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.