Bedside nursing is the defining, quintessential, role for many Registered Nurses (RN). In my current role, I often draw on my bedside experience when approaching problems. Nothing can replace or substitute for a solid foundation in direct patient care. Many employers recognize this as well and are eager to place nurses in other roles that will also benefit patients. There are many career options for nurses and a career choice really depends on the individual’s interest and willingness to invest time. Advanced education may open several doors but is not necessarily the only path. Experienced bedside nurses already have several options available to them. If you are interested in taking your career in another direction these five options will be useful to consider. Use our healthcare job board to find positions in all these fields.
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Tele-nursing: Many healthcare systems, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies are exploring or have established “nursing call centers”. These nurses are first line clinicians that interact with concerned patients. This type of nurse should be ready to receive a variety of questions, and be comfortable combining critical thinking with established guidelines. New talents and skills in communication will be developed as your knowledge of clinical care is tested in ways that could not be anticipated.
Case Management: This role is common in the insurance industry. Experienced nurses understand the course of care provided in any particular patient visit. This knowledge will ensure that the insurance company appropriately covers procedures and treatments. Collaborating with other nurses and physicians inside and outside the insurance company will be vital. Nurses also have a fantastic opportunity to work directly with patients to help them understand their benefits based on their specific clinical situation.