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10 Alternative Career Choices for Nurses Beyond Hospital Bedside Care

10 Alternative Career Choices for Nurses Beyond Hospital Bedside Care
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If I ask you about nursing career, you will think some images where a nurse working in a hospital. It is true that most of the registered nurse choose to work in a hospital after passing their nursing school or college. But, it is not the final career level of a nurse. Working in a hospital is the basic and common career choice for most of the registered nurse.


But you may not feel suitable and comfortable to work in a hospital. Don't think about it, nursing has a lot of career choices for you apart from the hospital nurse. Nursing is a flexible job which can adjust according to your choices. There are lot of demanding career choices are waiting for you, just check eligibility criteria and step out for your targeted career.


In this post we will discuss about the various available career choices in nursing which may be your alternative career choice beyond a hospital  nurse.


Alternative Career Choices for Nurses Beyond Hospital Bedside Care



1. Nurse educator -


You can choose your career as a nurse educator in nursing schools and colleges. Nursing institutions need a lot of staffs to teach the new nursing students. Nurse educator teach according to the nursing curriculum, both theoretical and clinical.


To become a nurse educator, you need a certification of Master of Science in Nursing from a college or university and also you should be a registered nurse. As a nurse educator, you will be the guider and teacher for new nursing students.


2. Public health nurse -


Public health nurses who are provide health awareness, teaching, immunization, screening test, medical essentials to the group of people throughout the country or state. They are responsible for the development of health status in communities, families and schools. They generally work under a private or government agencies. 


To be a public health nurse, you must have a degree on Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). For an advanced certification, you may get training in public health, community health, rural development, child health and more.


3. School nurse -


Are you love children and do you want to experience your student life again? If yes, this job is really suitable for you. School nurse works among the various age group school going children to provide needed care. As a school nurse, she/he provides teaching about health promotion, health awareness, nutritional information, gives medication according to doctor's order, provides screening test and treatment if any injuries happen.


To become a school nurse, you should have a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing and you have to be a registered nurse. It is more comfortable and suitable because job timing is same as school schedule.


4. Telemedicine nurse -

10 Alternative Career Choices for Nurses Beyond Hospital Bedside Care
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Telemedicine nursing is the combination of technology and nursing care for the patients those who are unable to come to the clinic. Telemedicine nurse uses computer to connect with the patients through the live video system. They assess the clients, advise to take medicine as doctor's order and provide health education.


To become a telemedicine nurse, you should have a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and you must be a registered nurse with few years of experience. Also telemedicine nurse should have enough knowledge in technology. 


5. Informatics nurse -


Informatics nurse helps the developers to provide clinical management data and patient data. The main goal of a informatics nurse is communicating with developers and share experience about how the new technology can help the health care staffs and patients, how technology can improve more, how the  patient and staffs experience using the technology.


To become an informatics nurse, you must  have degree on  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and must be a registered nurse with few years of experience.


6. Home health nurse -


It is a clinical care for the patients who are disabled, needs help, recovering from surgery or illness or terminally ill which is provided in a home. The home health nurse assess the clients, administer medication as per doctor's order, provide support and give health education. The home health care may be for a short or long term period.


You get a job as a home health nurse, you must have degree of BSN, you must be a registered nurse and have a special training on home health care.


7. Forensic nurse -


Forensic nurse involves in the investigation of crime. They assist in the investigation of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse and death cases. The goal of a forensic nurse is to collect evidence data, medical records and to collaborate with the legal authority.


To become a forensic nurse, you should have a degree of BSN and you should be registered nurse. You may gather special degree on forensic nursing (Post Basic Diploma in Forensic Nursing).


8. Clinical nurse manager -

10 Alternative Career Choices for Nurses Beyond Hospital Bedside Care
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Clinical nurse manager works for the administrative level to manage the whole nursing team. The duty of a clinical nurse manager is developing a nursing care, improving the quality, maintaining a budget, managing the schedule and regulating the policies.


The criteria to become a clinical nurse manager is at least five years of experience in nursing and must have a course on hospital management.


9. Nursing case manager -


Nursing case manager is the connector between staff nurses, doctors and other healthcare personnels. The duty of a nursing case manager is developing patients care, ensuring the patient care, managing necessary care, determining patient placement.


The criteria to become a nursing case manager is degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you must be a registered nurse with few years of experience and additional course certificate of case management.


10. Military nursing service -


Military nursing service is a challenging and honourable career. The military nurse works along with the military forces and provides care to injured army, helps in improving health and provides necessary medical care.


To become a military nurse, you must have a degree on Bachelor of Science in Nursing or PB B.sc(Nursing) or Master in Science in Nursing. Also must meet the criteria of physical fitness.



Always remember that nursing is the most  exciting career and flexible job ever. So, explore more in nursing career and choose a suitable job for you. If you think, it's the time to make change, start your journey with an alternative career choice.