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4 Non-Hospital Jobs Perfect for Nurses

Nurses who earn advanced degrees don’t always have to work in a hospital setting. Instead, they can choose careers outside of the hospital. These four options may help you find a career path that won’t force you to work in a hospital until the day you retire.

1. Patient Advocate

Patients often need advocates who can help them make difficult decisions. Even someone fighting the common flu might not feel well enough to ask questions at the doctor’s office. Advocates work on behalf of patients to make sure they get the kind of care they want. They may work with non-profit organizations, nursing homes, health care groups, and other organizations interested in helping the ill and improving the state of health care services.

Patient advocates earn about $125 per hour. Part-time and full-time positions are available.

Why Nurses Like Working as Patient Advocates
Nurses like this job because it gives them a chance to use their specialized health care knowledge outside of the hospital environment. Instead of taking orders in a hospital, nurses can keep their clients informed of health care options and relate patient needs to primary health care providers.

2. Nursing Administrator

Nursing administrators can find work outside of the hospital, often with physician groups or other health care providers. The job requires a lot of knowledge and dedication. As a nursing administrator, professionals may have to:
• oversee budgets
• review clinical programs
• manage a staff of reliable nurses
• write workplace policies
• monitor policies to make sure they work

Nursing administrators often have graduate degrees in health care, systems leadership and/or management. They may also need several years of experience working as nurses.

Why Nurses Like Working as Nursing Administrators
Nursing administrators get to share the experiences that they learned during their years of working directly with patients. Administrators can also play crucial roles in improving patient services and fostering a patient-centric care environment while addressing budget and staff concerns.

3. Nurse Educator

As health care becomes an increasingly important part of the economy, the industry will need more nurses who can provide excellent patient care. That means the industry will also need more teachers to prepare new nurses for their careers. Nurse educators need a lot of education and real-world experience. Many nurses become educators after they have worked in the health care industry for several years. Full-time nurse educators make about $85,000 per year.

Why Nurses Like Working as Nurse Educators
Educators get to pass on their knowledge to a new generation of nurses. Some nurse educators may also appreciate the relative calm of a classroom environment compared to chaotic hospitals.

4. Occupational Health Manager

Occupational health managers often work with large employers to develop safe work environments. They may work in offices, factories, and other environments where employees need to follow safety protocols.

The average occupational health manager earns $66,790 per year. Unfortunately, the position faces slower than average growth that could make it difficult for nurses to secure full-time jobs. Higher levels of education could make nurses more competitive so they can enter this field.

Why Nurses Like Working as Occupational Health Managers
Many nurses like working as occupational health managers because they can improve the working conditions. A good occupational health program could also prevent injuries and illnesses.

Which of these nursing jobs sounds most exciting to you? Can you think of other jobs nurses can do outside of hospitals?

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