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Five Overlooked Registered Nurse Jobs

February 10, 2014 General 0 Comments

Five Overlooked Registered Nurse JobsThe stereotypical registered nurse toils in a hospital through a 12-hour shift, wears scrubs and works for doctors. But there are many jobs for RNs that fly in the face of these stereotypes. Take a look at five of these little-known registered nurse jobs.

1. Roles at Insurance Companies

Health insurance companies rely on nurses' expertise for a multitude of occupations. Some of these include the "Dial-a-Nurse" role, in which a nurse will field questions from policyholders about health concerns. Other roles include case managers and utilization nurses who ensure that policyholders are getting adequate care while protecting the insurance company's resources. Some insurance companies also have health coach opportunities, which can be ideal for nurses who love the patient education aspect of the job.

2. Forensic Nurse

Victims of abuse need medical care, support and justice for the crimes committed against them. Forensic nurses can help provide all three as they provide nursing care and collect important evidence from these victims. They are also trained to give testimony of their findings in court.

3. Occupational Nurse

These registered nurse jobs can be found in private businesses rather than in hospitals. The nurses employed by such businesses can take on a variety of responsibilities depending on the needs of their employers. Some facilities need a small clinic to provide minor first aid, while others may need a resource for health maintenance for their employees. Disaster planning and helping ill or injured employees return to work can also be a part of the occupational nurse's duties.

4. The US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

As one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, the Public Health Service provides care to under-served populations by working with such organizations as the Indian Health Service (IHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Bureau of Prisons. Additionally, when major disasters occur, the Public Health Corps is called into action to respond to the health needs of victims. Officers of the Corps can be deployed to disaster areas or detailed to agencies that require their services. Officer candidates are required to have at least a Bachelor's degree in nursing, but there are several programs available to help students through nursing school.

5. Research Nurse

As new medications and equipment are developed, clinical trials must be performed to ensure their safety and efficacy. The research nurse is responsible for providing treatment as well as maintaining the standards of the research study and properly documenting the findings. These nurses can be found in pharmaceutical companies, universities and research centers.

These few registered nurse jobs only scratch the surface of the non-stereotypical jobs that are available to nurses. The specialized knowledge and responsibilities of nurses make them ideally suited to effectively improve health outcomes wherever they are found.

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