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Jobs for Nurses: 50+ Different Nursing Positions

Ann Feeney, CAE
Updated April 1, 2024
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    What can you do with a nursing degree? Explore what nurses do and the different nursing jobs available to licensed nurses.
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    Things To Do With A Nursing Degree

    Now that you’ve earned your nursing degree, you’re likely excited to get to work. There are a lot of jobs you can work with a nursing degree but nailing down the right position can be overwhelming.

    This article explores different nursing jobs and the types of practices where nurses work. Whether you prefer to work with children, older adults, or researchers, this list can help you understand just what you can do with a nursing degree.

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    What Can You Do With a Nursing Degree?

    While most nurses are registered nurses (RNs) with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), there are far more jobs you can do depending on the type of nursing degree you have. You can become a nurse with a two-year associate degree in nursing, follow the traditional BSN degree route, or earn a master of science in nursing or a doctor of nursing practice degree and become a nurse practitioner. There are tons of nursing specialties for which these degrees can prepare you. Check out the list below to find one that fits your career goals.

    Nontraditional Nursing Opportunities

    The nursing field comprises an expansive array of career opportunities. Many of these paths allow professionals to go beyond bedside care and traditional workplace settings, such as hospitals and private practices. Nontraditional positions include toxicology nurses, prison nurses, and nutrition and fitness nurses.

    Nurses can also explore opportunities as travel nurses, filling in for other professionals across the country and internationally. Nurses interested in following a nontraditional pathway can watch the video below to learn more about the options available to them.

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