No longer are we, as nurses, confined to employment in the hospital or clinic setting, and there are numerous alternative nursing jobs that don’t even involve direct contact with our patients. Avenues for employment outside of the clinical arena include positions in pharmaceutical companies, laboratories, schools, and insurance companies. Regardless of the setting, each professional has the same goal of helping others and using nursing principles to make a difference.
Consider these following options for “non-traditional nursing”.
- Nurses at Research Field
In the clinical setting, nurse researchers might be involved in the testing of new drugs or in the conduction of studies related to healthcare. Medical technology is ever changing, and it requires seasoned clinicians to keep abreast with current trends.
- Occupational Health Nurse
Companies and large corporations provide in-services to their employees, and they depend on clinicians to maintain health records, to perform assessments, to offer health screening, and to assess injuries that occur while at work. This nursing job is one of the largest group of health care professionals involved in providing care at the workplace.
- At School Setting
Nurses working in schools oversee the medical needs of students, and they administer prescription drugs that students need during school hours. They can also coordinate wellness events and health fairs.
- Public Health
Public health nurses are involved in assessing current trends of disease outbreak, and they are involved in policy setting that impacts local communities.
- Nurse Educators
In the Acute Care Arena and in the Primary Care Setting there is a growing need for Nurse Educators to serve as the “educator” and “contact person” for staff. They are integral in conducting in-services and competency training.’
- Legal Nurse Consultants
There is a growing need in the judicial sector for nurses to use their talents as legal nurse consultants. This does require certification in addition to licensure as a Registered Nurse, but this is another setting in which nurses might choose to practice.
This is only a snapshot of possibilities that are open to Registered Nurses. It is a misconception to think that the only setting of practice is at the bedside. Without question, the nursing job opportunities for nurses are extensive, and that is one of the positive attributes in this field. Essentially, each nurse can get out of the profession what he or she chooses. An exploration of the possibilities is key, and hopefully this synopsis will serve to broaden the horizons.