Nursing Career

Alternative Careers for Registered Nurses

Unlimited possibilities. Endless Choices. The power of a BSN degree.

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest healthcare news, you know the nursing profession is continually making headlines. From the nationwide shortage to fast employment growth and career diversity, nursing is a topic worth talking about. In this post, we’ll cover all the different types of alternative careers for registered nurses as well as some traditional BSN careers.

When you enter the nursing profession with a BSN degree, you can practice in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient settings as well as pursue certification in any number of specialty areas. While you may find your perfect fit in a traditional hospital role, you may also find non bedside nursing careers that interest you as well. With a BSN from Felician University, you have options.

Nurses with BSN degrees have plenty of career options outside of the traditional hospital setting. For instance, direct patient care is needed on/at:

  • Airplanes
  • Campsites
  • Correctional facilities
  • Cruise ships
  • Military bases
  • Public health offices
  • Schools

Alternative nursing careers can also be those that don’t involve direct patient care at all. However, these job titles often require education or training outside of a BSN.

Informatics nurse

One great alternative nursing career path is becoming an informatics nurse. These nurses develop communication and information technologies. They typically work in hospitals or clinics and their tasks include conducting research, implementing information technology into the clinical setting, and managing data. An informatics nurse salary ranges from $79,190 – 101,990.

Legal nurse consultants

Legal nurse consultants work as medical experts in legal cases. They often work in law firms, government settings, or private practices helping legal professionals understand medical language or read charts. They also may be asked to give expert testimony in cases. Their salary can range from $55,092 – 211,399.

Nurse entrepreneurs

Nurse entrepreneurs are nurses who start their own healthcare business venture. This path offers an opportunity to utilize their specialization and be their own boss. Salary would range depending on the venture.

Nursing students in lab coats

Advanced Practice Careers

A registered nurse with a BSN can choose to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing and a post-master’s certificate in an advanced practice role, such as:

Clinical nurse specialists

These advanced practice RNs bring leadership to practice settings. They also have a hand in attending to patients, creating treatment plans and administering medication. Their average salary range is $97,556 – 118,187.

Nurse anesthetists

Nurse anesthetists advanced practice RNs who deliver anesthesia to patients. They will also care for patients who need help preparing for or recovering from surgery. A nurse anesthetist salary can range from $159,000 – 192,500.

Nurse practitioners

Nurse practitioners are advanced practice RNs who can examine and treat patients. Keep in mind, every state has different rules that determine the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, but generally NPs can see patients, write prescriptions and diagnose illnesses. The average salary for this role is $91,500 – 120,500.

Bedside Nursing Careers

Bedside nursing is essentially ground zero for patient care. These nurses are on the frontline of direct patient care, working in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities.

On a day-to-day level, bedside nursing jobs can include:

  • Performing patient assessments
  • Taking and recording patient vital signs
  • Dispensing patient medications
  • Addressing the physical and emotional needs of patients
  • Preparing patients for surgery and other procedures
  • Assisting patients with daily living activities
  • Interpreting information for patients and family members
  • Being the liaison between patients and physicians
  • Educating patients on follow-through care
Nurse assisting patient

Bedside nurses with BSN degrees can also pursue certification in specific areas of practice to work with patients, such as:

  • Cardiac care, a nurse who cares for patients with heart disease and other heart conditions.
  • Emergency care, a nurse who cares for patients suffering from minor injuries and major traumas as well as other medical care.
  • Hematology care, a nurse who cares for patients with blood disorders or blood diseases.
  • Labor and delivery care, a nurse who cares for women and babies at all stages of childbirth.
  • Nephrology care, a nurse who cares for patients with kidney disease or abnormal kidney function.
  • Oncology care, a nurse who cares for patients who have or are at risk for cancer.
  • Pediatric care, a nurse who cares for a variety of patients under the age of 18.
  • Transplant care, a nurse who cares for patients donating or receiving an organ.
Felician ABSN students working in skills lab

How to Accelerate Your Nursing Career

If you have a confirmed non-nursing bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 60 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework, you may qualify for our Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABSN) in Nursing program in New Jersey. It’s always best to speak with one of our admissions counselors to know for sure. Your admissions counselor will make sure you’re a good fit for our ABSN program and vice versa. He or she can also explain what it takes to be successful in the program.

When you apply to the School of Nursing at Felician University, you can choose to accelerate your nursing education by way of our Hybrid ABSN program or On-Ground ABSN program. Here’s a quick comparison of these ABSN options.

No matter the program option you choose, you can expect to:

  • Receive an accredited nursing education from a respected university with award-winning and nationally recognized programs.
  • Learn how to provide competent, compassionate care to diverse patient populations.
  • Develop your nursing skills and clinical judgment in a state-of-the-art learning facility.
  • Gain real-world clinical experience in diverse areas of patient care.
  • Graduate prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN® exam with confidence.
  • Enter the workforce as a practice-ready nurse.

Ready to Get Started on Your BSN?

If you’re ready to take advantage of all the career options a BSN provides and start your career in nursing sooner, contact our admissions team today. Be prepared to speak with a dedicated ABSN counselor who is more than willing to help you set your nursing education in motion.

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