Career Alternatives for Nurses

Career Alternative for Nurses

What Are Some Career Alternatives For Nurses?

For many nursing graduates, the field of opportunities seems fairly small. In fact, nearly 90 percent of nurses go on to work in a hospital, physician’s office, or nursing home. And while these are all great places to work (and there is quite a bit of variability within each type of employer), nurses can look beyond to include other career options.

Whether you’re still pursuing your nursing degree, or if you’re looking for a change of pace and a new employer, here are few unique nursing careers you may not have considered before.

  • Insurance/Medical Sales: Insurance companies, medical device manufacturers, and other health-related companies rely on healthcare professionals to help them bridge the gap between their company and the hospitals they serve. Although you won’t be doing any hands-on nursing care, you may find that working behind a desk or making sales calls is a great way to be in the field while also enjoying high rates of pay and job stability.
  • Fitness, Sports Medicine, and Gyms: Job openings in fitness are hard to come by, but if health and nutrition is your specialty, this can be a great place to be a nurse. Gyms and fitness clubs sometimes keep a nurse on staff to help clients with questions and concerns. Sports medicine is a huge field in which you could become the team nurse for a big-name sports team. For all these career types, an additional background or training in nutrition, massage, or physical therapy can help.
  • Consulting: Television shows and movies need nurses to help them nail down the logistics of the nursing profession. Law firms need nurses to help consult on medical-related cases. And everyday people often need a health consultant who can help them get their lives on track. A nurse consultant can do any or all of these.
  • Staff Nurse: You can be a nurse or medic anywhere that a large number of people gather. Schools, cruise lines, prisons, sports arenas, and many types of government facilities all have at least one nurse on staff.
  • Medical Writing: There is a shortage of medical professional who are equally proficient at writing. If you have skills in both areas, you can go on to write for nursing journals, trade magazines, online outlets, and blogs.

Nursing doesn’t have to be a narrow field, especially if you have other interest and strengths. From jobs that put you in contact with the public to ones that allow you to work from the privacy of your own home, nursing careers are available to suit just about every lifestyle.





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