Not every nurse will go on to practice in a hospital or nursing home. Many nurses who have decided to retire from such a position may decide to go on to different careers. Some may choose to leave nursing altogether while others will use their nursing degree and experience in new and exciting ways.
As with any degree, your job type is limited only by your imagination and creativity with what you have learned.
Nurses can also be authors on books in their field. While anyone that has the talent can author a novel, medical texts should be written by those with experience. An author with nursing experience can find employment as a ghost writer or as a collaborator for medical texts.
Nursing bloggers may write about their job or keep other nurses up to date with advances in the field. Some nurses may write humor blogs – but if you plan on relating your own experiences it is best to get permission to share stories that name others.
Some private care agencies need nurses to recruit other nurses. These nurses may work in the agency’s offices or set up booths at career fairs in order to bring new nurses to the agency..
Medical Supply Consultant:
Some medical supply companies may need the services of nurses to test, suggest, or sell their products.
Nurses may also work as a research assistant. These nurses will research databases for material in order to ensure proper documentation.
There are many jobs that offer telecommuting opportunities. A telecommuting nurse may work in medical transcription, data entry, or even organizing patient records for doctors.
Much like a blogger, a nurse that owns a website may be providing information to other nurses. The nurse may also operate forums. These jobs are usually self employment and the nurse is paid for advertising space.
Some suicide hotlines may use nurses or you may find employment with your local 911 service. A nursing background can help in both situations. 911 operators will require extra training, but the experience a nurse has in identifying injuries and their first aid training is invaluable.
Nursing will always need teachers to educate the next generations of nurses. It can be very satisfying to know you have helped mold nurses that will continue to help others for many years to come.