There are many kinds of nurses. There are Registered Nurses, called RNs. There are Licensed Practical Nurses, called LPNs. There are Certified Nurse Practictioners, called CNRPs, and there are Certified Nurse Anesthetics, called CRNAs. This has to do with the extent of their education and what they want to specialize in. For instance in hospitals on regular floors RNs and LPNs do most of the work checking blood pressures, temperatures, pain, and general medical well-being. CNRNs in PA work closely with doctors and can do check ups in offices and treat some routine diseases, thus assisting the doctors (MDs) with their daily tasks. CNRPs do about the same thing with surgeons when you've had an operation. CRNAs are highly specialized and require more traing. They assist and often are the ones in the operating room with you controlling your breathing and any pain you may be feeling. Their work in supervised by a specialty of doctors called Anesthesiologists.
Erin M recommends the following next steps:
Routine hospital ward
Obstetric / Women’s health
Additional opportunities include management as well as advanced degrees such as CRNA and Nurse Practitioner.