Sunday, August 17, 2014

Alternative Nursing Careers for Older Nurses

I've been doing some research into careers, particularly registered nursing. I want to be a nurse I think but I know they do a lot of hard work -- like walking around and stuff. I looked into other jobs for nurses, just in case I decide to go to nursing school, work until I'm 50, and just get too old or tired of being an RN. Now, before you guys go jumping the gun, I've looked into an CNA to RN program to gain experience and know nursing school is going to be hard.

What I found is that many RNs may not be able to work in the clinical setting for any number of reasons, but this is certainly not due to the lack of work opportunities.

Other responsibilities or personal reasons may limit some nurses from practicing their profession in the usual setup, but there are countless alternative nursing careers for older nurses.

These jobs may be better suited to RNs with experience, as well. So, if you have been a nurse for awhile, you may find these a good fit to you. A few of the careers may require additional education, such as a master's degree.

RN jobs for older nurses

Remote triage

They can work as telephone triage nurse or be affiliated with a medical call center.

Triage nurses answer phoned-in questions, assess callers’ symptoms and complaints, and refer them to specialists. They offer medical advice for minor ailments, ask the right questions, record important information, and prioritize appointments with doctors and hospitals.

Case management

RNs can work from home while performing case management responsibilities for healthcare service facilities and insurance agencies.

They evaluate and monitor patient cases and coordinate with various organizations for services needed by the patient. They work on following up treatment, compensation, and insurance benefit issues.


Nurses are in demand as healthcare recruiters, too.

A healthcare recruiter has the task to accept application for medical and allied jobs, evaluate resumes, conduct interviews, validate credentials and work experience, and submit recommendations to the employer.

The job can be done online, but the recruiter may need to do personal interviews and meetings occasionally.

Legal nurse

Lawyers often require nurses as consultant to their cases.

Nurses find jobs as legal nurse consultants helping lawyers prepare their legal cases in matters that involve patient care, standard operating procedures in hospitals, malpractice, wages and salaries, and many other areas that pertain to the medical field and healthcare system.

Insurance Co.

Nurses earn a hefty pay check working with insurance companies.
Nurses earn an annual wage of around $78,000 as healthcare experts in insurance agencies.

They assess claims, review contracts, or perform administrative and managerial responsibilities related to insurance. 


An instructor can be another option for experienced RN. Although it may require a master's degree, it is a position that will keep you in the nursing field and will have less strain.


Jobs in nursing informatics are in hospitals and clinics but don't require any floor work.

Informatics uses your RN skills with and computer science skills to manage data and facilitate patient care.

Different workplace

A different workplace may also solve any issues you might have. Rather than working in a hospital, consider moving to a clinic, or into the business world.

Many large companies employ a nurse on staff for any mishaps at their facility.

Different career?

Nurses have an extensive knowledge and experience in healthcare, anatomy, pharmacology, health and diseases, communication, data-recording and observing and handling patients.

Their skills make them ideal candidates for 2 year medical coder and biller jobs, medical transcriptionists, online nursing teachers and tutors, and writers for medical websites.

Health and medical records must be digitized; manufacturers of medical equipment need people with healthcare background; hospitals lower their costs by allowing administrative people, such medical billers, to telecommute; and medical companies reach a wider audience through their websites.

These are areas which nurses may find gainful work beyond the usual clinical setup.

I think that one of these alternative careers may suite me someday.

Photo credit: Texas A&M University, CC-BY-2.0

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to the dictionary ...

Despite getting out of school a week ago, I still find I'm still learning and have a new habit of getting the dictionary out.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Story Response to “Gryphon” by Charles Baxter

“Gryphon” by Charles Baxter, viewed in a broader picture shows the value that Americans place on certain things: math, science, or history, against, for instance mysticism, mythology, or religion. In the first set, everything is defined, like concrete, with little change, except for new discoveries, but the second set there is little or no proof for existence.  These subjects are interesting, but hard to take seriously unless, of  course, someone is truly devoted to them.  Children above all, are the last people that should be learning about things that are not concrete, because they are impressionable and need to have a concrete foundation of knowledge before they start learning things that the American society deems as worthless.
Although, to anyone mystery is an allure, because there are so many questions to ask, that may not be answered.  Miss Ferenczi, the substitute teacher, is just as much as a mystery as her lies.  She is a well developed character, because down to the color of her purse--purple--is used to create that mystical feel, too, the plain and simple fact that she was new to the school and not a soul knew where she came from helped get across the mystery.  The fact that she is a compulsive liar is foreshadowed early in the story with the parallel the narrator draws her face to as Pinocchio.  In addition, Miss Ferenczi, pauses as she speaks, looks around the room, and speaking quickly, are all signs given to the reader, to help develop her character as a liar.

Even the narrators mother, showing what the society expects, tells her son to go do the chores instead of enriching her mother with lies, but the main idea is that society values hard work over personal growth. 

