5 Alternative Nursing Careers to Consider

By Tina Lanciault on Fri, Nov 29, 2013

nursing careerIf you are interested in working beyond the bedside, there are a number of alternative nursing careers to choose from. See if any of them sounds good to you:

  1. Flight Nursing

    How about going to work and not knowing where you will be headed that day? Certainly possible if flying is something you love to do! Critical care flight nurses are responsible for transporting sick or injured patients from one facility to another. Caring for patients while in flight on a helicopter is very challenging work but it’s certainly not boring.

  2. Travel Nursing

    As a travel nurse you have the opportunity to work anywhere in the country or abroad, depending on which nursing agency you work for. You can also find travel nursing jobs within a short distance of your home. It’s not just for those nurses wanting to go across the country to work. This is definitely a nursing career path to consider if you want to explore new opportunities and you enjoy experiencing new places.

  3. Maya Abdominal Massage Therapist

    This is an ancient technique that uses gentle non- invasive massage to reposition abdominal organs, including reproductive organs and pelvic bone structures that have shifted out of alignment. Once they are back in alignment, the body can begin to heal itself. This option is perfect for those considering holistic nursing, as this technique’s philosophy is right in tune with the ideas in holistic healing.

  4. Cruise Ship Nursing

    Do you like traveling on a cruise ship and visit exotic places? Want to meet new and interesting people? As a nurse on a cruise ship, you will be gone for weeks at a time, with the cruise ship providing your room and board. The pay might not be as great but the benefits of traveling to very nice places outweigh the lower pay. This is something I would have considered when I was younger, before I had a family.

  5. Outcomes Management Nursing

    What does an outcomes management nurse do? This covers a few areas such as quality improvement, risk management, chart and utilization review. Case management is also covered under this title. All hospitals, nursing homes and home care agencies have one or all of these types of nursing jobs on staff. An outcomes management nurse can even start his or her own business. If an organization does not have these nurses on staff they will usually outsource these tasks to private companies. You can start by doing research on healthcare consulting agencies or read this article on case management if you’re interested in pursuing this as a nursing career.

About the Author: Tina Lanciault RN helps other nurses find their niche in nursing by sharing her experiences, resources and insights about alternative nursing careers. Learn what opportunities are available at any stage of your nursing career.

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Anonymous 2 years ago
Thank-you for writing this article! I wish I had known about alternative nursing careers 10 years ago! At least now that idea is out there for other nurses thanks to this article and others like it! See? you are still "nursing" as an author! I love it!