Where Can Nurses Work? (Hint: It’s NOT Limited to Hospitals!)

Hello and welcome to Part 2 of our “Can I Be a Nurse?” series, the first part to our guide of helping you get into the nursing school of your dreams!

In this series we talk about the profession of nursing in general. We tell you everything you need to know before deciding if nursing is the profession for you!

Check out part 1 “What Exactly Do Nurses Do?” before you read this article!

Today we discuss all of the possible places nurses can work. Most nurses do work in a hospital setting, but there are many places nurses work that you probably have never even thought about!

Hospital settings:

  1. Emergency department
    • Fast-paced, high octane environment
  2. Intensive care unit
    • Highly intelligent nurses taking care of deathly ill patients
  3. Operating room
    • Assisting and charting during surgery
  4. Cardiovascular
  5. Oncology (cancer)
  6. Psychiatry/mental/behavioral health
  7. Pediatrics
  8. Geriatrics
  9. Maternity
  10. Post-surgery
    • Monitoring and treating patients as they recover
  11. Travel companies
    • Get paid to travel and work in various hospitals throughout the country!
  • Many more specialized units

Alternate settings:

  1. Hospice (dying patients)
  2. Camps
  3. Your own office
    • As an entrepreneur
    • As a writer
  4. Places of worship
  5. Flight nursing (helicopters)
  6. Courts of law
  7. Military bases
  8. Prenatal/Well-baby clinics
  9. Home health care
  10. Schools
  11. Correctional facilities
  12. Poison control centers
  13. Rehabilitation centers
  14. Colleges
  15. Health clinics
  16. Pharmaceutical companies
  • Much more!

One of the beautiful aspects of obtaining a nursing degree is that it is extremely versatile. Even those who don’t like seeing bodily fluids have some options in the nursing field. For those who are worried that the hospital setting isn’t for them, there are countless other possibilities. For those who do want to work in a hospital, there are plenty of opportunities for you!

If you go into nursing, will you be able to find a job? Find out in our next section as we discuss the Job Outlook For Future Nurses!

Next: Job Outlook for Nurses: Will You Find a Job After Graduation?

For further reading on job settings in nursing check out the links below.

11 Unique Places Nurses with a BSN Degree Can Work

Where Do Nurses Work?

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Have a great day!


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