The main character, the narrator, changes in a subtle way, because the feeling that the reader gets from the beginning of the story that the narrator dislikes being lectured on concrete knowledge.  The same  holds true at the end as well, only the mystery of the substitute teacher and her lies holds his attention, and this is accomplished with the wild tales.  The narrator seems to have a crush on this teacher, because he believes everything she tells the class, he also thinks that everything she says is fabulous, and defends her when his friends think she is lying.  However, the main reason the narrator may listen so attentively is that he has a crush on her, there is a moon that the narrator sees in the daytime while talking to Miss Ferenczi, and this could possibly serve as a universal symbol for love.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Writing Response to “Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason

The ending in“Shiloh” by Bobbie Ann Mason is very ambiguous in nature, leaving it up to the reader to decide what exactly happened; because the story does seem to point that Norma Jean wanted to get out of the rut she was in.

The reader is given a multitude of tell-tale signs that suggests this: exercising to further her form, enrolling in a composition class, and quitting smoking.  It seems if Leroy has a large influence on her, because she only started pumping iron when Leroy introduced it to her.

In addition, when the two of them are at Shiloh (sounds more like a dog’s name than a city) they burst with laughter at a line that Norma Jean says, in a way it still ties them together,  too, with the bedspread at the end giving the comfort and security of home.  It is rather confusing that she yearns to become young again, but as she walks away from Leroy, at the picnic, she remarks that she doesn’t know what she is saying, not wanting to throw away the years she has spent with him. 

The conflict doesn’t come across very early in the story, yet Leroy does know that things aren’t going too well, failing to open any sort of communication with her.  Instead his simple pot smoking mind thinks about logs--Lincoln Logs,  truckloads of logs, and blueprints for log houses--this is his own fault, but, possibly he didn’t know any better--driving a semi, he had to focus on one objective at a time.  However, if the conflict came earlier in the story, the ending probably would not be as ambiguous or it wouldn’t lead up to anything, so it is best the way it is.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Writing Response for “Araby” by James Joyce

Being on a street that has only one-way in and out can have many virtues and vices that Joyce hints at in Araby, but he subtlety uses the symbolic quality of a dead-end street. The entire story is devoted to him trying to change, even in spite of being stuck on a one-way street.  Life was passing the narrator by, because he did nothing but peep out the door waiting for a girl that lived next to him to walk down the stairs so that he could run in front of her like a mouse.  As the narrator says “I had never spoken to her except for a few casual words, and yet her name was like a summon to all my foolish blood” (par. 4).  He has developed an obsessional fantasy about her, while dreaming in solitaire instead of speaking openly.

The aunt and uncle are all that is left of his family, because the biological parents are not mentioned.  So it can be assumed that he has had a traumatic life, and now searching for a change.  The uncle also does not seem to be a caring adult, because he neglected to pay attention to the narrator by coming home late.  “He [the uncle] asked me [the narrator] where I was going, and...I had told him a second time” and the narrator puts up with this just to get money. 

After an encounter with her, he decides to spring a change in his life, because he journeys to the bazaar in search of a gift for her.  Although plagued with problems, eventually he makes it to the bazaar near closing.  Finding a couple stalls still open he began looking over the wares.  

Hearing a pointless conversation with a young lady and two gentlemen, he infers that life is just as pointless as that conversation, and ventures home empty handed--losing hope. 

It appears that he is a young child, because of playing on the street, having little courage, and asking his uncle for money.  However the vocabulary is not consistent with young children’s; “impinge” or “garrulous” are the work of a well-educated person or a skillful thesaurus user.  In spite of this one can assume that this was a personal experience that Joyce had, and he reflected upon it at a latter time in his life.  Too, this may be the reason why it is done in a first person point of view, so that it tells the reader that “I” is the writer. 

Joyce wraps the entire story in a seamless package that gets his point across very nicely, yet in a somewhat subtle manner.  “North Richmond Street, being blind” foreshadows the entire story in a symbolic way, because the street was indeed like his life-- a dead end.  It is apparent that their was problems in the narrator\writers life, but many years later the writer skillfully composes these problems to leave the reader with this “Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger”  (par 37).  The beginning  of change starts with understanding the predicament. 

Joyce, James.  “Araby.”  Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama.  Ed. X.J.      Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 7th ed. New York: Longman, 1999.  517-522.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer School's Out!

Summer school is done, and I get to go home to the parent's house for three weeks before starting school again.

Dorm life is OK, but city life is not for me. I walked by the bus station the other day and couldn't believe the type of people downtown by it. I'm not trying to be snotty or belittle the less fortunate but it's no wonder why this town has such a high crime rating.

There were people shooting up in broad daylight. Come on? How can anyone in their right mind think that this is safe. Where were the police? Out responding to shots fired. So, yeah, I think I'll just go back to my corner of the world where only a few people sleep under bridges rather than masses of homeless people sleeping on city benches throughout the city.

For all my hardwork through out the semester, I do have a lot of articles I wrote for an English class and figured I'd post them on here over the next few days/weeks. Enjoy!