Nursing is not just bedside...in the hospital! While that is the MAJOR focus of nursing school, there are a wide variety of options when becoming a nurse that have nothing to do with Med-surge, ICU, or LnD.
Psychiatric nursing is a fantastic career for those interested in psychology! Case management is great for those interested in sociology! There is a huge demand for psychiatric nurse practitioners and this could be a great end-goal career!
There is also nursing education, which is great for people who are life long learners! Education would be a great field if you enjoy pathophysiology, pharmacology and nursing theory!
Then there is my field nursing research! Yes research, the class everyone hates in undergraduate (BSN) programs! I worked in the ICU, Med-Surge, and PCU, but when I started working in these areas I thought of ways we could implement best practice guidelines! I work with subjects who participate in clinical trials, and drug trials to see if we can improve patient outcomes. I work with inpatient and outpatient subjects! I work with a ton of people in psychometrics, these people have masters in psychology and run data analysis as well as cognitive testing (I work in Neurology).
All this to say! I always like to tell people nursing is a great career, because it opens so many doors to do things you don't traditionally think as nursing! To some administering medications, giving bed-baths, and developing care plans is their passion and it gives their life purpose. For others working with psychiatric patients and leading group therapy sessions is their passion. Still for others reading the latest data points about a new pharmacological drug is their passion!
Nursing looks a lot different from what is taught in school, mainly because there simply isn't enough time!
Hope this helps! Good Luck!