What comes to mind when you think of a registered nurse? Do you picture being at the bedside of a critically ill patient administering medicine and dressing wounds? Sure, that’s one of the jobs you can have; it’s exciting, challenging and fulfilling. It’s also probably what most people envision when they think of a nurse. Not so sure you want to be a staff nurse for the rest of your career? Want to stretch your wings and imagination? Or maybe you’re just looking for a change. Well, if that describes you, it’s never been a better time to be a registered nurse. Just look at some of the great options you have that you may have never considered:
Legal Nurse Consultant
Legal Nurse Consulting is an interesting and unique nursing job. Legal Nurse Consultants are licensed RNs who consult with and advise various litigators and companies who are seeking input on the medical issues of a case. Registered nurses give their expert opinion, do research on a case, review medical files, reports, and interview patients face to face. You may also assist in depositions and testify in trials. It’s important to be an effective communicator, good researcher and skilled in remembering details. You will need to become certified to be a LNC, and can take certification courses online at your own pace, or a classroom. Compensation for a Legal Nurse Consultant is highly competitive. Some of your clients may include law firms, hospitals or private litigants. You can also be a freelance consultant, which offers you the great benefit of setting your own hours.
How do daytime hours and summers off sound? Then being a school nurse might be the job for you. School nurses work in the school system by assisting students and faculty by providing simple medical care, administering medication, and serving as a parent educator. Communication with parents is a large part of being a school nurse; you will make phone calls reporting a student’s illness, send notices of communicable diseases home to alert parents, and organize appropriate educational material to send home with students for parents to review. One of the prime benefits of being a school nurse are the hours required: all days with week-ends and holidays off. You can even job-share to create a part-time position–and it doesn’t get any better than having your summers off!
If you love to travel and desire to see new parts of the country while using your nursing skills, travel nursing may be perfect for you. Travel nursing is an exciting job with great compensation that usually includes paid housing, generous sign-on bonuses and the freedom to choose which locations you will work. You will work for an agency that gives you choices of locations with positions available and you decide whether to take the assignment. Assignments are usually no less than 12 weeks. This job is especially attractive to young, single nurses who have the freedom to move frequently and want to experience different parts of the country—including Hawaii!