One reason people are often attracted to the nursing profession is the endless job opportunities that are available. Experienced nurses often seek jobs outside of the hospital setting when they decide that a change of pace is needed. Most of the non-hospital nursing job opportunities require a few years of clinical experience, and sometimes additional education.
Opportunities exist as an employee or as a potential nurse business start-up. (Any time a nurse starts their own business they need to do so legally by consulting their state board of nursing and should be open to hiring professional experts to assist them in their business.)
Here are 15 non-hospital nursing jobs for nurses:
#1 Nurse Health Coach
At this time, any Registered Nurse may call themselves a “nurse coach” while staying within their scope of practice when coaching patients without additional certification. This enables nurses to legally start their own business and coach others in their area of expertise. Also, many insurance companies hire nurses as health coaches in an effort to keep their customers as healthy as possible in an effort to reduce their spending.
#2 Life Care Planner
As a business opportunity, a nurse can become a Life Care Planner helping terminally ill, or long-term medically needy patients with their plan of care. In order to become certified, previous experience is required.
#3 Nurse Navigator
Owning your own business as a nurse navigator would be ideal for nurses who understand insurance policies and who can help patients obtain the care they need. This opportunity is ideal for nurses who enjoy paperwork and research in addition to helping their patients.
#4 Academic Nurse Writer
If you have a graduate degree in nursing and excel in writing, you can author textbooks chapters in your specialty and/or obtain a publisher to write your own book. This is closely aligned with nurse education.
#5 Legal Nurse Consultant
Attorneys hire legal nurse consultant’s to help interpret medical records and serve as expert witnesses. This business opportunity requires training and certification.
#6 Hospice Nurse
Hospice nurses work for medical organizations, and spend much of their time caring for patients in a home setting who are at the end of their life. They help patients by assisting with pain relief and independent skills for as long as the patient is able. They also provide medical and emotional support for their family members.
#7 Public Health Nurse
Public Health Nurses are usually employed by state, public, or government entities and focus on the health of the community at large. For example, schools, community organizations (such as disaster relief), and health clinics are some of the work settings that they work in.
#8 Occupational Nurse
These nurses work in places of business, and usually serve as a nurse to the employees of the business.
#9 Concierge Nurse
If you are business minded, a nurse that makes house calls may be the business opportunity for you. In fact, this is historically how most nurses practiced until the 1940s. It is an area with huge growth potential. When you start any nurse business, be sure and consult your state board of nursing, obtain the proper business and nurse liability insurance, and consult the required experts such as attorneys and tax/accounting professionals.
#10 Forensic Nurse Consultant
There are opportunities to work as a Forensic Nurse Consultant for law enforcement agencies and criminal attorneys in this role, especially if you can leverage your previous hospital experience. There are certifications that nurses will be expected to obtain in order to provide this service.
#11 Nurse Case Manager
Do you want to work from home but still be an employee? Nurse Case Management is definitely an area full of work from home opportunities. These jobs usually require previous experience, computer skills, and sometimes travel.
#12 Dialysis Nurse
Dialysis nurses have job opportunities in private nurse care settings as well as home care, and medical clinics.
#13 Nurse Midwife
While the majority of Nurse Midwifery jobs are in the hospital setting, some of them practice in birth centers. While birth centers do have the basic equipment required to do the job, they are focused on the natural birth experience and are not hospitals. They are designed for families to experience a non-medical birth. Typically birth centers are set up to simulate a home away from home experience and if a birth emergency arises, they call an ambulance to transport the patient to the hospital. See 5 Online MSN Midwifery Practitioner Programs + ADN Bridge Options.
#14 Mental Health Nurse
They often work in private clinics, educational settings, community settings, and facilities. Some states allow private practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
#15 Nurse Educator
Outside of the hospital setting many opportunities exist for nurse educators. Common settings for nurse educators include; medical device companies, community/government, pharmaceutical companies, research, medical clinics, education companies, and colleges. The opportunities are rapidly expanding due to the growth of online jobs, and the possibilities for self-employment.
Are you currently working in a non-traditional setting as a nurse outside of the hospital? Please leave a comment below telling us about your nursing practice in the non-hospital setting.