So hospital nursing jobs may be the first
thing you think of when you think of a career
as a nurse. But there are so many other
nursing jobs out there and the field is
constantly evolving and coming up with new
avenues to explore as well.
So that's super cool.
Do you need to start in the hospital?
Heck no. Most people start their nursing
career in the hospital because that is where
most of the jobs are.
But if you are not set on working in the
hospital, I know plenty of
nurses that have launched their very
successful nursing careers in the outpatient
world, and they're doing remarkably well.
You may just have to wait a little bit
longer in order to find one of those jobs or
not be okay with not getting your dream job
But that's honestly kind of the case across
the board in all the specialties.
So you might as well wait for what you kind
Here's a few outpatient jobs to kind of
consider or start looking into in your
nursing career, if you aren't thinking that
the hospital life is going to be the life for
you. There are a ton of outpatient nursing
jobs, like I said, but I have picked,
again, some just the more common ones so
that we can have a more focused discussion
here. So probably the most common is working
in like a clinic, an
office, an outpatient type of setting.
Clinic nurses work in offices and perform a
ton of education,
assessment, and they triage a lot of
patients, usually over the phone.
Here you'll be doing a lot of chatting with
people, seeing if do you really need to come
into the office, you're answering their
questions, you're doing assessments, kind of
seeing, again, do you need to come into this
office and educating them on all the
different aspects of their care.
You'll take care of some in-office injections
and procedures such as wound care,
and you may be helping to interpret labs or
some other results depending on the state
that you live in. This is a great option, if
you are looking for something that is pretty
low stress, you enjoy routine, and you want
that no night shift
or holiday life.
Similar to a clinic nurse, you can also work
at any outpatient
procedure or residential centers.
This would include things like outpatient
surgery centers, psychiatric
centers, outpatient rehab programs and long
term care facilities.
These job responsibilities will vary widely
where you're working, as will the schedule.
But they're usually less high stress and
more helpful in terms
of you can kind of create your own schedule.
Certainly more flexible than inpatient jobs
School nursing is also quite common where you
are assessing school aged
humans who try to impale themselves on play
pencils, or they need medication throughout
the day, or they come in down with
the stomach bug or a broken arm.
They also coordinate a lot of the safety
procedures and policies for the schools
and are used as a resource for things like
how do we handle a
pandemic in school?
How do we keep people safe?
Some states require additional schooling for
this role, where you would have to go get
your master's degree. But many don't.
And this is an awesome option if you enjoy
autonomy because you're going to be the only
one there. You have a ton of patients for
these tiny children who are constantly trying
to die, and you want a schedule that will
give you time off, like in the summer or
around breaks when school is out.
We also have home health.
This one is huge and really like unknown.
I feel like this is when you are traveling
to people's homes and providing them with
And this can range from making sure that
people have a nurse to visit them to ensure
that the house is safe, to optimizing
environments, reduce, to reduce falls, and to
make sure that they are just doing generally
Overall kind of a wellness check, you can
also be there doing dressing changes,
administering IV medications and
coordinating when additional resources might
need to be brought in for the patient.
Although it's not the same as home health,
we can kind of lump like hospice and
palliative care in here as well.
And those are other outpatient jobs where
you're visiting patients, usually in their
home and providing measures to just improve
their quality of life or provide
end of life care.
This schedule, all of these home health
things, the schedule here is awesome
because you have a lot of flexibility into
when you can kind of go
into people's houses.
So you can kind of choose your schedule, and
it requires you to also be fairly
autonomous. And so you have to, before you
go into this, be comfortable being
in some interesting situations where you're
going to be the final decision maker.
But like I said, very flexible.
Next, we have case managers.
These are nurses who do like, quite
literally as it sounds, they manage patient
cases. They help coordinate all the
different things that need to happen when a
patient is being discharged and going home
from the hospital and needs to have
follow-ups, new equipment delivered to their
They need to have home meds, the IV pump,
all the things.
They work with outpatient to kind of connect
to social workers, to
dietitians, to primary care, to the patient,
and make sure that that entire network goes
together, and they legitimately make, they
make magic happen.
Not all offices or health settings have
these wonderful humans, but when they do
exist, they are so incredibly helpful.
Can you tell? I didn't have them at my last
job, and I'm still sad about it.
Ok, good. This would be a lovely career for
you if you have some
nursing experience because you kind of need
to know what's going on, and you are ready
for a really big picture job, and you love
pieces together because this involves a lot
of maneuvering and takes a lot of
magic. What else is magic?
Being a camp nurse, at least in my head, I
have never done this, and it is quite
possibly not as glamorous as I imagine it in
But doesn't it just sound magical?
That's why I threw it on the list.
You were a nurse. You were at camp.
How cool. Veering back into the very not
We have the nurse world of nursing
administration, things like
being a consultant for insurance companies.
And you could be a nursing educator.
You can work as a nurse manager and educator
on a unit that like teaches the actual
nurses. Or you can focus on something
specialized like diabetes education, or you
could literally go in and be an educator to
future nursing students.
There's tons of options within the corporate
side of nursing, and the world
is yours to explore.
And last but certainly not least, we have
flight nurses who wear
amazing jumpsuits and walk around like they
own the place because they might as
well own it. They ride on helicopters and
planes and ambulances and fix
people while flying through the air.
You need a ton of different ICU experience
in order to do this in the emergency room and
the Pedes ICU. And it is incredibly
hardcore, but it is so cool,
and I'm just really glad that there's people
that want to do that because I can't imagine.
But if you also like are not all about the
adventure life where maybe you don't want to
be, like shuttling through the world in a
tiny cabin while performing lifesaving care.
Then the next module may be for you.