Keep in mind that the aforementioned jobs (phone triage, case management, nursing management) generally require prior clinical work experience.
While it's not mandatory that one "pay one's dues" for an "easy" nursing job, remember that there will be more competition and less demand for certain types of jobs.
You might be interested in home health where you see only one patient at a time, though you will see several patients each day. Still, candidates with inpatient experience are often preferred.
Some kinds of psych nursing aren't as physically demanding as others. If you're interested in this, see if there are any local facilities with this type of service and see if you can find out what the demand is for nurses (versus the current demand in many area for acute and LTC nursing jobs).
Public health nursing shouldn't be as physically demanding as they generally work in preventative care and community health services. Check with your local government services for the requirements and demands of nursing positions in that area.
Office nursing or occupational health seems like it would be a little less physically demanding, but with office nursing you see all kinds of patients in a work day. Occupational health you may not see anyone for days. Sounds kind of boring. Plus most of these jobs prefer you have some clinical hands-on experience and possibly even a MSN or specializing before hiring you.
I work a continuing care psych unit and believe me it keeps you hopping. You may not have the near death patients but I have all sorts of patients that keep you on your toes. And besides the direct care of the patients you have those under you that your supervising and making sure things get done. You may not have someone code blue on you but the code green 300 pd. guy who wants to kill you can mentally drain you as to wandering what his next move is and what yours should be for safety of yourself and others.
As a nursing student, I don't have any first hand knowledge of the real workings of a particular work situation, but I would think that if you are working an "easier" floor/office/whatever, there would be an increase in another area, more patients, more paperwork, whatever. You don't think its going to be easy, do ya?
I'm a night tele nurse at a large hospital, and i barly get to sit down - I'm sure day shift is just as busy. so... not easy
I noticed ICU and CCU are less physically demanding as far as running inbetween rooms, but they have their own work cut out for them.
I worked OR for three months, and depending on the procedure - you could be more or less involved. but if you're dazing and the doctor needs something, you'll get an earful. In more demanding cases, just paying attention to something so precise is exhausting - and wearing the TB mask for certain surgeries sucks ass. again... not easy
Nursing jobs I speculate are easy: being a 1 on 1 dialysis nurse, not the kind with a bunch of pts. sitting in one of those aurora health booths at big shopping malls (as seen in Milwaukee, WI) we don't have them in Chicago yet. I bet being a gift of hope organ procurment nurse is easy, until you get a call - or have a lot of cases at once. legal nurse consultant is probably a cool job.
maybe I should just be a stay at home dad, that would rule; i should talk to my girlfriend about that.