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Nursing Jobs Outside of Hospital Settings


Thinking outside the box to apply your nursing degree

A degree in nursing prepares you for more than just working in a hospital or medical office. Nursing schools provide training that applies to many professions. If you love nursing but aren’t crazy about hospital settings, consider one of these alternative nursing jobs.

Get Involved in Clinical Research

Clinical trials for new treatments are going on all the time, and nurses are needed to care for the patients involved. If you’re interested in being on the cutting edge of medical research, you could find yourself working for a drug company, independent research foundation, or private practice.

Educate Others

New equipment, medications, and supplies are always being introduced in medical settings. Staff members need someone to show them how it all works, and your training could be just what they’re looking for. You also have the option of going back to school as a teacher instead of a student and passing on your knowledge to a new wave of budding nurses.

Guide Patients Through Rehab

Patients recovering from surgery and those working through drug addictions need intensive medical care. As a nurse at a drug rehab center, you’ll help manage symptoms of withdrawal and detoxification. Physical rehabilitation may involve administering medications, providing personal care, or assisting with therapy.

Deliver Care in Unusual Places

Amusement parks, concert venues, and large festivals bring big crowds together in close quarters, creating a prime setting for medical mishaps. Being a staff nurse means dealing with simple cases, such as heat exhaustion and headaches, as well as more serious conditions, including broken bones and excessive intoxication.

Offer Personal Care

Many individuals require help with everyday tasks in order to retain their independence. This includes elderly people who wish to remain at home, people with disabilities, and those recovering from illness or injury. Offering personal care as a home health aide or visiting nurse involves giving medical attention but may also include helping patients bathe and dress. You’ll create and manage care plans to ensure that patients always have the medications and therapy they need. This job requires patience and dedication but can be one of the most rewarding careers for a graduate of nursing school.

At Sumner College, you’ll find career programs in registered nursing and practical nursing designed to fit within your busy schedule. Visit our website for more information on our programs and to get in touch with us about starting a career in nursing. Once you’ve completed your degree, take advantage of our career services to find a nursing job in or around Portland, OR, and start putting what you’ve learned into practice.

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Associate Degree in Nursing
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