Alternative Nursing Careers Outside the Hospital

Today, there are more than 3 million registered nurses in the United States, making it one of the nation’s largest professions. Though the majority of nurses work in hospitals — in a number of areas including the emergency department, maternity, medical-surgical, oncology/hematology, pediatrics, and trauma — there are a variety of additional full- and part-time nursing opportunities available in alternative settings such as clinics, public health and home health agencies.

Diverse Nursing Career Opportunities

Though you may need to gain some experience working in a hospital setting first, a BSN degree from the University of the Incarnate Word puts a variety of alternative nursing careers within reach (especially if you have a previous degree in a relevant field). You may elect to pursue any one of these roles, for example:

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  • Clinical nurse instructor
  • Community center clinical nurse
  • Cruise ship nurse
  • Health coach
  • Home health nurse
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Nurse Recruiter
  • Nurse Risk Manager
  • Nursing Case Manager
  • Hospice nurse
  • Informatics nurse
  • Legal nurse consultant
  • Medical sales representative
  • Nurse navigator
  • Nurse writer
  • Nursing home caregiver
  • Occupational nurse
  • School nurse

Do More With a BSN

If you are thinking about earning a BSN, there is even more to be excited about beyond the wealth of alternative career options. Because of their depth and breadth of knowledge, BSN-prepared nurses are uniquely positioned to earn higher salaries, take on leadership roles, pursue graduate study and choose specialty areas of practice.

Contact us to find out more about how our 16-month ABSN track will prepare you to work in the hospital setting, as well as in a number of alternative nursing careers.

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