For someone thinking about a career in nursing...what are the career options if you don't want to work in a hospital setting? Everyone says that there are so many opportunities in nursing...but everything seems like it is hospital based. From what I have heard, doctors offices hire medical assistants or LPN's vs RN's. I have been accepted into a BSN-AT, right now, I am just finishing up some pre-recs. I often wonder if a career in nursing is for me if I don't want to work in a hosptital. Are there really that many more options in this career field?
As a student many hours are spent working in a clinical setting such as a hospital. Have you gotten to that point yet? I guess my biggest question would be what interest do you have in nursing? What has drawn you to want to be a nurse. In NY state I believe most nursing jobs require at least one year of med/surg on a unit before most employers will consider you for other areas. yes there are many areas that an RN can work. Research, teaching, school and public health, not to mention all of the industrial mills, prisons and long term care facilities, but I think before any of those options open up a nurse should spend time on a medical unit.
Last edit by snowdog85 on Sep 27, '08