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Alternative Careers For RN’s: A Quick Guide

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Alternative Careers For RN’s: A Quick Guide

Alternative Careers For RN’s: A Quick Guide

Having the title of Registered Nurse (RN) gives such a range of options when it comes to your career. As nurses, we go through rigorous medical training, but what they don’t tell you in school is that all the knowledge you learn along the way can be used in so many diverse ways. We typically think of using our RN to work in the hospital treating patients, but as it turns out, that is just the beginning!

Let’s take a look at all the things you can do other than work bedside in a hospital! Here are ten of our favorites!

1. Legal Nurse Consultant

Basic job description: Help with medical information during legal trials, sometimes even testifying

Skills needed: The patience to read many documents and general knowledge of nursing overall

Where they work: Insurance companies, law enforcement, law firms, private consultants

Salary: Approximately $75,000/year


2. Academic Nurse Writer

Basic job description: Write medical journals, textbooks, websites, training manuals

Skills needed: strong grammar, formatting, reference staples

Where they work: Private consultants, educational facilities, regulatory bodies, insurance companies

Salary: Approximately $70,000/year


3. Nurse Case Manager

Basic job description: Act as an intermediary between patients and doctors, coordinate patient resources and medical decisions

Skills needed: Good communication, organization, creative/resourceful

Where they work: Long term care facilities, hospital, insurance companies, psychiatric facilities

Salary: Approximately $70,000/year


4. Nurse Educator

Basic job description: Educate other nurses, administrative tasks, implement new procedures, training programs, mentor

Skills needed: Strong nursing skill set, leadership

Where they work: Hospital, nursing homes, long term care facilities, psychiatric facilities, home health care facilities

Salary: Approximately $73,000/year


5. Occupational Nurse

Basic job description: Develop safe work practices, trainings, manuals

Skills needed: Good communication, organization

Where they work: Industrial, manufacturing, corporate, any larger workplace

Salary: Approximately $69,000/year


6. Nurse Health Coach

Basic job description: Coach about a healthy lifestyle, prevent future health problems

Skills needed: a good background in nutrition, exercise, and preventative medicine

Where they work: Private consultant, insurance companies, other private health companies

Salary: Approximately $45,000/year


7. Camp Nurse

Basic job description: Provide medical attention to camp goers, respond to emergencies

Skills needed: a love for kids, good first aid and medication administration skills

Where they work: Camps– adult, children and special needs

Salary: Approximately $62,000/year


8. Cruise Ship Nurse

Basic job description: Provide medical attention to staff and passengers

Skills needed: a sense of adventure, knowledge of common cruise illnesses, response in emergency

Where they work: Cruise lines– Bonus! Free Travel!

Salary: Approximately $56,000/year


9. Infection Control Nurses

Basic job description: Prevent the spread of disease, research, hygiene practices

Skills needed: a love for research and data, a strong background in infectious diseases

Where they work: Nursing homes, hospitals, doctor’s offices, insurance companies

Salary: Approximately $85,000/year


10. Informatics Nurse

Basic job description: Work to simplify documentation and electronic health records in conjunction with software developers

Skills needed: a BSN, experience with electronic health records

Where they work: Hospitals, software development companies

Salary: Approximately $93,000/year

There you have it! 10 alternative careers for RN’s that aren’t bedside! Some of them sound pretty cool. What do you think? Which would you like the most? Join the conversation on




Katelyn Johnson

Katelyn Johnson


Katelyn has a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and five years of clinical experience. She has made the shift to full-time freelance writing and enjoys covering topics on nursing careers, lifestyle, and community. Her goal is to help start a conversation and spread awareness around the many ups and downs of the healthcare field.


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