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Hospital nurses care for patients of all ages, with all kinds of illnesses and health problems that need immediate attention or treatment. They work on specific kinds of units - ER, medical, surgical, diagnostic, obstetrical, intensive care or the operating room to name a few. Patients may be admitted to the hospital as part of their treatment plan or as the result of an emergency. Acute care hospitals are always open, so nurses are needed 24 hours per day.

There are several different kinds of acute care hospitals - community hospitals are located within local communities; regional hospitals serve several adjoining communities, teaching hospitals are affiliated with nursing and medical schools. Many hospitals participate in nursing and medical research projects.

To learn more about nursing and career opportunities in hospital care nursing visit: the MCN Database of Health Care Facilities, the Massachusetts Hospital Association or these 2 sites developed by the U.S. Bureau on Labor Statistics:, and

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