Nursing is one of the most versatile careers out there, and we have the list to prove it! Not only are nurses constantly in demand, but they work in some of the most unusual settings you can imagine. We bet there’s at least a few nursing jobs that you’ve never heard of listed here, have a look!
#1. Cruise ship Nurse
An average cruise ship can hold over a thousand passengers and hundreds of staff. Cruise ship nurses work with a medical team in a clinic-like setting to provide care for all of these cruisers. To work in cruise ship nursing, it is helpful to have emergency nursing (ER) experience or trauma/ICU experience since medical emergencies do occur. The medical team on a cruise ship also provides occupational health services for the entire staff of the cruise ship as well. While cruise ship nursing does pay well and has many additional perks (fun & travel!) the job often requires the nurse to sign a contract to work for the cruise ship for several months at a time. To find out more information on cruise ship nursing jobs, check out the cruise ship nursing page on Cruiseshipjobs.
#2. Disney Nurse
Want to work as a nurse in the happiest place on Earth? Yes, that’s right, Disney hires nurses! Nurses who work for Disney complete Occupational Health duties for Disney employees, as well as provide emergent care if needed to Disney staff and guests. To work in this field, it’s helpful to have prior nursing experience in emergency nursing (ER) and/or Occupational health nursing. For more information on these opportunities, click Disney Nursing jobs.
#3. Camp Nursing
If you love working with kids and spending time in the outdoors, you will love camp nursing! Camp nurses manage all medications and emergent health care needs for campers and staffers. Typically a camp will have a physician and a few nurses on staff, so you will be working in a team environment. Camp nursing is usually seasonal, and offers perks for parents in that their children can typically attend camp for free. Camp nurses come from many different backgrounds, but it is helpful to have pediatrics and/or emergency nursing (ER) experience. To see current Camp nurse job openings, click here to check out the jobs page on the ACN (Association of Camp Nurses) website.
#4. Telephonic Nurse
Telephonic nurses perform assessments of patient situations and provide health care information and advice over the telephone. Telephonic nurses work from several different settings, including hospitals and Doctors’ offices, call centers, and even from home. Often times a medical practice will hire a nurse to answer their phones after-hours and handle situations that are non-emergent. Companies such as WebMD hire nurses to work telephonically from home providing health information and education to patients. Telephonic nursing offers nurses a great deal of flexibility and autonomy since you are working on your own. If you’d like to watch a video describing a typical day as a telephonic nurse, click here.
To succeed in Telephonic nursing, it is helpful if nurses have prior experience in Doctors’ offices, clinics, or case management. Since they work so independently, it is desired that nurses who want to go into telephonic nursing careers have at least a few years of nursing experience. There are several places to find telephonic nursing jobs:
#5. Insurance Claims/Case Management Nurse
Did you know that nurses are one of the largest work forces at Insurance companies? They are! Nurses do many things for insurance companies, including reviewing and approving medical insurance claims, handling claim appeals, and even managing the health care needs for their customers. Many of these nurses work in a corporate setting at the insurance companies themselves, but some also work from home in distance or telephonic positions. Insurance companies rely on nurses’ prior medical experience and knowledge to review medical claims and decide if the charges are appropriate for the patients’ medical condition. Case management nurses will often follow members who have complex chronic healthcare needs to ensure they are managing their health in the most effective way possible while also trying to eliminate unnecessary healthcare expenses. To find out more about nursing jobs in the insurance field, you can check out this article in the Nursing Times on working in the insurance industry.
To see job postings for nurses in the insurance field, check out the links below:
#6. SANE Nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
A S.A.N.E. Nurse, or sexual assault nurse examiner, is a Registered Nurse who works to collect evidence and provide care for patients who have been sexually assaulted. As you can imagine, this is highly emotionally charged work, and requires a nurse who is emotionally stable and strong to handle the various situations they may see. To become a SANE nurse, it is helpful for the nurse to have prior experience in Emergency Nursing (ER), trauma/ICU, or maternal/child care. Nurses who want to get into this field must attend an additional training program and pass a certification exam. To find out more information on SANE nursing, including a list of available training programs, check out this link from the National Association for Forensic Nursing.
#7. Legal Nurse Consultant
A legal nurse consultant works as a member of the legal team in medical related lawsuits. Legal Nurse Consultants typically use their clinical knowledge to review a legal case, and offer a professional medical opinion for different aspects of a lawsuit. They can also help guide attorneys in which areas they may want to do more research, hire medical experts, etc. since attorneys and legal staff typically have limited medical knowledge. Some LNC’s work for a legal practice directly, but the majority of them work independently as a consultant. This gives the LNC nurse a lot of flexibility, since they are essentially running their own business. In order to be a successful LNC, it is recommended that nurses have at least a few years of prior nursing experience to draw on when handling legal situations. The most prominent training program for a nurse to become a LNC is offered through the Vickie Milazzo CLNC Institute. Please note that I am not personally recommending this training program as I have not completed it, but it is one of the few training programs offered for LNCs.
#8. Flight Nurse
A flight nurse is one of the most critical nursing positions there is. When a severe trauma or medical emergency occurs (such as a bad car accident) a helicopter-based emergency medical team arrives to provide care to a critically injured patient while they transport that patient via helicopter to a nearby trauma facility/hospital. A nurse who works as a flight nurse must be able to handle high-stress situations with ease and be able to fly comfortably in a helicopter for several hours a day. It is helpful for a flight nurse to have prior experience in Emergency nursing (ER) or in a trauma/ICU setting. To learn more about flight nursing, check out the Wikipedia page about flight nursing. To view current listing of jobs for flight nurses, click here.
I hope this list has opened your eyes to all the unique practice areas that nurses can work in. Hopefully these career options show you that your nursing career can be as much of an adventure as you’d like it to be!