A career in nursing is interesting since it offers a wide range of positions and career opportunities, which means you'll never get bored.

It's possible, however, that if you've had enough of the long shifts or if you're looking for something new, you may decide to leave the bedside or the clinical environment and pursue a new path in your career.

Nurses have a wide range of alternatives available to them, whether they work in a hospital or in a non-hospital context.

After graduating from nursing school, there are several nursing-related occupations you may want to consider which are listed below: 

Informatics nursing

Informatics nursing is a fantastic career choice for those who appreciate constant change, talking with others, and learning new things. Informatics nurses are responsible for examining the healthcare facility's needs to identify whether new technologies need to be implemented.

As a nurse, you'll be expected to combine your technical expertise with your clinical experience to improve patient care. You can anticipate working in IT firms, nursing schools, patients' homes, and long-term care facilities outside of the hospital.

Forensic Nursing

When it comes to forensic nursing, attention to detail is critical. Some examples of where they've been employed include mental health facilities (such as psychiatric institutions, anti-violence programs, coroners, and medical examiners' offices), penal facilities, and towns affected by catastrophic natural disasters.

When working in this field, you will be called upon to assess, screen, and treat victims of sexual assault and collect forensic evidence. Medical records and evidence gathered by your firm may also be called upon to testify in court.

Travel nurse

If you're looking for a new experience, consider a career in travel nursing. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities may have gaps in their workforce owing to employee training, staff shortages, long absences, and more. Travel nurses are needed to fill these gaps.

You'll be able to work when and where you want in this role, which gives you a lot of control over your schedule.

Recruiter for the Nursing Profession

To be a nurse recruiter, you must have a strong interest in the human resources side of healthcare. They can be found at large medical facilities like nursing homes and hospitals looking for part-time and long-term staff members. You may also find yourself working for a recruiting firm or agency as a freelance recruiter.

It is expected of this position to find, screen, and hire nursing talent; keep up-to-date on the newest trends in the job market; negotiate pay; and more in this role.

Research Nurse 

As a clinical research nurse, you'll conduct research into various sectors of the healthcare industry to improve patient outcomes. It is not uncommon for clinical research nurses to work in a range of settings such as academic institutions and pharmaceutical firms as well as in medical research organizations.

Sample and vitals collection, participant recruitment, clinical procedure preparation, and patient education are just some of the tasks of this position. A bachelor's degree in nursing is required for this position, but further training in a research environment is required.

School nurse

For those who enjoy working with students of all ages, a career in school nursing may be right for you. They are employed in all types of schools and military sites, including private and public schools as well as vocational schools.

Direct patient treatment will be provided to students, and you'll spend a significant portion of your time promoting health and education.


It's not always a straight path to becoming a nurse. You have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings and develop your skills and knowledge in a variety of ways. Make the most of your degree and use it to look into other possibilities. Becoming a nurse is a rewarding and challenging career choice.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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