New RN, not interested in bedside nursing


Hey everyone -

I recently obtained my RN license but have absolutely no desire to do traditional bedside nursing. I love working with people just not in a hospital setting. What alternatives are there for a BSN - RN prepared nurse with no clinical experience (outside of college clinical rotation experience)? I have heard about insurance companies hiring RNs to review cases, etc...however that sounds incredibly boring. I KNOW there are lesser known jobs other than traditional bedside nursing or pushing paper. Could you all give me some suggestions to look in to?



75 Posts

Maybe you could get a job in a doctor's office /clinic? School or community nursing may be something too.


1,198 Posts

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

With no experience, it's a tad harder to find something as you are up against those with years of experience wanting to move away from bedside.

Health departments, Jails/Prisons, Outpatient surgery centers, Assisted Living all offer roles for RNs.


451 Posts

Specializes in acute care med/surg, LTC, orthopedics. Has 5 years experience.

As a new grad, you're extremely limited. There are many non-bedside Nursing Jobs but I doubt many employers will hire a nurse without clinical experience, since this is the bread and butter of nursing and without this foundational knowledge makes the rest of your skills less transferable. Employers might also wonder why you got into nursing if you refuse to acquire the valuable experience and exposure that can only be gained with direct patient care.

Specializes in Hospice.

a couple of my classmates started out as case-managers and love it.


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Specializes in Nursing Eduator. Has 5 years experience.

Bed side nursing is not what every nurse dreams about, and believe me at times I am inclined to agree...However, as a new graduate it can sure help you along the way to a career in nursing you would rather pursue...There are nurses in research...but mostly require an MSN/PhD...does not necessarily require bedside experience, phone triage(good to have some bedside knowledge), case managers that I know DO love their jobs...Health department as previously stated would be a good choice....I believe there is a website called that has just about EVERY career you can go into for nursing...I would give that a try...Good luck with your goals,dreams and ambitions. Nursing is one of those career fields that will take you places you have not even thought of before!


169 Posts

Why did you go into nursing? Right now it is very hard to find ANY nursing job. I'm RN, BSN with ACLS PALS graduated in 2008 and I'm still looking. You need 1 year of experience to be able to land a job. Where do you get it? Employers don't care. The strong connections in healthcare industry helped some of my former classmates. Good luck! Hope you'd find what you are looking for.


35 Posts

Look into informatics if you like computers!


92 Posts

Specializes in Labor and Delivery, Med/Surg-tele. Has 6 years experience.

Medical/hospital software development with companies such as Cerner hire nurses. Not sure how extensive your experience must be though....


13 Posts

Oupatient Dialysis. It is in a outpatient setting and mainly routine. Occasionally you have to call 911, but for the most part it is routine. Good Luck.

RNperdiem, RN

4,591 Posts

Has 14 years experience.

There are a few I can think of, but these clinics and practices tend to recruit experienced nurses they know from the hospital.

As a new grad you will be competing for jobs with Nurse of the Year with 25years experience.

My uncle is a nurse manager at a mental health clinic run with 6 nurses. The last nurse he hired was 10 years ago. Some jobs do not come open until someone retires.

You might not be interested in bedside nursing, but consider it a legit plan B.


64 Posts

The office I work for has absolutely no problem hiring new grads. I think it's probably because we're a lot cheaper than Nurse of the Year w/ 25 years experience, and this job doesn't really many of the skills you gain in a hospital, so there isn't any reason to pay thousands more per year for someone with experience. But I agree with everyone who's said try to find a bedside job first...I feel like I'm not using much of my degree at all.Time will fly at your first job anyway...before long you'll have at least some experience and know a little more about what you really want to do.