Respiratory nurses, also called Pulmonary nurses, care for patients with chronic or acute disorders of the pulmonary system. Nurses in this specialty work in hospitals, doctors' offices, or clinics. Respiratory nurses are responsible for performing a focused assessment and administering medications such as inhalers or nebulizers. Job descriptions generally require the nurse to collaborate with doctors and other members of the healthcare team and to access sensitive medical records. If you are a Respiratory/Pulmonary licensed practical nurse or registered nurse, apply today and land your dream travel nurse job.
Other duties in the Respiratory/Pulmonary nurse specialty include teaching patients about preventative education and treatments. Respiratory/Pulmonary nurses are responsible for administering diagnostic tests that determine lung function, such as spirometry. They also work alongside respiratory therapists and pulmonologists and may coordinate durable medical equipment (DME) like home oxygen or CPAP machines. Salaries for Respiratory nurses in the United States vary from $60,000 to $103,000. There are numerous opportunities for advancement in this specialty.