Top Nursing Jobs That Aren’t Found in Hospitals
Often, young nursing students just starting out on their educational journey think that when they are finished with school, they will end up working in a hospital. It isn’t until they gain some experience in school that they realize there are many RN jobs and not all of them are found in the hospital. Let’s take a look at a few of the top RN jobs that aren’t based in hospitals.
Home Health Care Nurse – If you have found that you love being a nurse, but aren’t sure that working in a hospital is the best fit for you, Home Health Care Nurse may be the perfect opportunity. With ten-year growth projections of more than 70%, the future of nursing may be in the home. Home Health Nurses typically work with patients on a long term basis for a variety of ailments. Home Health Nurse’s help their elderly patients work on mobility and recovery issues, can work with younger children who have various types of disabilities, and also help manage medications. For nurses who enjoy a more patient-facing care setting and prefer the independence of managing their schedule, then taking advantage of the Home Health Care Nurse growth trend me be the way to go.
Skilled Nursing Facility RN’s - While similar to nursing home, a skilled nursing facility (SNF) provides patients with much more extensive medical services. Patients in an SNF might be there as they recover from a major injury or serious condition, such as a stroke. SNF patients often need 24-hour care, and the population includes the elderly who are suffering from chronic or debilitating conditions or others recovering from traumatic injury or illness. SNF patients will often never regain their independence or recover enough to live on their own.
School Nurse – If you enjoy the thought of working in a school environment, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% increase in school nurse jobs through 2024. School nurses do more than care for ill or injured students. They also act as a liaison between the school, families, and community health providers. School RN’s administer medications, maintain records, and also spend time teaching important health behaviors. School nurses have the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with students and parents. However, the drawback is that pay is at the lower end of the scale for RN’s.
Hospice Nurse – Hospice nurses are similar to home care nurses but generally have more specialized duties. Job prospects for Hospice Nurses are projected to be in the 16% range through 2024. For nurses who enjoy communicating with patients, and acting as a trusted resource for friends and family who are seeking information about their loved one, Hospice Nursing is a great option. Hospice Nurses care for patients who are nearing the end of life and provide comfort and compassion and as pain-free as possible. Another aspect of hospice nursing is being comfortable talking with patients and their families about death and trying to provide them with emotional support.
Corrections Nurse – For nurses who are comfortable working with patient populations that include convicted criminals, working as a corrections nurse is an option to consider. Inmates are treated in a variety of settings including high-security prisons, county and locality detention centers, and even mental institutions in some cases. Based on the environment, corrections nursing may be a little more stressful, but also provides more independence. In addition to providing care to inmates, corrections nurses maintain medical supplies using the proper safety protocols for potentially dangerous equipment like scalpels and needles, etc.
Health Insurance Industry RN – For RN’s that prefer to work in a business/office environment, Health Insurance Industry nurses perform a variety of specialized functions. These RN’s typically work a standard 9 am to 5 pm shift and are responsible for case management, performing clinical chart reviews, physicals, and other functions that support the insurance industry. Generally, Health Insurance Industry Nurses work in a lower stress environment, yet receive a salary commensurate with other typical nursing fields.
As with most nursing specialties, new nursing graduates typically don’t jump right into a non-hospital specialty without working in a hospital or acute care setting for a year or two. If during that initial period of developing experience in a hospital, you find that a change of setting will ultimately benefit your career, it is important to do a little bit of research to determine what setting best fits your skill level and personality.
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