Over 2.6 million people work as RNs; there are a greater number of people employed in this field than in any other profession. Approximately 60% work in hospitals around the country. In addition to hospitals, they work in doctor’s offices, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, on cruise ships, as a traveling nurse or the military.
Emergency room, pediatrics, forensics, and mental health are just a few of the many specialties. Additional specialties exist for nearly every major illness, population group and life situation requiring medical care. A great number of these specialties have professional associations that sponsor financial aid programs for undergraduate and graduate students.