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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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