Alternative Nursing Careers Outside the Hospital

One of the most exciting aspects of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is the career flexibility it affords you. Not only are there ample full- and part-time positions, you can find them in a wide variety of settings and capacities. While the majority of the United States’ 3 million registered nurses (as of May 2017) work in hospitals and outpatient clinics — typically working either three 12-hour shifts or five 8-hour shifts a week — there are plenty of jobs available for nurses outside these settings.

Alternative nursing careers available to BSN-educated nurses include:

  • Home health nurse
  • Health coach
  • School nurse
  • Corporate on-site nurse
  • Legal nurse consultant
  • Community center clinical nurse
  • Nursing home caregiver
  • Cruise ship nurse
  • Academic nurse writer

However, even if you stay in a traditional hospital or outpatient setting, you’ll have a wide variety of specializations to choose from — medical-surgical, emergency room, oncology/hematology, pediatrics, maternity, trauma, etc.

And for those who like the hospital setting but want to experience living in different places, travel nursing is a popular option. Typically, travel nurses work 13-week assignments, during which they are paid a stipend for food and housing costs. Though in some cases they may elect to stay on for a longer duration, many travel nurses relish the opportunity to get to move around often.

Ready to find out where a BSN will take you? Call us today, or fill out the form, to talk to an enrollment counselor.

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