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Five Jobs for Nurses that Aren’t “Nursing”


There’s nothing more frustrating or demoralizing than being stuck in a job you don’t like. Chance are, you got into nursing because you’re passionate about helping people, but due to politics, stress or other damaging factors, your role as a bedside or direct patient care nurse has lost its luster. Bottom line: It’s time for a change. But is it even possible … and if so, how?

Take the Right Steps

Employers are not as hung up on your specific nursing degree and experience as you may think. So if your career ambitions have shifted, there’s no need to despair. You simply need to take the right steps to convince a potential employer to hire you.

If your passion for caring for others is still there, however dimmed it may be, you can reignite it by shifting from traditional hands-on nursing to one of these roles:

  • Educator: Work in a college or university and help prepare students to become nurses. Becoming a nurse educator gives you the flexibility to choose how much time you want to spend in a clinical setting.
  • Life care planner: Create long-term care plans for patients who suffer from chronic illnesses or sever injuries. Work with physicians, lawyers, insurance companies and whoever else is needed to make decisions on the needs and costs of appropriate care. After two years, you have the option of obtaining continuing education and become a certified nurse life-care planner (CNLCP).
  • Informatics: Use health information to communicate and manage patient data. This technical role has a huge impact on providing the right care. Once you have a few years’ experience, you can obtain a specialty certificate through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • Telemedicine: Use videos and computers to connect with patients who live remotely, have chronic conditions that need monitoring, or are unable to come to a clinic. If you’re a natural techie, this may be just right for you. More than 70 percent of healthcare providers are now using telemedicine tools.
  • An allied health position: The following positions pay comparably to nursing, but generally are less stressful and offer better hours – and as a nurse, you already have the necessary pre-reqs: radiation therapist, sonographer, respiratory therapist or radiology technologist.

Make the transition into your new career field by following these steps:

  • Determine which industry or job is of interest to you. Do your homework. In addition to online research, talk to and arrange informational interviews with people already working in the field. If possible, shadow an employee to get a first-hand idea of what the job is like.
  • Figure out if you’re qualified. Assess whether or not you have the basic requirements to get hired. You may have to go back to school and take relevant courses. Or, an internship experience might be a key factor in making the transition.
  • Leverage your transferable skills. These are such soft skills as written and verbal communication, problem solving, organization and project management. Look specifically at the skills listed in job descriptions. Then, you can tailor your strategy accordingly.
  • Learn all you can. Become as knowledgeable as possible about your preferred new field. Subscribe to newsletters, join online groups, and follow top companies on social media.

The experienced career managers at MedicalPros Recruiting & Staffing can help as you transition into your next professional role, whether it’s within or outside the nursing realm. For nearly a quarter century, we’ve worked with professionals to gain access to top jobs throughout the Northwest. Contact us today to learn more.

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