses will often specialize in the respiratory field because the average respiratory therapist salary is substantial and has shown to increase yearly.

Nurses will also be working with patients who are slow to be weaned off ventilators. It’s common to find respiratory nurses working in the hospital, however these pulmonary care nurses can also work with patients in the home. There they would assist patients with pain management from conditions like emphysema and lung cancer.

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