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by Cgritz77 Cgritz77, RN (New Member) New Member Nurse

Cgritz77 has 4 years experience as a RN and works as a Registered nurse.

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Hello all,

I have been a nurse for 4 years going on 5. I have my nursing diploma and am currently going for my BSN online. I have jumped around in my career a lot trying to find the right place for me. I've worked in a hospital, a few nursing homes, home health, and a long term acute care hospital (similar to ICU). I loved long term acute care, but I just wasn't very good at it. I'm really not sure what I will do next, but I'm starting to feel the bedside isn't for me. Could anyone tell me what my options are to do nonclinical nursing? I won't have my BSN until sometime late next year, but I would also appreciate answers as to what I would qualify for nonclinically with my BSN as well. I have also decided that once I am finished with my BSN then I will go back for my MSNtoo. Please let me know what my options are. I really don't want to quit nursing as I've put so much effort into it, and I am willing to get any other degrees I have to to be able to leave the bedside. Thanks.

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The BSN will open you up to more opportunities.

You could do utilization review. You could work for an insurance company. You might be able to teach cnas, techs, lpns.

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Blue_Moon has 18 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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I am a school nurse. It doesn't pay as much as the bedside but we get lots of perks like good benefits, lots of time off, etc... You could also teach classes at a community college but the pay isn't great there either.

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OUxPhys has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a cardiac stepdown/progressive care.

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Case manager, outpatient clinic, a procedural area. You could go into education or work for an insurance or medical device company.

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BiscuitRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a School Nurse.

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2 hours ago, Blue_Moon said:

I am a school nurse. It doesn't pay as much as the bedside but we get lots of perks like good benefits, lots of time off, etc... You could also teach classes at a community college but the pay isn't great there either.

I came here to second school nursing--I've never had better health insurance!

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Matthew RN has 13 years experience as a MSN and works as a Nursing Faculty, Per-diem Pediatric Nurse.

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Possible non-clinical nursing jobs:

1) Case management (usually BSN required).

2) Nurse auditing.

3) Legal consultant (usually BSN required).

4) Nursing Management/Administration (usually BSN required).

5) Recruiting.

6) Informatics.

7) Quality control (usually BSN required).

8_) Patient advocacy (usually BSN required).

9) School nursing.

10) Public health.

11) Sales rep for pharm or suppliers.

12) Sim-lab coordinator for a nursing school (usually BSN required).

13) Skills pass off/lab coverage for a nursing school (usually BSN required).

 

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vegasmomma has 5 years experience as a BSN.

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Drug rehab/addiction nursing.  You see progress and improvement in the patients which is rewarding. Not very stressful. You are actually helping people. Most of them want to get better and go home. 

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Do you like being a nurse? If so, then yes there is a job out there for you. If not, then you will not be content. Try to stay where you are right now until you get your BSN. Job hopping to often is not good.

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I am a new grad working in Community Health and I love it! Honestly I don’t place my hands on patients very often— only when I give injections and the occasional ear flush. Mostly what I do is education and listening. There’s a fair bit of “investigating”, such as when a diabetic patient says “I haven’t been feeling as good as usual but I’m fine” and I have to find creative ways to uncover what exactly that means.  The primary thing you need is absolutely excellent communication skills.

I also spend ages on the phone, because we don’t have a social work department so every “Granny needs a wheelchair and Medicaid denied it” phone call falls to the nurses to solve.

For my particular job, I am getting paid slightly more than some of the hospital new grad programs. 

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I started in bedside nursing six years ago and got burnt out pretty quickly.  three years ago I moved to the OR.  More money, less stress.   Fewer holidays. No nights or weekends (Baylor in place).  Minimal call.  I work the evening/trauma shift at a level 1 trauma center so it's rarely boring.

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Hello_Pretty has 2 years experience as a RN and works as a RN.

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School nursing and public health nursing require a bachelor's.   At most (not all) nursing homes in my area,  the RN is the nursing supervisor (above the LVN and CNA).  So they don't do hands on care.  They are also used as desks nurses and admitting nurses.  You can even try working as a DSD (staff development). 

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