Alternative Nursing Careers Outside the Hospital

Today, there are more than 3 million registered nurses in the United States, making nursing one of the nation’s largest professions. Although most nurses work in hospitals — in several 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.

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Diverse Nursing Career Opportunities

Although 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:

  • 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
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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 specialized areas of practice.

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For More Information

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