Hello Skips, hope you had a wonderful holiday.
I just wanted to give a small bit of input on your topic because I found it interesting and it's nice to see a new grad like myself have interests other than hospital nursing!
I too have been looking into prospects outside of hospital nursing. For instance, I want to work at a Hemophilia Treatment Center at my local hospital which deals with not only pediatrics, but adults as well. They are connected to a hospital, however, they are their own, independent clinic. There is also the option of working for non-profit organizations or even home health. Before I entered nursing school, I worked as a pharmacy tech in a home health setting and I worked closely with a lot of the nurses and the nursing manager, all of which, loved that area of nursing. However...there was one catch. Experience.
From what I have researched (yes, I have been doing job hunting while in school) and my own experience with other providers(including my work history with one), they prefer experience for their hires. This is where hospital nursing becomes a vital stepping stone for new nursing grads like you and I. It may have its flaws, but it also has great potential for opening new pathways for our future. It may take a few years to get there, but just like our education, it will help us just become a more well rounded nurse and prepare us for settings outside of the hospital. Like the community health area.
As always, I truly wish you the best in your endeavor and will be rooting for you! Best of luck and happy holidays!